The annual inflation rate in New Zealand fell to 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2019 from 1.9 percent in the previous period and below market expectations of 1.7 percent. The slowdown was mainly driven by a fall in cost of transport, communication and household contents and services. On a quarterly basis, consumer prices increased 0.1 percent, unchanged from the previous period and below forecasts of 0.3 percent. Inflation Rate in New Zealand averaged 4.66 percent from 1918 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 44 percent in the third quarter of 1918 and a record low of -15.30 percent in the first quarter of 1923.
Inflation Rate in New Zealand is expected to be 1.70 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Inflation Rate in New Zealand to stand at 1.90 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the New Zealand Inflation Rate is projected to trend around 2.00 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.