New data from Statistics New Zealand: Updated NPI Satellite Account

By on June 29, 2016

Statistics New Zealand has released a new nonprofit institutions satellite account measuring the operations of the nonprofit sector in that country for the year ending in March 2013. You can download the report here.
The report finds that the 114,110 organizations that make up the nonprofit sector in New Zealand contributed NZ$6 billion (2.7% of the total) to New Zealand’s GDP in that year. The satellite account also includes a measurement of the value from the labour of volunteers, which at NZ$3.5 billion, increased the contribution of the sector to NZ$9.4 billion, or 4.4% of total GDP.
In 2004, the non-profit sector (including the value of volunteering), contributed NZ$7 billion to New Zealand’s GDP. The total number of nonprofit institutions increased by 17,110—up from 97,000—in the 9 years between measurement periods—a nearly 18% increase. In addition, paid staff numbers at these institutions rose 30% between 2004 and 2013—from 105,340 to 136,750—despite a reliance on volunteers in 90% of the institutions.
In terms of the distribution of these institutions, the largest field was culture and recreation, including 17,990 in sport (up from 14,910 in 2004). Social services, development and housing, and religion were other significant fields of activity for New Zealand nonprofits.
Another interesting finding highlighted in the Statistics New Zealand news release, was that, while the number of people volunteering for nonprofits increased 20%—from 1 million to 1.2 million—between 2004 and 2013, the number of hours they worked actually decreased from 270 million to 157 million during the period, a 42% drop.
Finally, the report looks at nonprofit income, which increased 65% between 2004 and 2013, with sales of goods and services up a significant 71%, to NZ$8.3 billion, and income from grants, donations, and membership fees rose 54% to reach NZ$4.1 billion.

This new report updates the findings from the 2004 NPI satellite account. To see where the New Zealand nonprofit sector falls in relations to those in other countries, two comparative reports looked at these 2004 data.
First, “The New Zealand Non-Profit Sector in Comparative Perspective” (2008) found that New Zealand’s NPI sector ranked 7th among the 41 countries for which data were available in terms of workforce as a percent of the economically active population.
Second, “The State of Global Civil Society and Volunteering: Latest findings from the implementation of the UN Nonprofit Handbook,” (2013) compared the 13 countries that have produced NPI satellite accounts, finding that New Zealand’s nonprofit sector was the 4th largest as a share of the total workforce among these countries.
To learn more about the 2013 New Zealand NPI satellite account, or to download the data tables, visit Statistics New Zealand.

Chelsea Newhouse is the Communications Manager for the Center for Civil Society Studies and manages the Center's Nonprofit Economic Data and Philanthropication thru Privatization Projects and the Nonprofit Works Interactive Database. Prior to joining the Center in 2008, she worked for the Johns Hopkins University Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, the Baltimore Sun, and as a community organizer for Clean Water Action and the Democratic National Committee. She holds a degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia. Chelsea can be reached at