A microsoft excel key file to regroup 1996 area units
to NZ local labour market catchments can be downloaded
or opened by clicking here.
The major attributes and listing of the local labour
market attributes are provided here.
Digital map boundaries in NZ map grid coordinate
system can be downloaded by clicking here (dxf
or MapInfo Interchange
The results and work involved are summarised below.
This page provides an index to some key resources which
provide the details and illustrate the New Zealand
local labour market area (LMA) classification. This
work was carried out for the Labour Market Policy
Group, New Zealand Department of Labour.
The method and results are discussed in the forthcoming paper
by James Newell (of MERA, Monitoring and Evaluation Research
Associates) and Kerry Papps (then an employee of the Department
of Labour but currently engaged in a PhD at Cornell University).
Some of the basic ideas were discussed in a presentation to the
Population Association of NZ Conference in June 2001. An online
version of that presentation can be referenced at the url(online
powerpoint view or downloadable
To date, analysis of the spatial dimension of New Zealand
labour markets has been limited to administrative, rather than
appropriately-defined functional, geographic units. This work
presents a preliminary classification of New Zealand into local
labour market areas using area unit travel-to-work data from
the 1991 Census of Population and Dwellings.
Migration between labour market areas is most likely to be
accompanied by changes in job, whereas moves within a labour
market are largely assumed to be non-work motivated. This study
provides a spatial unit of analysis well suited to the study
of migration at a subnational level. The classification provides
a basic spatial framework for understanding and analysis of local
and community development.
From this site, the definition of Local Labour Market Areas
in terms of 1996 statistical area units is available by clicking
A listing of the "prime
labour market foci" used in the preparation of the classification
are also listed sorted by location.
Summary maps for the north
and the south
island can be viewed.
Perhaps of most immediate interest are a series of local labour
market summary maps viewable online can be referenced. These
are as listed in the left hand column of this page.