Chart of the Day – Emigration unspun

First The Standard, then John Pagani followed by David Farrar attempted to spin and de-spin emigration statistics.

All of them got it wrong and so some professional statisticians have corrected the numpty graphs and explanations.

The big problem with our stat-of-the-week was the graphics.  While David Farrar’s redesign to add the early years of Helen Clark’s government provides some context, a cumulative graph is not a good way to see changes over time.   For anyone who actually wants to see the immigration/emigration rates over time, rather than just making a political point, here is a non-cumulative graph using data I downloaded from Stats New Zealand.  The dots are totals for the 12 months ending August each year (the most up-to-date values available).

Disaggregating immigration and emigration is helpful here: immigration from Australia has been roughly constant, but emigration to Australia fluctuates a lot, on top of a weak upwards trend.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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