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Overview of the New Zealand Economy

Page updated 15 Apr 2015

The Treasury publishes an annual New Zealand Economic and Financial Overview that describes the structure, performance and history of the New Zealand economy.

Background

New Zealand has a mixed economy which operates on free market principles. It has sizeable manufacturing and service sectors complementing a highly efficient agricultural sector. Exports of goods and services account for around one third of real expenditure GDP.

Annual Overview Publication

The Treasury's New Zealand Economic and Financial Overview 2015 (published in April 2015) is an excellent resource for those wanting an understanding of how New Zealand's economy operates and performs. The Overview is updated annually.

Of particular relevance are the Overview's chapters on:

  • New Zealand: An Overview - a useful introduction to the New Zealand economy and policy relating to the macroeconomic, monetary and fiscal areas.
  • Economy - detailed information on the New Zealand economy.
  • Recent Economic Performance and Outlook - information on how the economy has performed in recent years.
  • Chapters on particular sectors eg, Manufacturing and External Trade.
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