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Building a picture of New Zealand manufacturing

Gael Price

Manufacturing makes up a substantial share of New Zealand’s total economic activity, but that share has been falling for several decades. Something similar has happened in a range of advanced countries. However, manufacturing activity fell particularly sharply in the 2008/09 recession, and there has been only a modest recovery since then. In this note, we look at what has gone on, drawing on the wide range of data available on manufacturing activity in New Zealand.