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  • 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.

  • Unprecedented stimulus supports a V-shaped recovery for the New Zealand economy - NZIER Quarterly Predictions, December 2020

    24 November 2020

    Recent developments point to a strong rebound in economic activity, as the New Zealand economy responds to the unprecedented amount of stimulus measures implemented by the Government and Reserve Bank. NZIER forecasts annual average GDP growth to rise to around 5 percent by early 2022, 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. Read the media release here.

  • An inclusive growth agenda for the next generation

    24 November 2020

    A newly released report from the Helen Clark Foundation and the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research calls for a minimum wage boost to improve inclusion and incentivise investment in capital and skills, leading to greater productivity. Read the report here.

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

    09 November 2020

    We are continuing to seek our Shadow Board members’ views on whether the Official Cash Rate (OCR) should be negative and if the Reserve Bank should expand its quantitative easing (QE). Board members once again saw a reduced need for a negative OCR and further QE over the coming year. Read the full release here.

  • NZIER's QSBO shows business confidence improving as demand lifts

    20 October 2020

    The latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) shows business confidence has improved, reflecting a pick-up in demand over the September quarter.

    A net 1 percent of businesses reported an increase in own trading activity – a turnaround from the net 37 percent reporting a decline in the previous quarter. This result supports our expectations of a V-shaped recovery in economic activity, as the New Zealand economy responds to the unprecedented amount of stimulus measures implemented by the Government and Reserve Bank.

    Read the media release here.

    QSBO is available to NZIER members only.

  • Inflexibility a challenge for the agrifood sector - NZIER Insight 93

    06 October 2020

    COVID-19 has proved challenging for the agri-food sector. From pasture to plate, farms and businesses in the agri-food sector have reported feeling squeezed between rising costs and lower prices.

    To explore the impacts of COVID-19 on the agri-food sector, NZIER collaborated with an Australia-New Zealand team, including AgResearch and The University of Queensland. NZIER led an online survey of farms and businesses across the two countries. 

    In this Insight we delve in to the survey responses from New Zealand. Comparative results are expected to be published later this year.

    Read the Insight here.