Business - Enterprises by control classification and industry 2000–2015

Stats NZ


A business or service entity operating in New Zealand. It can be a company, partnership, trust, estate, incorporated society, producer board, local or central government organisation, voluntary organisation or self-employed individual.

Employee Count:
Employee count is a head-count of all salary and wage earners for the February reference month.

Control classification: Control is the ability to determine the general corporate policy of the institutional unit. for more information see

ANZSIC: A hierarchal industry classification. For more information, visit

Limitations of the data

  • Non-coverage of 'small' enterprises that fall below the economic significance criteria on Statistics New Zealand's Business Frame (BF).
    -Lags in recording business births and deaths.
  • Difficulties in maintaining industrial and business classifications for smaller firms (that are primarily maintained using administrative data).
  • Fine level regional and industry business demography data needs to be used with caution. The Statistics NZ Business Frame (BF), which is the main source of data for the business demography series, is designed to support quality national level statistics. It is not designed to provide quality fine level regional or industry statistics. The BF update sources can have timing lags and less robust information, particularly for medium and small sized businesses. These quality weaknesses can be highlighted in fine level business demography statistics.
  • Business demography time series statistics can be influenced by structural changes in businesses. These changes may include business mergers, one business taking over another business, or a business selling part of its activities. This can cause significant movement in an industry (ANZSIC06) time series of employee count data. For example in a business takeover where one enterprise is absorbed into another enterprise, the employees of the smaller enterprise will typically become classified to the ANZSIC06 of the larger enterprise.
  • Many enterprises undertake a range of business activities simultaneously. For example they manufacture and wholesale goods and their activities can be across a range of commodities that cross ANZSIC06 boundaries. Enterprises are classified to ANZSIC06 on the BF on the basis of predominant activity. Movements in time series of ANZSIC06 data can be caused by the predominant activity of enterprises changing. This can cause what appears to be a significant change in an industry time series. These changes need to be interpreted with caution as the business activity may be largely continuing under a different predominant industry classification.


Business demography statistics are limited to economically significant individual, private-sector and public-sector enterprises that are engaged in the production of goods and services in New Zealand. These enterprises are maintained on the Statistic NZ Business Frame, which generally includes all employing units and those enterprises with GST turnover greater than $30,000 per year.

Changes to data collection/processing

The time series of business demography data has several significant changes caused by improved Statistics NZ processes. No attempt has been in the series to remove the influence of these changes, rather they are described here so that users can understand the time series.
- For a period of time prior to 2002 the agricultural units (ANZSIC 06 subdivision A01) on the Business Frame (BF) were maintained to a lower quality level than other units on the BF. From 2002 a programme of annual agricultural production statistics was reintroduced with consequential improvements in the BF quality. From 2004 the quality of the agricultural units on the BF is considered robust. Prior to this some of the changes in business demography statistics for agriculture reflect quality improvements in the BF, rather than actual changes.
- The business demography series shows a small drop in the total number of enterprises from 2000 to 2001. This was caused by a change in June 2000 to the methodology used to add new units to the BF. New non-employing units were only added to the BF after administrative data sources reported that they displayed sufficient activity to meet the BF economic significance conditions, previously that had been added to the frame at an earlier date. The change only influenced non-employing businesses.
- The business demography series shows a significant increase in the number of enterprises in 2004, particularly in ANZSIC06 divisions K Financial and Insurance Services, and L Rental, Hiring and Real Estate Services. This was largely a consequence of improved use of administrative data to maintain the BF. Most of the enterprises added were non-employing businesses.

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Dataset name

Business Demography Statistics: Enterprises by control classification and industry 2015


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Import & extraction details

File as imported: Business Demography Statistics: Enterprises by control classification and industry 2015

From the dataset Business Demography Statistics: Enterprises by control classification and industry 2015, this data was extracted:

  • Rows: 2-3,145
  • Column: 5
  • Provided: 3,144 data points

Dataset originally released on:

October 29, 2015

Purpose of collection

Business demographic statistics give an annual snapshot (as at February) of the structure and characteristics of New Zealand businesses.