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Satellite Meeting on Measuring Small Populations

The IAOS satellite meeting "Measuring Small and Indigenous Populations" will be held at Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, on 14 and 15 April 2005. The meeting, which will be hosted by Statistics New Zealand (the national statistical organisation) is being held in conjunction with the ISI 2005 Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Expressions of interest and call for papers
Contact details
The venue
Evening events
Applications for travel grants for residents of Latin American countries
Information for delegates
More information

Expressions of interest and call for papers

Expressions of interest

At this time, you may either:

simply record your interest in attending the Satellite Meeting (you will be contacted later in the year to formally Register);

you may go straight to the formal Registration process and register now.

Call for papers:

Proposals for papers are invited on topics related to the conference theme.

If you are interested in presenting a paper please indicate this in the appropriate section of either the “Expressions of Interest” or the formal “Registration” forms. Later this year you will be contacted to confirm the paper.

While the main focus is on methodological issues, the satellite meeting will also be of direct interest to economic and social researchers, as the theme encompasses the challenges of measuring small domains in economic, social and population statistics.

Among the themes likely to be covered by papers are:

  • statistical methods used to collect information in censuses or other large-scale surveys
  • measurement and improvement of data quality
  • the derivation of indicators on indigenous populations, communities or subnational areas
  • statistical use of administrative data sources
  • experience with data integration initiatives
  • small area estimation
  • other new developments in satisfying the growing demand for disaggregated statistical measures.

The deadline for submitting abstracts of papers is Tuesday 30 November 2004 (please note extension of deadline), although we would like to receive the abstracts earlier, if possible. The final paper must be received by 15 January 2005 to allow organisers sufficient time to arrange for distribution at the conference.

Papers should be sent to . Queries regarding papers should be directed to Mansor Khawaja, Chief Demographer (see contact details below).

The conference proceedings will be published.

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Contact details

Kevin Eddy is the Conference Manager and may be contacted as follows:

Statistics New Zealand
PO Box 2922,
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 4 931 4690
Fax: +64 4 931 4617

Mansoor Khawaja, Chief Demographer, is organising the context of the meeting and may be contacted as follows:

Statistics New Zealand
PO Box 2922,
Wellington, New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 964 8794
Fax: +64 3 964 8759

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The venue

Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, is just under three hours flight from Sydney, Australia. The conference venue, Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand, is a high-quality conference venue, situated close to all facilities on the Wellington waterfront. Wellington recently hosted the world premiere of the much acclaimed film "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King".

New Zealand is famous for its alpine wilderness scenery, pristine beaches and a huge range of sporting, outdoor and cultural activities available for visitors.

See Wellington city map

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The following is a selection of hotel accommodation within easy walking distance of the conference venue. You will need to organise your own bookings and we suggest you do this promptly. For further information about Wellington accommodation and our beautiful city.

The Duxton
Large international hotel situated within five minutes of the conference venue, featuring panoramic sea views from most rooms. It is close to theatres and the entertainment district of Courtney Place. International award winning cuisine.

West Plaza Hotel
Also only five minutes to Te Papa and close to the central business district. Over 100 rooms available including seven suites. All rooms have ensuites, good menu and smoke free floors.

The Bay Plaza Hotel
Situated within minutes of Te Papa and close to Oriental Bay (the city beach) the Bay Plaza has 78 city and harbour view guest rooms. Close to cafes, beach and swimming pool the hotel is within easy walking distance of Courtney Place.

Museum Hotel
Directly opposite Te Papa this boutique style hotel has well appointed rooms and some suites. The hotel offers a range of guest facilities.

The Wellesley Hotel
Boutique hotel neo-georgian style hotel in the heart of the central business district. Open fire, great menu and stylish accommodation. Ten minute walk around the water front to Te Papa .

See Wellington city map

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Evening events

Cocktail Function – Wednesday 13th April 2005

The Minister of Statistics will be hosting a cocktail function for all delegates at the Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, commencing at 6:00pm. (There is no charge for this function and no requirement to book your attendance.)

Conference dinner - Thursday 14 April 2005

A conference dinner will be held at the Wellington Brewing Company - a refurbished harbour-side building close to Te Papa. The brewery is known for it's excellent boutique beers which are brewed on site. The evening will be hosted by the company's Brewer, and will feature a special matching food and beer menu. Other beverages will also be available.

The dinner is limited to the first 100 people. Cost of the dinner is $(NZ)80.00 (includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax). Reservations for the dinner are made at the time of your formal registration , see Registration section

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The registration fee for the two-day conference is $(NZ)350.00 (includes New Zealand Goods and Services Tax). For students a discounted registration fee of $(NZ)50.00 will apply.

A conference dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 14 April 2005. The cost of this will be $(NZ)80.00 per person.

The close-off date for registrations is 31 January 2005. Refunds will be given if cancellation is received before 14 March 2005 (ie one month before the conference). No refund will be given if cancellation is after 14 March 2005.

To register

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Applications for travel grants for residents of Latin American countries


Statistics New Zealand is pleased to announce that it has secured sponsorship funding from New Zealand’s Agency for International Development (NZAID) to fund up to five delegates (statisticians/social researchers) to the satellite meeting from the following countries in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.


The applicants should be citizens of, and resident in, the following countries, with particular expertise in working on measuring indigenous populations: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. Statistics New Zealand and NZAID would particularly welcome applications from indigenous statisticians/social researchers with relevant experience.

Selection will be application based, therefore applications for sponsored attendance will need to be in the form of a Curriculum Vitae with specific emphasis on their achievements in this field. Applicants for the travel grants should be made on the attached form.

Abstract of the paper

Only those applicants who intend to present a paper at the satellite meeting will be considered for a travel grant. Applications will also need to include an abstract of the paper they propose to present at the conference, and have a letter from the head of their organisation supporting their application. All communications should be in English. The conference programme will be conducted in English, and no translation services will be available.

The conference organisers would particularly welcome papers on:

  1. statistical Issues in enumerating or measuring indigenous population in the census/surveys,
  2. changing demographic/socioeconomic trends and patterns,
  3. development issues related to the indigenous people, or
  4. some of the broader themes covered by the conference, including data quality issues, the derivation of demographic or socioeconomic indicators, statistical use of administrative data sources, small area estimation, and new developments in satisfying the growing demand for disaggregated statistical measures.

Travel grant

The travel grant will cover:

  • Economy class return airfare from the country of residence to Wellington, New Zealand, including taxes where applicable.
  • Three nights accommodation (13-15 April 2005) in Wellington, New Zealand.
  • A daily allowance of $(NZ)80 per day.
  • Conference registration fee ($(NZ)350); which includes morning and afternoon teas, and lunches on 14-15 April.
  • Conference dinner ($(NZ)80), and
  • Pre-conference reception.

Last date for application for travel grant

The applications must be received by Statistics New Zealand by 15 October 2004.

Please print the following application form, include your curriculum vitae, the abstract of the paper and a letter of support from the head of your organisation and post to the following address:
Mansoor Khawaja
Chief Demographer
Demographic Research Programme
Statistics New Zealand
Private Bag 4741
New Zealand.

Or email to

The downloadable file is in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader you may download the reader to view or print the contents of this file.

App for Travel Grant.pdf

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Information for delegates


From Overseas In New Zealand In Wellington
Telephone +64 4 931 4690 04 931 4690 931 4690
Facsimile +64 4 931 4610 04 931 4610 931 4610

Conference papers

Conference papers will be circulated to delegates before the conference (via this url) so that you have ample time to read them. To save you "baggage weight" all papers will be re-issued to you on registration at the conference. You will not need to bring the conference papers with you to New Zealand.

Accompanying persons

All accommodation arrangements, etc for accompanying persons are the responsibility of the delegate. Accompanying persons are welcome to attend the conference dinner (at the same cost as delegates). This can be noted on the registration form.

Passports and visas

All visitors to New Zealand require a current passport which must be valid until at least three months past the date you plan to leave New Zealand:

You must get a visitor's visa before you travel to New Zealand, unless you are:

  • a New Zealand citizen resident permit holder,
  • an Australian citizen travelling on an Australian passport,
  • an Australian resident with a current Australian resident return visa,
  • a citizen of a country which has a visa waiver agreement with New Zealand.

Please check with your travel agent.

If your country is not on the visa waiver list or you wish to stay longer than three months you will need to apply for a Visitor's Visa. You can download application forms from the New Zealand Immigration Service website or contact your nearest New Zealand diplomatic post.

Note that when departing New Zealand you are required to pay a departure tax in New Zealand currency.


As most visitors to New Zealand are NOT eligible for publicly funded health care it is highly recommended that you obtain suitable health insurance before leaving for New Zealand. All insurance premiums are the responsibility of delegates.

In the event that you need medical care and you are not insured you will be required to personally pay for all health-care. New Zealand's public and private medical/hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and service but it is important to note these services are not free to visitors.

Some medical and hospital expenses may be met if you require treatment as a result of an accident. However, we recommend your travel insurance policy also covers accidents.

Many medications readily available overseas may not be available in New Zealand without a local (New Zealand) doctor's prescription. If you are taking medication you should bring an adequate supply with you. If the medication contains habit forming drugs or narcotics (eg diuretics, depressants, stimulants, heart drugs, tranquillisers, sleeping pills) you should:

  • have a prescription from your doctor advising that the medication is being used under a doctor's direction and is necessary for your well-being; and
  • carry all the drugs in their original containers

Basic first aid facilities will be available at the conference venue.

An after hours doctor, chemist/pharmacy is to be found at:
17 Adelaide Road, Newtown Telephone: 384 4944

Wellington Public Hospital is located in:
Riddiford Street, Newtown Telephone: 385 5999

Emergencies: dial 111 and advise the operator whether you require Fire, Police or Ambulance

Customs and quarantine

Passenger's personal effects will be admitted into New Zealand free of duty and exempt Goods and Services Tax (GST) provided:

  • they are your own property, and
  • are intended for your own use and not for resale, and
  • are not imported for commercial purposes or in commercial quantities.

In addition you are entitled to the free entry of other items that you as a visitor normally carry. This includes items such as a camera, portable radio, laptop computer, etc

The importation of dangerous or prohibited items/substances (such as weapons, narcotic drugs, indecent articles etc) is strictly prohibited.

New Zealand is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent overseas. Strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of food, plants, animals, animal products, equipment used with animals, some camping and sporting equipment etc. It is recommended that delegates do not bring any personal items to which quarantine regulations might apply.

New Zealand is party to the CITIES agreement designed to prevent trade in endangered, threatened or exploited species. It covers the live plants and animals themselves and products made from them, such as: ivory in any form, carvings from whalebone, tortoise or sea turtle jewellery, coral of any kind.

Arrival in New Zealand

New Zealand's main international airports are Auckland, Wellington (which accepts international flights from Australia and some Pacific nations only) and Christchurch. Wellington is a 60 minute domestic flight from Auckland and a 40 minute domestic flight from Christchurch.

Prior to your arrival you will receive a New Zealand Arrival Card and a combined Agriculture and Customs Declaration. After collecting your luggage and clearing Customs passport control you will not be directed to any exit. If you have declared any goods on your Customs/Agriculture declaration please go to the Goods to Declare (Red) way out - this includes any fruit or food that may have been issued to you on the aircraft by cabin staff. Bins are provided to dump any prohibited goods if you have carried them off the aircraft. Otherwise walk through the Nothing to Declare (Green) way out.

Climate - clothing

April in Wellington is autumn and the weather variable. Temperatures vary but between 15 and 17 degrees centigrade can be expected, although it will be cooler in the evenings. January and February are the warmest months and July is the coldest.

Comfortable casual clothing may be worn for all conference activities.

Currency, credit cards, traveller's cheques

The New Zealand currency is the New Zealand Dollar comprising 100 cents. The notes are $100, $50, $20, $10 and $5. The $100 note is not generally used in day-to-day purchases. The coins are: $2, $1, 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c.

All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand.

Traveller's cheques can be cashed at the international terminal, on arrival and at banks.

Banking hours are from 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Most banks, main shopping Malls and shopping streets, have Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) most of which are available for transactions 24 hours a day. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Check with your bank before leaving home.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) is a tax charged at 12.5 percent on the supply of goods and services. Generally GST is included in prices shown at retail outlets and restaurants.


Tipping is not an accepted custom in New Zealand. However, you may tip in restaurants, etc for exceptional service, if you wish to. Hotels and restaurants in New Zealand do not add service charges to their bills.


Smoking is prohibited in taxis, on all public transport, and on domestic airlines. It is also prohibited in theatres and government (both local and central) offices. Restaurants are required to have separate smoking and non-smoking areas.

Smoking is not permitted in the conference rooms nor any part of the complex.


New Zealand has two official languages, English and Maori. All papers will be in English and the language spoken at the conference will be English.


New Zealand is one of the first places in the world to see the new day, 12 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). In summer New Zealand uses 'daylight saving' with clocks put forward one hour to GMT+13. Daylight saving begins on the first Sunday in October and ends on the third Sunday of the following March, when clocks are put back to GMT+12.

Driving in New Zealand and car rental

The conference venue is within easy walking distance of hotels. Wellington is a very compact city with good bus and taxi services. There will be no need for car rental unless you have other travel commitments. Car rental prices can vary significantly and it is suggested you arrange your rental before your departure.

New Zealand drives on the left hand side of the road.

Delegates driving in New Zealand are well advised not to stray over prescribed speed limits. Speed cameras operate in a number of areas. Random breath tests are conducted in New Zealand and anyone stopped for speeding is automatically breath tested. The golden rule is: If you drink - don't drive.

If you have a driver's licence from your home country or you have an international driving permit, you can drive in New Zealand for a maximum of one year. REMEMBER: It is New Zealand law that you must carry your driver's licence with you whenever you are driving - otherwise you may be fined.

Electrical appliances

The standard electrical supply in new Zealand is 230/250 volts with AC 50 cycles. The connection for appliances is a flat three pin plug. To use an overseas electrical appliance will require an adaptor, and the device would have to be able to take a 240 volt current. To connect your laptop to the internet, you will need a RJ45 plug to link to the network.

Check with your phone company before leaving home about international mobile roam facilities available in New Zealand.


Morning/afternoon teas and lunch will be provided (at no additional charge) at the conference venue.

Delegates with special dietary needs should note these on the registration form.

Wellington city map

The downloadable file is in Adobe Acrobat format. If you do not have the Adobe Acrobat Reader you may download the reader to view or print the contents of this file.

attractions1.pdf (636Kb)

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More information

More information on Wellington can be found at:
Information on Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand can be found at:

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For enquiries and information requests

This page last modified on: 01 November 2004

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