November 7, 2011

Stat of the Week Competition: November 5 – 11, 2011

Each week, we would like to invite readers of Stats Chat to submit nominations for our Stat of the Week competition and be in with the chance to win an iTunes voucher.

Here’s how it works:

  • Anyone may add a comment on this post to nominate their Stat of the Week candidate before midday Friday November 11 2011.
  • Statistics can be bad, exemplary or fascinating.
  • The statistic must be in the NZ media during the period of November 5-11 2011 inclusive.
  • Quote the statistic, when and where it was published and tell us why it should be our Stat of the Week.

Next Monday at midday we’ll announce the winner of this week’s Stat of the Week competition, and start a new one.

The fine print:

  • Judging will be conducted by the blog moderator in liaison with staff at the Department of Statistics, The University of Auckland.
  • The judges’ decision will be final.
  • The judges can decide not to award a prize if they do not believe a suitable statistic has been posted in the preceeding week.
  • Only the first nomination of any individual example of a statistic used in the NZ media will qualify for the competition.
  • Employees (other than student employees) of the Statistics department at the University of Auckland are not eligible to win.
  • The person posting the winning entry will receive a $20 iTunes voucher.
  • The blog moderator will contact the winner via their notified email address and advise the details of the $20 iTunes voucher to that same email address.
  • The competition will commence Monday 8 August 2011 and continue until cancellation is notified on the blog.


  • avatar
    Simon Moyes

    Statistic: “The Honda Torneo is the most stolen car in New Zealand, according to claims placed with AA Insurance.”

    Later in the same article: “2011 AA Insurance Drivers Index, a poll of 3,550 Kiwi drivers, found the majority have had their car stolen from a public car park…12.9 per cent admitted to regularly leaving a vehicle unlocked no matter where it was parked.”
    Source: New Zealand Herald
    Date: 8/11/2011

    Honda Torneo has the highest theft rate.

    The AA Insurance survey seems to be of car theft claimants although not stated in the article.

    6 years ago

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    Julie Middleton

    Statistic: Zhai Zhenwu, a leading Chinese demographer, said that China’s family planning policy [largely one child per family, with some exceptions] had postponed the world’s population reaching seven billion by at least five years, as it prevented 400 million people from being added to the country’s population, which is 1.34 billion at present.
    Source: Xinhua (Chinese state press agency)
    Date: Today in an e-letter of the New Zealand Parliamentarians’ Group on Population and Development

    With the international media fussing about which baby was number 7 billion, I found this interesting …

    6 years ago

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    Statistic: New Zealand’s net loss of people to Australia has averaged almost 25,000 a year in the three years since Prime Minister John Key was elected – a higher net loss than the average under any previous government.
    Source: NZ herald
    Date: Nov 9, 2011

    It seems the conclusion from James Newell proofs what Goff critized about the migration loss under Key’s government.

    Good to compare to the article from Thomas Lumley’s article about the immigration rate

    6 years ago