Reserve Bank analytical accounts ($m) - R3

16 April 2018 03:00 p.m.
Next release
14 May 2018 03:00 p.m.
Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Previous years: Monthly:
Mar 2016 Mar 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018
Net foreign assets 20,365 21,319 23,947 24,372 25,226 24,462 23,526
Claims on non-residents 21,745 22,375 25,007 25,208 26,573 26,275 24,794
less Liabilities to non-residents 1,379 1,056 1,060 836 1,346 1,813 1,268
Claims on other depository corporations 82 79 50 96 157 106 598
Net claims on central government -1,253 -4,858 -4,216 -1,541 -6,229 -6,847 -4,999
Claims on central government 3,418 3,471 4,881 3,325 3,311 3,299 3,584
less Liabilities to central government (1) 4,671 8,329 9,097 4,865 9,539 10,145 8,583
Claims on other sectors 3 3 4 3 3 3 3
Monetary base 13,413 13,230 14,259 15,062 13,878 13,759 15,392
Currency in circulation 5,826 5,897 6,233 6,687 6,359 6,331 6,497
Liabilities to other depository corporations (2) 7,587 7,334 8,026 8,375 7,519 7,428 8,895
Liabilities to other sectors - - - - - - -
Other liabilities to other depository corporations 2,782 546 2,466 4,882 2,341 1,038 736
Deposits and securities excluded from monetary base - - - - - - -
Loans - - - - - - -
Financial derivatives - - - - - - -
Shares and other equity capital 2,994 2,774 3,104 3,026 2,979 2,968 3,039
Other items (net) 8 -7 -44 -41 -40 -40 -39
(1) Crown settlement accounts 2,766 6,359 6,855 3,660 8,139 8,745 6,882
(2) Settlement institutions' balances 7,587 7,334 8,026 8,375 7,519 7,428 8,895

The Data: Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness

Coverage characteristics

The table shows assets and liabilities as at end of month in millions of New Zealand dollars. All assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currency are converted into New Zealand dollars at the relevant exchange rates at balance date. The data starts from December 2001.

The table excludes New Zealand accounts with the IMF. IMF accounts are managed by the Debt Management Office at the New Zealand Treasury and can be accessed at

R3 shows balance sheet accounts classified by broad institutional sector of counterparties. Net foreign assets are net claims on non-residents and include such reserves as defined in the International Reserves and Foreign Currency Liquidity (IMF 2001 & 2012) plus other relevant assets of RBNZ. The main aggregates on the liability side are the monetary base, liabilities to other depository corporations and the Reserve Bank's capital equity.

The main counterparty sub-sectors in the New Zealand economy are:

  • Financial Corporations
    • Reserve Bank of New Zealand
    • Other Depository Corporations
      • Registered Banks
        • Private registered banks
        • Government registered bank
      • Savings institutions
        • Credit Unions
        • Building Societies
      • Deposit taking finance companies
      • Managed funds (PIE funds)
    • Other financial corporations
      • Insurance companies
      • Pension funds
      • Other financial corporations except insurance and pension funds
  • Nonfinancial corporations
    • Private producer enterprises
    • Producer boards
    • Government enterprises
      • Central government enterprises
      • Local government enterprises
  • General government
    • Central government
      • Central government
      • Funded Social Security schemes
    • Local government
    • R┼źnanga Iwi
  • Other resident sectors
    • Households
    • Non-profit institutions serving households




Data is released two to three weeks after the reference month.

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The statistical data are prepared using guidelines contained in the Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual (IMF 2000) and subsequent Compilation Guide (IMF 2008) available from

Official reserve assets (MFSM 2000)

RBNZ gross liquid claims on non-residents, excluding New Zealand accounts with the IMF. Include securities encumbered in repurchase agreements and similar reverse transactions. For international reserves data defined according to Balance of Payments/International Investment Position (IIP) standards, see table E1 and SDDS

Monetary base

A set of liquid liabilities that, according to MFSM 2000, supports the expansion of broad money and credit. Also referred to as high-powered money, the concept includes currency in circulation outside RBNZ and settlement accounts of depository corporations at RBNZ. Exclude Reserve Bank Bills issued by RBNZ. Compulsory reserve requirements on depository corporations were abolished in February 1985

Short term

Financial instruments with original maturities of one year or less

Long term

Financial instruments with original maturities of over one year

Repurchase agreements

Securities repurchases, reverse repurchases and securities lending are classified as collateralised loans

Other depository corporations (ODC)

Registered banks and other deposit taking institutions operating in New Zealand

Other financial corporations (OFC)

Insurance companies, pension funds and other non-deposit taking financial corporations

Central government

Government departments, local authorities, Rūnanga Iwi and funded social security schemes

Public non-financial corporations

Government and local authority trading enterprises

Other non-financial corporations

Private producer enterprises

Other resident sectors

Households and non-profit institutions serving households


Entities whose centre of economic interest is located outside New Zealand territories

Memorandum item: Crown settlement accounts

Transferable deposits of the central government at the Reserve Bank

Memorandum item: Settlement institutions balances

Transferable deposits of ESAS account holders at the Reserve Bank. Settlement institutions include several registered banks and other approved financial institutions

MFSM 2000

Statistical methodology and guidelines contained in the Monetary and Financial Statistics Manual, IMF 2000

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
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