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Late, but anyway: New Zealand makes (some) statistics free – but why?

Left over in the busy-ness last week was the piece in Guardian Technology about New Zealand’s government making a leap of faith and freeing a number of its statistical data that was previously charged-for.

In New Zealand puts its trust in statistics, I ask Statistics NZ and Business NZ (the trade body lobbying on behalf of business) what the economic justification for the move was. The answer: nobody seems to know. But it seemed like a good idea.

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