The Figure.NZ team

You can see who’s involved in Figure.NZ and how to contact us on our website.

Join our team

We’re not taking applications for any positions right now. We’ll update this and share on our social media channels when we’re hiring again.

Volunteer to help Figure.NZ

We really like volunteers at Figure.NZ – they’re how we got started.

In the past we’ve had volunteers working in our data team finding, cleaning and visualising data. Right now, we can’t commit to bringing in new volunteers because we can’t provide the level of support and training required.

Here’s some ways you can show your support:

  • Use the data we hold in what you do – we exist so you can do just that. A community of people building things with data and sharing them is good for everyone.
  • Tell people about Figure.NZ in the real world, or on social media, with a chart that catches your eye.
  • Give us your thoughts on what we’re doing well and how we can improve – you can email us at, or get in touch with one of our team. We welcome all feedback, especially if you’re using data from Figure.NZ in your own projects.
  • We do user-testing of new features every few months. Email us at if you’d like to be involved.

Visit our office

Our Auckland office is at:

Blacketts Building
Level 4
86-92 Queen Street, Auckland

The building entrance is actually at 1 Shortland Street.

View on Google maps.

The Blackett’s Building is a Category 1 historic place. This means the building is of special or outstanding historical or cultural significance or value.

Our business hours are 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, but we don’t always have people in the office. It pays to send us a message to check.

How does the lift work?

The lift can be tricky but also, it looks really cool. We recommend taking your phone with you when using the lift.

It is slow but does the job. Your alternative is to use the stairs.

How to operate the lift

  1. Open the first door.
  2. Open the second door.
  3. Close both doors (it will continue to beep until these are closed).
  4. Press the number of the floor you want.
  5. When you arrive at your floor, open both both doors to exit.
  6. Please close both doors so the lift can be used by someone else (and so it will stop beeping).

Troubleshooting the lift

I can’t seem to get it open…

Grasp the handle firmly and push the handle as if you’re closing the lift door, then pull to slide open. Sometimes this will help open it.

I’m in it but it seems to not be moving.

Make sure the lift doors are both fully closed. Also, check you’ve pushed a floor (we know, you’re not stupid, but sometimes the buttons are sticky.) If the lift stops between floors, sometimes someone has waved a hand near the grates. Just wait, and it will normally start again. Sometimes it will go back down a floor first.

Why is it beeping? It won’t stop beeping.

Someone on one floor has left a door open. Or the lift is broken. Check all the doors are closed, and if they are, call the lift repair people. The number is in the lift.

Postal address

You can send us mail and parcels at:

Figure.NZ Trust
PO Box 345
Shortland Street
Auckland 1140

Errors on Figure.NZ

Our team at Figure.NZ always want to hear about issues you notice so we can fix them and make Figure.NZ more useful for everyone.

For Figure.NZ, this could mean a mistake in a chart or table like a typo or something you feel is misleading, incomplete, or inaccurate in some other way. It can also mean a problem with our website, like the search not working or an image not displaying.

If you see something wrong, please email

  • Please include the phrase bug report or issue report in the message title.
  • Please provide a description of the issue and links to problem pages.

What does a great issue report look like?

A great issue report is clear, precise, and reproducible.

It helps if you include:

  • A subject line that is clear.
  • A description of the problem. Please make this as clear and concise as possible.
  • How we can find or see the problem. This might be a link to the page, or a description of what buttons we need to push or things we need to click to see the issue. If it’s a technical issue, it’s helpful to include your browser and operating system.
  • Additional information, like console logs, images and GIFs.

Screenshots are very useful for explaining issues with how our website looks, and animated GIFs help a lot for issues with how it acts, like broken animations or transitions that aren’t very good.

People using Macs can download LICEcap to capture GIFs.

Logos and guidelines

If you’re working with Figure.NZ, you may need to use our logo or brand colours, or want to make sure the charts you download look their best.

To make that easier, we’ve put together some guidelines and logo files which you can download below.

Please email if:

  • You want to use our logo or charts in a way that’s not covered by our guidelines.
  • You’d like us to check that your use of our logo or charts meets our guidelines.
  • You want chart images in a larger size than what’s available on our website.


Are you part of the media and looking for help on a story? Email

Media kit

About Figure.NZ

Founded by Lillian Grace in 2012, Figure.NZ is an organisation that sees numbers as a language that hold our stories – whether it be that there are 41,000 registered Labradors in New Zealand, 18 mushroom farms, or 60,000 babies born each year. It’s the first organisation in the world to make numbers truly accessible for everyone, not just the experts.

Figure.NZ is devoted to getting people to use data about New Zealand, so we can all better understand our country and care for our future. We do this by making it easy for everyone to find and use our country’s numbers for free, through our website.

Read more about our purpose.

About Lillian Grace

Lillian is the CEO and founder of Figure.NZ. She believes everyone will benefit when we can all better understand our context, and shift from debating about what is, to where we want to be and how to get there.

Lillian was named Inspiring Individual of the Year at the 2018 NZ Hi-Tech Awards, and has previously been on the Data Futures Partnership Working Group, Open Government Partnership Expert Advisory Panel, and the boards of the Innovation Partnership and of Centre of Research Excellence Te Punaha Matatini.

Lillian has since resigned from these positions to focus on two things: Figure.NZ and learning Te Reo Māori. Previously, Lillian was also at Academy Award-winning Massive Software, and think tank The NZ Institute.

Download Lillian’s profile photos.

Previous media coverage

Stuff: Data for sale

October 3, 2018

Nat speaks to Katie Kenny about Figure.NZ and the role data and algorithms play in Government and society.

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Radio NZ: Lillian Grace — Graphing New Zealand in 40,000 charts

July 1, 2018 

Lillian speaks to Jeremy Rose on Mediawatch about how journalists are using Figure.NZ.

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Stuff: Lillian Grace — It’s time to remember technology is the tool, not the mission

June 26, 2018 

Lillian writes about why we need to step outside of our buildings, suburbs and towns to work together on solving Aotearoa’s big problems.

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Idealog: How data can be used to create a fairer society

May 30, 2018

Ben Mack speaks to Lillian about how data can be used to promote a more equal society where more people have access to the specific help they might need.

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Idealog: Most Creative in Digital/Data: Lillian Grace

November 3, 2017

Profile on Lillian as Idealog’s award winner for most creative in digital and data.

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Stuff: How well do you know Gisborne

September 22, 2017

Schools, sheep and te reo Māori speakers - we reveal the stats behind Gisborne.

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Stuff: When big business backs social enterprise and the country wins

May 23, 2017

Lillian writes about the benefit of corporate sponsorships for social enterprises and for New Zealand.

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Radio NZ: Lillian Grace — Visualising Data

April 27, 2014

Lillian speaks to Kim Hill on RadioNZ Saturday Mornings.

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TEDxAuckland: Lillian Grace — Know Your Country

September 24, 2013