How the Reserve Bank releases information

Update as of 23 June 2020: OCR Announcements Name Change

We are changing the name of the “OCR” announcements to “Monetary Policy Review (MPR)” announcements. This reflects the fact that other tools such as forward guidance and LSAP, not just the OCR, are being deployed to achieve the MPC’s mandate of low and stable inflation and full employment. The naming of MPS announcements will remain unchanged.

Monetary Policy Statement and Financial Stability Reports

The Bank reviews and releases Monetary Policy Decisions seven times a year, publishes Monetary Policy Statements every quarter and and Financial Stability Reports twice a year.

All upcoming announcements and publication release dates are listed at the bottom of the homepage. The Monetary Policy Review decisions are released at 2.00 pm on the Reserve Bank’s Bloomberg and Refinitiv pages, and the FSR at 9.00 am on our website. The decisions and news release are published on our homepage and we tweet a link to the media release via our Twitter channel.

If our website experiences technical issues at release time it will be diverted to a backup site. The Monetary Policy Statement, media release and record of meeting will be available on the backup site until such time as the main site is restored.

We then email the news release to our email subscribers. It can take a few minutes for the email to arrive in your inbox. You can sign up via the website to be emailed Bank news releases.

Live-streams of media conferences

The Bank hosts a media conference at 3:00 pm on the days it releases Monetary Policy Statements, and 11:00 am on the days it releases Financial Stability Reports. You can watch a live-stream of these media conferences.

A replay of the media conference is uploaded to the Bank’s YouTube channel within 24 hours of the media conference finishing.

The Bank does not host media conferences for Official Cash Rate announcements.

News releases

The Bank issues news releases on a range of topics throughout the year.

Bank news releases are published in the news section and on the homepage. We also tweet a link to the media release via our Twitter channel and email our news release subscribers. You can sign up via the email sign-up page to be emailed Bank news releases.

Statistics

The statistics calendar allows you to see what dates the economic and financial data produced by the Reserve Bank is released. The Bank’s statistics are published at 3:00 pm each day.

If you do not know the name of the statistical series you are looking for, try searching the directory of statistics tables.

We also have a handy guide that explains how to use the Reserve Bank Statistics pages and interpret the data.

Speeches

The Bank gives more than 120 presentations to business, community and sector groups and organisations throughout the year. If you are interested in finding out more about our speaking engagements, or would like to invite a Reserve Bank speaker to your event, please email korero@rbnz.govt.nz.

If you would like to know what public speeches are coming up – check the upcoming public speech releases, or sign up to be sent speech advisory email alerts.

Published speeches are normally accompanied by a news release. We share a link to the news release via our Twitter channel, we update the speeches section, and send the news release to our email subscribers. You can sign up via the email sign-up page to be emailed Bank news releases.

Official Information Act request responses

The Bank publishes responses to Official Information Act requests in order to improve public transparency and provide an additional resource for anyone seeking information. Publication online will coincide with or follow soon after release to the requester.

Articles and research

We publish articles by Reserve Bank staff in the Bulletin, which covers a wide range of issues related to central banking, the financial system and the New Zealand economy.

Reserve Bank discussion papers present detailed scholarly research by staff economists and visiting scholars. The papers are published throughout the year, mainly for academic and professional economists.

The Analytical Notes series encompasses a range of background papers prepared by Reserve Bank staff. Unless otherwise stated, views expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily represent the views of the Reserve Bank.