Network management data sources

In addition to the information in the National Statement(external link), other data is available to prospective applicants.

Regional datasheets

  • 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.
  • Other publicly available data sources applicants can use to support their application and that the Minister may use in assessing the application. These include:

Ministry of Education

Early Childhood Education Directory | Early Childhood Services | Education Counts(external link)

A list of New Zealand Early Childhood Services including contact details, institution and regional information (updated nightly).

Early Childhood Education Statistics | Education Counts(external link)

Statistics on Early Childhood Education including statistics on providers of ECE, early learning participation, and language use in ECE.

ECE Participation | 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.)

API Early Childhood Centres and Schools | 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(external link) to facilitate more in-depth querying capabilities(external link).

Early Childhood Services | Education Counts(external link)

ECE directory data at SA2 level can be downloaded from the Early Childhood Services Directory page.(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 ( | Table viewer(external link)

An open (free) online data tool which contains useful information including Census data, ethnicity, age, etc. NZ.Stat allows you to create tables from large datasets and customise the variables you want. NZ.Stat provides 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 Statistics NZ datasets:

Age and sex by ethnic group (grouped total responses), for census usually resident population counts, 2006, 2013, and 2018 Censuses (RC, TA, SA2, DHB)(external link)

Statistical area 2 population projections, by age and sex 2018(base)-2048(external link)

Subnational ethnic population projections, by age and sex, 2018(base)-2043(external link)

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

2018 Census Data(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(base)–2073(external link)

National population projections, by age and sex, 2022(base)-2073(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(base)-2043 update(external link)

Commuter view

Commuter data from the 2018 Census is also visualised in 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(external link)

Commuter Waka - 2018 Census data visualisation(external link)

Ethnic populations

Ethnicity cartograms of New Zealand(external link)

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

Zoning data

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(external link) by searching contributing organisations to locate your local council's datasets, or by searching datasets(external link) and filtering by your location.

Te Puni Kōkiri

Te Puni Kōkiri is government’s principal policy advisor on 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.

Ministry for Pacific Peoples (MPP)(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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