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  • Kiwi firms increasingly buoyant despite facing severe skills shortages, NZIER’s QSBO shows - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, October 2016

    04 October 2016

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion shows a further strengthening in business confidence over the September quarter, with a net 26 percent of firms expecting improved economic conditions over the coming months.

    The improvement in confidence was broad-based across most regions, with optimists outnumbering pessimists in dairy-intensive regions such as Taranaki and Southland. The recent increase in global dairy prices and subsequent upward revision by Fonterra to its dairy payout forecast have reduced the risks to the dairy sector and boosted confidence. Nonetheless, confidence remains strongest in tourism-intensive regions such as Auckland, Otago and the Bay of Plenty.

    The media release can be read here.

    The full results from NZIER's Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion are available only to NZIER members.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board recommends the RBNZ hold the OCR steady

    20 September 2016

    NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board recommends the Reserve Bank keeps the Official Cash Rate on hold this Thursday at 2 percent. While the Shadow Board had a wide range of views, on balance there is still an underlying preference for a cut in the rate.

    The release can be read here.

  • Improving local government needs better policy advice - NZIER Insight 62

    16 September 2016

    Local government regulatory activities have an important effect on local and regional economic growth and, ultimately, national economic growth and community wellbeing. This places a premium on local government organisations having high quality policy advice and decision-making processes in place. High quality policy advice, which supports good regulatory design and implementation and sound investment decisions, is critical to improving performance. 

    Read the full Insight here.

  • NZIER Economics Award for 2016 given to Professor John Creedy

    13 September 2016

    The NZIER Economics Award for 2016 was presented to Professor John Creedy at NZIER’s AGM & dinner.

    The full citation can be read here.

    Read about the NZIER Economics Award here.

  • Angela Bull has been appointed to the NZIER Board.

    02 September 2016

    The media release can be read here.

  • New Zealand economy to ride out global risks, says NZIER - Quarterly Predictions, September 2016

    31 August 2016

    The solid momentum in the New Zealand economy should provide a buffer against the more fragile global outlook. Geopolitical uncertainty in the United Kingdom and United States, along with the slowing in the Chinese economy as it continues to rebalance, pose downside risks to the demand for New Zealand’s exports. But the outlook for key exports remains positive and domestic demand remains strong, as we expect the effects of strong population growth will continue to ripple across the sectors and regions in New Zealand. We continue to expect annual GDP growth will average just under 3% beyond 2016.

    Quarterly Predictions an independent take on the New Zealand economic outlook is available exclusively to NZIER’s members.

    The media release can be read here.

  • Growing up in Auckland: mapping drivers of residential land growth, NZIER public discussion paper 2016/3

    13 July 2016

    NZIER’s Public Good discussion paper Growing up in Auckland? Mapping drivers of residential land growth was released today. In this paper we decomposed growth in residential land into population growth, household size, and land use per capita. We found that the growth in residential land between 1996 and 2013 was identical to the rate of population growth: 28%. Population density has not change significantly during that period. Auckland's urban regulations have pushed Auckland outwards, but not upwards.

    The discussion paper can be read here.

  • Businesses chipper as concerns about softening demand prove unwarranted - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, July 2016

    05 July 2016

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion shows a rebound in business confidence in the June quarter. Demand held up over the quarter, against expectations earlier this year of a softening in demand.

    A net 22 percent of businesses saw increased demand over the past quarter, with a net 19 percent expecting an improvement over the next quarter.  

    The improvement in sentiment was widespread across the sectors and regions. Nonetheless, there remains a divergence in business confidence between the urban and rural regions, reflecting the differing fortunes of the tourism and dairy industries. Although business confidence in dairy-intensive regions including Taranaki and Southland improved, pessimists still outnumbered optimists.

    Full results are available exclusively to NZIER members. The media release can be read here.

  • NZIER launches Data1850 website

    29 June 2016

    As part of our Public Good programme, NZIER has just launched Data1850; an interactive website that allows you to explore, visualise, compare and download long-term economic data for New Zealand.

    See https://data1850.nz/

  • Digital Nation New Zealand: from Tech Sector to Digital Nation

    28 June 2016

    More than food and hobbits: Digital Nation New Zealand

    On 21 June, the New Zealand Technology Industry Association (NZTech) released its report “Digital Nation New Zealand: from Tech Sector to Digital Nation”.

    NZIER conducted the economic research for the report. NZIER's brief was to estimate the economic footprint of the tech sector in New Zealand.