Sweet Baby Jesus – accountability from a Wellington Bureaucrat? Will James Shaw finally admit Census was an abortion?

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No one resigned after the the meth testing State House hysteria.

No one resigned after the Oranga Tamariki baby thefts.

No one resigned for the housing crisis, needless prisoner overcrowding or  the Ihumātao rezoning that caused the current protests.

No one resigns because when you are a Wellington Bureaucrat you are teflon, so news that the head of Stats NZ has resigned because of the Census fiasco is a welcome tonic to the soul…

Head of Stats NZ Liz MacPherson resigns over botched census

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The government statistician and Stats NZ chief executive Liz MacPherson was appointed to the role after the last census in 2013.

In the latest census, full or partial responses had been collected for only 90 percent of the estimated population, compared with 94.5 percent in the 2013 census.

Ms MacPherson said Stats NZ was too optimistic and placed too much emphasis on the online census, and did not have robust contingency plans for when things started to go wrong.

She said as leader of the organisation, she took full responsibility for the report.

She will remain in her role as government statistician until Christmas.

…the real reason why there has been a scalp here, unlike the other screw ups, is that in the other examples it’s normally poor brown people suffering so Wellington Bureaucrat’s don’t get punished if they can pronounce Te Reo correctly, but in the Census issue it impacts vast amounts of public spending in white rich places, so someone must be punished.

After months and months of James Shaw defending the Census meltdown, will the Minister finally acknowledge it was an enormous cock up? Despite this being a National Party brainfart, Shaw has refused to criticise his own Ministry which begs the question who is actually in charge here? The Minister or the Ministry?

TDB argued this would be a disaster when the decision to move it online was made, and it has come to pass. You tell the Bureaucrat’s what to do, you never let them dream up short cuts.

8 COMMENTS

  1. If the wealthy keep sowing the seeds of revolution then they will havest the revolution in time.

    Millennials just want to buy a house, that would challenge there unprecedented rates of wokism, non-heterosexuality and not wanting to die from climate change.

  2. “Some statistics on more personal data, such as iwi affiliation – and a number of other data sets still to be figured out – would not be viable.”

    Maori get dick’d again.

  3. Questions to ask; who appointed her, which party was leading government when she was appointed, which government set the budget, was she simply costing costs as instructed.

    • More than likely she is just a scapegoat. Someone had to go, and she was the one who took the fall. It is very unlikely that she made the decision to go online with the census herself. If anything she probably just signed off on an idea put together by some very expensive middle managers and external contracted “experts” who will walk away with no punishment what so ever.

  4. “…the real reason why there has been a scalp here, unlike the other screw ups, is that in the other examples it’s normally poor brown people suffering so Wellington Bureaucrat’s don’t get punished if they can pronounce Te Reo correctly, but in the Census issue it impacts vast amounts of public spending in white rich places, so someone must be punished.”

    Perhaps I’m reading the reports wrong – but this did disproportionately impact Maori in poverty, right? Maori were under represented by the census result, to the point that Stats NZ are now working with Iwi to better get their message out to Maori and get better engagement from Maori.

    I’m just not sure this paragraph is all that valid – I mean, it appears Maori were the ones under served by this census, and would have been the ones disproportionately affected by the poor quality of the data initially collected. I get what you are saying, and would normally agree, but it just seems a bit unjustified in this particular instance. If anything it seems almost the opposite – a caucasian bureaucrat that has stepped down due to a mistake that disproportionately affected Maori.

    • Comrade, let me expand on my point.

      You are 100% correct in pointing out that Māori have been horribly impacted by this, but my point is that the electoral boundaries and vast amounts of public money spending are also dictated by the Census and seeing as this cock up has impacted that, we are seeing accountability. Previously cock ups have only impacted poor brown people so no one is held accountable, this time electoral boundaries and Wellington beorocratic spending has been impacted.

    • Do some homework marius so you learn why is is important for people to be counted, Treaty partner, funding for health services and other government services, number of political seats for electoral boundaries, policy implications, future planning.

  5. Do some homework marius so you learn why is is important for people to be counted, Treaty partner, funding for health services and other government services, number of political seats for electoral boundaries, policy implications, future planning.

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