News

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board sees on-hold as the most appropriate action

    26 January 2016

    NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board recommends the Reserve Bank holds the interest rate at 2.50 percent in its Official Cash Rate announcement this Thursday.

    The full release can be read here.

  • Business confidence rebound suggests strong finish to 2015 - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, January 2016

    19 January 2016

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion shows business confidence rebounded in the final quarter of 2015. Following the sharp drop in confidence in the previous quarter which saw pessimists outnumber optimists, a net 13 percent of businesses now expect the New Zealand economy will strengthen over the coming months.

    The media release can be read here.

  • Further moderation in growth expected - Consensus Forecasts, December 2015

    14 December 2015

    The latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts shows forecasters have pared back growth expectations for the upcoming year. The downward revisions largely reflect expectations of weaker growth in investment. 

    Recent  developments  have  been mainly positive,  and  point  to economic activity  picking  up. Consumer  and  business  confidence  are  also  recovering.  Nonetheless,  expectations  for  annual average economic growth remain below 3% out to 2019. Forecasters expect growth to ease to 2.2% in the March 2016 year, before recovering to 2.7% by March 2017.

    The full lrelease can be read here.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board counsels the Reserve Bank to hold fire

    09 December 2015

    NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board recommends the Reserve Bank holds the interest rate at 2.75 percent in its Official Cash Rate announcement this Thursday.

    The full release can be read here.

  • New travel charge on tourists is borderline at best - NZIER Insight 56

    26 November 2015

    The Government wants to make travellers pay for the costs of border control but the border charge is a poor user charge and an inefficient tax: it will dampen services exports and hence economic growth more than other revenue raising options. If we need additional border control it would be far better to fund the system out of general taxation and welcome more visitors to New Zealand.

    Read the Insight here.

  • Growth to pick up from 2016 as economy diversifies, says NZIER - Quarterly Predictions, December 2015

    25 November 2015

    Beyond the slowing from reduced dairy income, other sectors of the New Zealand economy, such as tourism, are picking up. This will see annual economic growth recover over 2016 towards 3%.

    Diversification is happening across products and regions. Although China remains a very important market for our export sector, the recent conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) opens up opportunities to other key markets such as the US, Japan and Canada.

    Quarterly Predictions is an independent take on the New Zealand economic outlook and is only available to NZIER members.

    The full media release can be read here.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board says leave the OCR at 2.75%

    28 October 2015

    NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board recommends the Reserve Bank holds the interest rate at 2.75 percent in its Official Cash Rate announcement this Thursday.

    The full release can be read here.

  • New Zealand well placed to reap the benefits of technological change, says NZIER

    21 October 2015

    The pace of technological change is accelerating and the upcoming wave of automation may impact jobs and societies as much as occurred in the industrial revolution.   

    That’s one finding of a new research paper produced for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) by the NZ Institute of Economic Research Inc (NZIER). The paper titled Disruptive Technologies: Risks, Opportunities – Can New Zealand make them most of them?, is available here, and our accompanying NZIER Insight is available  here.

  • Long term impacts of the TPP matter more than short term gains, says NZIER

    06 October 2015

    Today’s announcement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) has been concluded is good news for Kiwi firms and households, NZIER said today in its initial assessment of the TPP’s outcomes.

    Read the full Insight  and the media release.

  • Business confidence drops, but firms’ own activity remains healthy - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, October 2015

    06 October 2015

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion shows business confidence falling to its lowest level since March 2011. A net 9 percent of businesses now expect deterioration in the New Zealand economy over the coming months.

    This drop in confidence is in stark contrast to firms’ own trading activity. A net 12 percent of businesses reported an improvement in their own trading activity over the past quarter. Even more positive was the rebound in businesses’ expected trading activity over the next quarter, with a net 17 percent of businesses expecting an improvement.

    The full media release can be read here.