Articles tagged Statistics NZ

The government's policy of making measures of national well-being as important as traditional economic growth indicators took another step forward with the launch of a formal consultation process by the national statistics agency, Statistics NZ, on the public views of how well-being is defined and should be measured. Thomas Coughlan reports.

Annual inflation continues to run low, suggesting there’s still some capacity in the economy that will help the Reserve Bank keep interest rates at record lows well into next year, writes Thomas Coughlan.

The effects of inflation have been much heavier in the last decade for poorer consumers than rich ones. That's because tax and policy moves have effectively been regressive, including increases in GST, fuel and cigarette taxes, along with falling prices for goods and services used more by richer consumers.