26 Feb 2014

NZ helping build statistical capability across the Pacific

7:16 pm on 26 February 2014

Statisticians from Pacific countries are to spend time at Statistics New Zealand in an effort to grow their statistical knowledge and capability.

Four statisticians from Fiji, Kiribati, Tuvalu and Nauru are to work in Wellington for a month as part of a programme supported by the New Zealand aid programme.

The New Zealand Statistics Minister, Maurice Williamson, says it will help smaller national statistics offices ensure their people are well supported.

The Minister of Pacific Island Affairs, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, says growing statistical knowledge across the Pacific region will help governments make better decisions and improve planning for future growth and development.