Registered banks and non-bank lending institutions: Sector lending (C5)

This data summarises lending by banks and non-bank lending institutions in New Zealand. It covers housing, personal, business and agricultural lending.
Previous years: Monthly:
May 2019 May 2020 Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 May 2021
Housing ($m)
Total 265,671 282,465 302,371 305,056 308,741 311,703 314,744
Registered banks1 262,832 279,159 298,830 301,450 305,039 307,871 310,772
Non-bank lending institutions2 2,838 3,306 3,541 3,606 3,702 3,832 3,972
Personal consumer ($m)
Total 16,750 14,874 14,695 14,617 14,375 14,417 14,378
Registered banks 11,102 9,555 8,444 8,370 8,179 8,241 8,195
Non-bank lending institutions2 5,648 5,319 6,252 6,248 6,196 6,176 6,183
Housing and personal consumer ($m)
Total 282,421 297,339 317,066 319,673 323,116 326,120 329,123
Registered banks 273,934 288,713 307,274 309,819 313,218 316,112 318,967
Non-bank lending institutions 8,487 8,625 9,792 9,854 9,898 10,009 10,156
Business ($m)
Total 115,793 122,078 116,548 116,517 116,715 116,660 117,121
Registered banks 111,000 116,884 109,481 109,461 109,588 109,531 110,065
Non-bank lending institutions2 4,793 5,194 7,067 7,056 7,127 7,129 7,056
Agriculture ($m)
Total 63,459 62,828 62,593 62,331 62,267 62,040 62,236
Annual growth rate (%)
Housing3 6.3 6.3 8.6 9.0 9.7 11.0 11.4
Personal consumer3 1.7 -10.9 -12.3 -12.9 -10.8 -2.4 -3.1
Housing and personal consumer3 6.0 5.3 7.4 7.8 8.6 10.4 10.7
Business3 4.7 5.0 -3.7 -4.1 -5.2 -5.3 -3.9
Agriculture3 4.0 -1.1 -1.1 -1.0 -1.3 -1.5 -1.2
  1. Loans fully secured on residential property for business use are included under business or agriculture loans.
  2. A list of series breaks for Household Funding and Sector Lending are available in the background notes.
  3. Annual growth rates have been break-adjusted, reflecting the underlying market change.

The data: coverage, periodicity, and timeliness


Lending by registered banks and non-bank lending institutions (NBLIs) for the following purposes:

  • Housing
  • Personal consumer
  • Business
  • Agriculture

Data is sourced from the Reserve Bank’s Bank Balance Sheet Survey and Non-bank Standard Statistical Return.

The Bank Balance Sheet Survey started in 31/12/2016. Data prior to 31/12/2016 has been estimated from the Bank Standard Statistical Return (SSR).

Data is reported at market values, where applicable, as at the end of the reporting period.

Data covers assets and liabilities denominated in both NZ dollars and foreign currency. Assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currency are converted into New Zealand dollars in accordance with NZ GAAP.

Further breakdown of lending by registered banks can be found in table S31 - Loans by purpose

Non bank sector lending can also be found in table T4- Funding and claims by sector. Note that data for this table is published quarterly. 

Periodicity and Timeliness

Data is published on the last working day of the month.

Access by the public

Data Release

Data is released on the Reserve Bank’s Statistics section.

Statistics release calendar

The Statistics Release Calendar provides a long-term plan of scheduled releases. It is updated and released on the first working day of the month.

View the Statistics Release Calendar.


Dissemination of terms and conditions under which official statistics are produced, including confidentiality of individual responses

Data is collected under Section 36 of The Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989 (The Act).

Read the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Act 1989.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand publishes only aggregated data. Individual institutional data is confidential.

Provision of information about revisions and advance notice of major changes in methodology

Revisions are generally published when the table is next due to be updated and released. Should revisions need to be made more promptly, a note is posted on the website as a ‘special note’.

Any major changes in methodology are posted on the website as a special note.


Dissemination of documentation on methodology and sources used in preparing statistics

See the Survey template and definitions.

Dissemination of statistics that support statistical cross-check and provide assurance of reasonableness

Disclosure statements published by registered banks offer checks for reasonableness.

Series breaks

Series breaks occur when data are affected by survey changes that are not 'organic' but arise from one period to another because of factors such as the introduction of a new bank to the survey; a bank relinquishing its registration; the sale of assets; merger with another institution or a change in substance in business practice that interrupts a 'like for like' time series.

The sector lending annual growth rates have are adjusted for series breaks.

Series breaks for key balance sheet components for registered banks and non-bank lending institutions (NBLIs) (PDF 21KB) are displayed for these tables..

Registered banks and non-bank lending institutions

Registered banks

Consolidated banking group of banks operating in New Zealand and registered by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.

Non-bank lending institutions (NBLIs)

NBLIs are financial institutions with total assets of $5m or more at the consolidated group level, whose principal business is credit provision and borrowing money from the public and/or other sources.

Loan purpose


Housing comprises:

  • Owner occupier property use
  • Residential investor property use

Personal consumer loans

Personal or consumer loans which are not fully secured on residential property including overdrafts, credit cards, and term loans.

Business loans

Business loans comprise:

  • Loans (for business use) to non-financial businesses which are fully secured by residential mortgage.
  • Loans to non-financial businesses which not fully secured by residential mortgage

Excludes agriculture loans.

Agriculture loans

Business loans to the for agriculture purposes (ANZSIC06) including:

  • Dairy farming
  • Sheep, beef cattle and grain farming
  • Horticulture
  • Other agriculture on farm

Does not include any loans to the agriculture industry for residential investor property use.

Symbols and conventions for summary table

0 Zero or value rounded to zero
- Not applicable
.. Not available
bold Revised/new
italics Provisional
light red background Historical

General notes

  • Individual figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding
  • Percentage changes are calculated on unrounded numbers
  • You are free to copy, distribute and adapt these statistics subject to the conditions listed on our copyright page.