Business - Geographic units by area unit 2000–2015

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ANZSIC06: Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification 2006. A business is normally assigned to an ANZSIC06 category according to the predominant activity it is engaged in. ANZSIC06 is a hierarchical classification with four levels: division, subdivision, group, and class.
Employees or employee count (EC): refers to paid employees. It is a head count of salary and wage earners sourced from taxation data. EC data is available on a monthly basis. The EC used for deriving business demography statistics is for the February month.

Data calculation/treatment

Enterprise, geographic unit, and EC counts in the tables in this release are randomly rounded. Due to rounding, individual figures may not sum to the stated total(s). Derived figures (eg percentage changes) are calculated using unrounded data.

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Limitations of the data

We recommend caution when using fine-level regional and industry business demography data. The Business Frame (BF) supports quality national-level and aggregate industry-level statistics but is not designed to provide quality fine-level regional or industry statistics. The BF update sources can have timing lags and less robust information for small and medium-sized enterprises. These quality weaknesses can be highlighted in fine-level business demography statistics.
Business demography does not provide official statistics on employment levels. The EC data in business demography is primarily used to support business size statistics.


Business demography statistics coverage is limited to economically significant enterprises that are engaged in producing goods and services in New Zealand. An enterprise must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- annual expenses or sales subject to GST of more than $30,000
- 12-month rolling mean employee count of greater than three
- part of a group of enterprises
- registered for GST and involved in agriculture or forestry
- over $40,000 of income recorded in the IR10 annual tax return (this includes some units in residential property leasing and rental).


Non-trading or dormant enterprises, as well as enterprises outside New Zealand, are excluded from business demography statistics.

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Dataset name

Business Demography Statistics: Geographic units by area unit 2015


How to find the data

Data is displayed at URL provided. Select Total Industry (all categories combined) to create this dataset.

Import & extraction details

File as imported: Business Demography Statistics: Geographic units by area unit 2015

From the dataset Business Demography Statistics: Geographic units by area unit 2015, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-65,921
  • Column: 7
  • Provided: 61,920 data points