Data limitations and disclaimer

This page outlines the limitations of National Monitoring System data for 2014/15 and 2015/16, and includes a disclaimer.


The National Monitoring System data for 2014/15 and 2015/16 is derived from data provided by local authorities.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this data, the Ministry makes no representations or warranties about its accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability for any particular purpose and disclaims all responsibility and all liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages (including indirect or consequential damage) and costs which you might incur as a result of the product being inaccurate or incomplete in any way or for any reason.

All datasets are updated as they become available to provide the most current information.

Data limitations

There are limitations in both the extent and quality of the National Monitoring System (NMS) data used to report on the implementation of the RMA by local authorities for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 financial years. The Ministry is working in partnership with local authorities to reduce these limitations for future reporting.

The reasons for the limitations are provided below.

Data is not consistently recorded

Data from local authorities is not consistently recorded. Different local authorities use different methods and technologies to undertake their functions and responsibilities and record information. Therefore, data from all local authorities is not always comparable and cannot always be combined to create a national picture.

No data or partial data is provided

There are instances where either no data on a process or partial data is provided by a local authority. In this context, please note that all statistics calculations provided are based upon data that has been both provided completely and able to be validated. In instances where no data or only partial data has been provided, this has been excluded from statistic calculations.

Some local authorities have provided estimates for certain responses rather than actual data.

Lack of compatibility with the RMA Survey of Local Authorities

There is a general lack of compatibility with data from the RMA Survey of Local Authorities.

Questions asked of local authorities through the RMA Survey of Local Authorities did not remain constant from survey to survey. The NMS data is also far more detailed, particularly with regard to plan-making and resource consenting processes. This factor means that analysis of the NMS data against data from the RMA Survey of Local Authorities may not always be possible.

​Data tool

The full dataset from local authorities reporting for 2014/15 and 2015/16 is not available in the data tool. This is because of limitations with the data that prevent meaningful comparisons of certain variables. Undertaking analysis and drawing conclusions based upon information in the data tool is therefore not advised.

For accurate analysis refer to the web pages with reporting or you can do your own analysis using the complete datasets downloadable for each topic.