News

  • NZIER welcomes Productivity Commission’s migration recommendations

    20 April 2021

    NZIER was asked by the Commission to look at the evidence of the effects of migration policy on New Zealand’s frontier firms.

    Our first report – Could Do Better – was released by the Commission last December.

    Our latest report – Picking Cherries – was released today. Read the report  here.

  • NZIER’s QSBO shows demand holding up - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, April 2021

    13 April 2021

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) shows a modest improvement in business confidence in the first quarter of 2021, while demand held steady.

    A net 11 percent of businesses expect a worsening in general economic conditions over the coming months, on a seasonally adjusted basis. This is a modest improvement from the 16 percent of businesses which were pessimistic about the economic outlook in the previous quarter. Meanwhile, firms’ own trading activity was unchanged from the previous quarter. This measure suggests annual GDP growth will track around 2 percent in the March 2021 quarter.

    QSBO is available to NZIER members, the media release can be read here.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board calls for a ‘wait and see’ approach

    12 April 2021

    For the upcoming April RBNZ meeting, Shadow Board members are in favour of leaving the monetary policy stance unchanged. Given the recent announcement of measures such as extending the bright-line test to 10 years and the removal of interest deductibility for investment properties, Shadow Board members felt a wait and see approach was appropriate to assess the effects on the New Zealand economy.

    The release can be read here.

  • NZIER Consensus Forecasts show a downward revision to the growth outlook over the longer term - March 2021

    15 March 2021

    The latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts show a downward revision to growth forecasts later this year. However, this partly reflects a higher starting point, as the recovery in demand after lockdown restrictions were relaxed turned out to be stronger than expected.

    Read the release here.

  • Tourism recovery – without stepping on the gas - NZIER Insight 95

    09 March 2021

    With borders closed for the foreseeable future New Zealand tourism is facing a loss of substantial revenue from the lack of foreign visitors, who would usually maintain demand for tourism businesses after the end of the peak summer holidays for domestic tourists. But after the COVID-19 set-back, what will recovery look like in a world attempting to curb its emissions of greenhouse gases and global warming?

    New Zealand legislation now aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, government declared a climate change emergency last year, and the Climate Change Commission (CCC) set up to design a road map for getting there has just issued its first draft report for consultation. While tourism operators may hope to get back to how things were before COVID-19 appeared, is that feasible in the current climate?

    An Insight article released today shows that there are big differences in greenhouse gas emissions depending on whether we look at the UN Greenhouse Gas Inventory, or production-based national accounts or consumption-based national accounts prepared by Statistics New Zealand.

    Read the Insight here.

  • NZ’s V-shaped recovery intact despite Valentine’s Day community case surprise - NZIER quarterly Predictions, March 2021

    23 February 2021

    The announcement of new COVID-19 community cases on Valentine’s Day highlighted how quickly things can change for the New Zealand economy. The swift move of Auckland into Alert Level 3 was an unwelcome development for many services industry firms which had started to get activity back on track. Prior to this, activity in New Zealand was largely returning to normal, barring the effects of continued border restrictions which are having a severe negative impact on tourism-related industries.

    Principal Economist Christina Leung says “whilst disruptive, the brevity of Alert Level 3 for Auckland and Alert Level 2 for the rest of the country means that the V-shaped recovery for New Zealand should remain. Construction demand is growing strongly after weakness over the first half of 2020, and we expect it will continue to lead the recovery over the coming years”.

    The pipeline of construction is growing in response to the significant amount of stimulus injected into the economy by the Government and the Reserve Bank. Increased Government spending and lower interest rates have also supported a recovery in consumer confidence, with retail spending picking up as New Zealand moved down the alert levels.

    NZIER forecasts annual average GDP growth to pick up to over 6 percent by the end of this year, before moderating to average around 3 percent in the subsequent years.

    Quarterly Predictions is an independent review of New Zealand’s economic outlook and includes comprehensive forecasts of the economy. The full publication is available exclusively to NZIER’s members.

    The media release can be read here.

  • NZIER’s Shadow Board sees little need for further stimulus

    22 February 2021

    In light of recent developments, we have once again revised the format of the views we are seeking from our Shadow Board on what the Reserve Bank should do with monetary policy. Given the Reserve Bank’s growing arsenal of monetary policy tools which includes the Official Cash Rate, quantitative easing, and Funding for Lending Programme, we decided to simply ask our Shadow Board on what stance the Reserve Bank should take 1) at the upcoming meeting, and 2) over the coming 12 months. Read the full release here.

  • NZIER’s QSBO shows increased construction demand driving improved sentiment - Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion, January 2021

    19 January 2021

    This NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) showed a further improvement in business confidence in the final quarter of 2020. A smaller proportion of businesses expect a deterioration in general economic conditions, and firms also reported trading in their own business held up in the December 2020 quarter. On a seasonally adjusted basis, a net 16 percent of firms expect a worsening in general economic conditions, while only a net 1 percent reported reduced demand.

    The media release is avilable here.

    QSBO is only available to NZIER members.

  • NZIER Consensus Forecasts show stronger near-term growth

    14 December 2020

    The latest NZIER Consensus Forecasts show a substantial upward revision to growth forecasts over the coming year. The consensus is clearly for a ‘V’ shaped economy recovery in New Zealand.

    Read the release here.

  • 2020 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister

    01 December 2020

    Today the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research Incorporated (NZIER) has released its 2020 Summer Reading List for the Prime Minister.

    “NZIER supports New Zealanders reading, taking time to think long thoughts, and discussing them. Summer is good for that” said NZIER’s Chief Executive Laurence Kubiak.

    The list was prepared as part of the NZIER Public Good programme, which undertakes economic research and thinking aimed at promoting a better understanding of New Zealand’s important economic challenges.

    Read more here.