"In 1993, the Ministry of Cultural Affairs approached Statistics New Zealand to discuss strategies for improving the range and quality of statistical information available on New Zealand's cultural sector. With its responsibility for collecting statistics relevant to the needs of government, business and the community, Statistics New Zealand agreed that improvement was needed. In order to define what was meant by 'cultural statistics' and to provide direction for future work, it was agreed that the first priority should be the production of a framework for cultural statistics. The two organisations jointly commenced work on the framework at the beginning of 1994.
The standard classification of framework for cultural statistics is a hierarchical classification of three levels. Level 1 of the classification has nine categories, level 2 has 24 categories and level 3 has 70 categories."