Network management data sources

In addition to the information in the National Statement, other data is available to prospective applicants

Interactive dashboard

This dashboard brings together Statistics NZ data on population and ethnicity with the ECE Census data on provision as well as future provision (Network Approval granted) at an SA2 level.

The early learning network dashboard – Education Counts(external link)

Regional datasheets

These data sheets include a map of the region, high-level regional early childhood education data and other data broken down by territorial authority within the region. 

Network management regional datasheets

Ministry of Education

A list of New Zealand early childhood services including contact details, institution and regional information (updated nightly).

Early childhood services – Education Counts(external link)

Statistics on early childhood education (ECE) including statistics on providers of ECE, early learning participation and language use in ECE.

Early childhood education statistics – Education Counts(external link)

This index page provides statistics on children's participation in ECE including tables on prior participation rates of children starting school, enrolments and average hours spent in ECE.

The pivot table spreadsheet allows you to adjust your table by any combination of variables. It includes the option of displaying number of enrolments in early learning by service type and regional type variables (including territorial authority or education region), and to filter by variables such as ethnic group. (Requires MS Excel version 2007 or later.)

ECE participation – Education Counts(external link)

An application programming interface (API) has been developed to provide another way to access details on early childhood education services from the early childhood education directory.

Details are included on the site regarding downloading this dataset, as well as further information related to using APIs to facilitate more in-depth querying capabilities.

API early childhood centres and schools – Education Counts(external link)

Using APIs – link)

ECE directory data at SA2 level can be downloaded from the early childhood services directory page.

Early childhood services – Education Counts(external link)

Please note, the Minister will only consider licensed early childhood services when assessing demand, forecast growth, supply and need for the purpose of network approval.

Statistics New Zealand


NZ.Stat is an open (free) online data tool which contains useful information including census data, ethnicity, age, and so on.

Table viewer – NZ.Stat(external link)

You can:

  • create tables from large datasets and customise the variables you want
  • access a user guide and quick guide to get started
  • download a table in Excel (up to 100,000 cells) or CSV format (up to a million cells).

Other useful NZ.Stat datasets:

Age and sex by ethnic group (grouped total responses) – NZ.Stat(external link)

Subnational ethnic population projections by age and sex – NZ.Stat(external link)

Census data

Data is also available from 2018 Census along with tutorials on how to find and use regional data from 2018 Census.

2018 census data – Statistics NZ(external link)

Projections at national level with a 2022 base and also by age and sex which consider COVID-19 impacts on net migration, recent immigration settings and birth rates. (Released July 2022.)

National population projections: 2022 – Statistics NZ(external link)

National population projections by age and sex 2022 – Statistics NZ(external link)

This table contains 2018-base (update) projections of the European or Other (including New Zealander), Māori, Asian, Pacific, Middle Eastern/Latin American/African, Chinese, Indian, and Samoan ethnic populations usually living in New Zealand. Released September 2022.

National ethnic population projections by age and sex 2018 – NZ.Stat(external link)

Commuter Waka

Commuter data from the 2018 Census is also visualised in Commuter Waka.

Explore – Commuter Waka(external link)

Commuter Waka displays where people travel to and from for work and education, how they travel and how often they travel.

Main means of travel to work and workplace address – NZ.Stat(external link)

Commuter Waka: 2018 census data visualisation – Statistics NZ(external link)

Ethnic populations

The proportion of ethnic populations by Territorial Authority and Auckland Local Boards (TALB) from the 2018 Census.

Ethnicity cartograms of New Zealand – Statistics NZ(external link)

Zoning data can be obtained from district councils to understand areas designated as residential, commercial, rural or mixed from the relevant district plan.

Datasets may be found in the catalogue by searching contributing organisations to locate your local council's datasets or by searching datasets and filtering by your location.

Catalogue – link)

Search datasets – link)

Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri is government’s principal policy advisor on Māori wellbeing and development.

Māori wellbeing and development – Te Puni Kōkiri(external link)

Ministry for Pacific Peoples

The Ministry for Pacific Peoples brings the Pacific voice, perspective and understanding to policy and initiatives.

Pacific voice, perspective and understanding – Ministry for Pacific Peoples(external link)

No warranty is given as to the accuracy at any particular time of the data provided by the Ministry or any other agency.

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