New Zealand business optimism neared a four-year high and consumer spending rose at almost twice the pace economists forecast, adding to signs the central bank may be forced to raise interest rates sooner than it has signaled.
Central Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler’s quest to cool New Zealand’s housing boom is being stymied by 50-year low mortgage rates and giveaways being offered by the nation’s banks as they chase new customers.
New Zealand employers added the most workers on record in the three months through March, driving the kiwi to erase losses triggered yesterday by the central bank’s announcement of intervention to weaken it.
In a fake cave in a Wellington suburb, tourists pose by a statue of Gandalf, a hero of the “Lord of the Rings” films that boosted New Zealand’s economy by more than $580 million. The country needs the wizard’s magic more than ever when he returns next month.
Shamubeel Eaqub , principal economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research Inc. in Wellington, comments on the outlook for the New Zealand economy and interest rates. He made the remarks to reporters and clients today in Wellington after releasing the institute’s quarterly forecasts.