Sector lending (registered banks and non-bank lending institutions) - C5

31 January 2019 03:00 p.m.
Next release
28 February 2019 03:00 p.m.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Previous years: Monthly:
Dec 2016 Dec 2017 Aug 2018 Sep 2018 Oct 2018 Nov 2018 Dec 2018
Housing ($m)
Total 230,638 243,789 253,867 254,838 255,998 257,499 258,686
Registered banks1 228,925 241,617 251,394 252,319 253,460 254,928 255,979
Non-bank lending institutions2 1,713 2,172 2,473 2,519 2,538 2,571 2,708
Personal consumer ($m)
Total 15,290 16,577 16,580 16,654 16,674 16,836 16,986
Registered banks 10,590 11,308 11,191 11,217 11,217 11,329 11,383
Non-bank lending institutions2 4,700 5,269 5,388 5,437 5,457 5,507 5,603
Housing and personal consumer ($m)
Total 245,928 260,367 270,447 271,492 272,672 274,335 275,672
Registered banks 239,515 252,925 262,585 263,537 264,678 266,257 267,362
Non-bank lending institutions 6,413 7,441 7,861 7,955 7,995 8,079 8,310
Business ($m)
Total 101,708 107,736 110,547 111,534 113,111 113,177 113,028
Registered banks 97,158 103,132 105,959 106,938 108,513 108,521 108,328
Non-bank lending institutions2 4,550 4,604 4,588 4,596 4,598 4,656 4,700
Agriculture ($m)
Total 59,237 60,532 62,201 62,212 62,273 62,474 62,573
Annual growth rate (%)
Housing3 9.3 5.9 6.1 6.0 6.0 6.2 6.1
Personal consumer3 4.6 8.4 5.6 4.7 3.6 3.7 2.4
Housing and personal consumer3 9.0 6.1 6.0 5.9 5.8 6.0 5.9
Business3 7.2 5.5 5.5 4.9 4.3 4.5 4.9
Agriculture3 3.9 2.2 2.8 2.6 2.8 3.0 3.4
  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

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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.

Series break Personal Consumer lending

In December 2018, a registered bank reclassified Business loans into Personal Consumer loans. The reclassification values were a reduction of $19m for Business loans and an increase of $19m for Personal Consumer loans. This has resulted in a break in the consumer series only and the growth rate has been adjusted for this break.

A list of series breaks is available for this table.

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Symbols and conventions for summary table

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bold Revised/new
italics Provisional
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General notes

  • Individual figures may not sum to the totals due to rounding
  • Percentage changes are calculated on unrounded numbers
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