Statistics questioned

A recently released economic profile for Central Otago paints a positive picture of the district's economy, but some district councillors have their doubts about the report's statistics.

Central Otago District Council economic development manager Warwick Hawker presented the 2014 Business and Economic Research Ltd report at this week's community services committee meeting.

He said the report showed the district had a ''good year'' with 4.2% GDP growth, although it was ''not as good'' as last year's GDP.

The report detailed business growth which followed Otago provincial and national performance, with the primary sector dominating the Central Otago economy.

Tourism and building and construction both had good years.

However, Cr Neil Gillespie questioned the statistics and said there was much building and construction was happening in the district which was not reflected in the report.

''There's a lot more activity than what they can see,'' he said.

''I try to look at the number of houses being built ... it almost seems to be [an] abnormal [amount].''

Mayor Tony Lepper agreed with Cr Gillespie's sentiments and said there must be ''some doubt'' about the report's statistics.

The report seemed to focus on ''trends, as opposed to specifics'', he said.

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