Statistics news and updates

From time to time the Reserve Bank will make changes to the statistical tables and data we publish. We will provide an overview of any major changes and the planned work programme on this page.

December 2017 – Update on Insurance statistics

In September, the Reserve Bank invited feedback on our plans to commence regular publication of insurance statistics sourced from licensed insurers’ reported financial data. The Reserve Bank particularly encouraged licensed insurers to provide feedback.

Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your time and effort.

We primarily received comments from licensed insurers. We have collated all the feedback and identified key themes. Please see responses to your feedback structured by the focus of our request and the key themes.

Read the Update on Insurance statistics (PDF 229KB)

November 2017 – Roll-out of new Excel file format

On 22 November 2017 we will change the format of all current Excel from .xls to .xlsx.

A file with the XLS extension is a Microsoft Excel 97-2003 Worksheet file. Later versions of Excel save spreadsheet files in the XLSX format. This change in format is required as the XLS format is becoming obsolete.

Initially we will not change the format of the Excel files that are no longer current or updated, e.g. discontinued statistics. We will look to apply the format change to these files over the next few months.

We are not changing the presentation of the data in the Excel files.

If you have any questions please contact stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz.

October 2017 – New series added to Registered banks’ web tables

As previously communicated, we are now publishing more data sourced from the Reserve Bank’s Bank Balance Sheet survey.

This includes both a new Memo table for Banks: Balance sheet – S10 and new additional series on other tables as follows:

The new S10 Memo excel table includes breakdowns of selected:

  • Banks’ balance sheet financial instruments denominated in New Zealand dollar and foreign currency
  • Banks’ balance sheet financial instruments with a New Zealand (onshore) and non-New Zealand (offshore) counterparty

There are new additional series for lending to the commercial property sector on Banks: Assets – Loans by purpose – S31, including lending for:

  • Investment property
  • Commercial property development
  • Residential property development

There are new additional series for loans to and deposits from central government and local government which are published on Tables Banks: Assets – Loans by sector – S30 and Banks: Liabilities - Deposits by sector – S40.

If you have any questions please contact stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz.

September 2017 - Insurance statistics - request for feedback

The Reserve Bank plans to commence regular publication of insurance statistics sourced from licensed insurers’ reported financial data.

We are interested in receiving your feedback on the proposed publication strategy.

Read a PDF of the Request for feedback (PDF 106KB).

Please provide your feedback to stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz by Friday 20 October 2017.

August 2017 – Latest Statistics Update email

The Reserve Bank Statistics Update email provides an overview of the latest changes and our planned work programme. We welcome your feedback. Please provide comments to stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz.

Read a PDF of the Statistics Update email (PDF 60KB)

August 2017 – Review of interest rates data collection

We are interested in receiving your feedback to better understand user needs on the following:

  • Proposed effective yields to replace business lending and effective mortgage rate series discontinued in January 2017
  • A draft plan for an extended range of interest rates, including new effective interest rates

Read the update. Please provide your feedback to stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz by 22 September 2017.

August 2017 – Website change to HTTPS

We have moved our website to HTTPS (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure). This means all communications between your web browser and the Reserve Bank website are encrypted.

When opening Excel or Word files using the Internet Explorer web browser, you may receive a pop-up asking you to allow the website to open web content using a programme on your computer. Please click Allow to download the file.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

July 2017 – Discontinuation of selected Non-bank web tables

We have discontinued the publication of selected non-bank web tables with the last data published as at May 2017.

  • T2 Non banks: Funding ($m)
  • T3 Non banks: Claims ($m)
  • T12 Savings institutions: Funding ($m)
  • T13 Savings institutions: Claims ($m)
  • T14 Savings institutions: Funding and claims by sector ($m)
  • T22 Deposit taking finance companies: Funding ($m)
  • T23 Deposit taking finance companies: Claims ($m)
  • T24 Deposit taking finance companies: Funding and claims by sector ($m)
  • T32 Non-deposit taking finance companies: Funding ($m)
  • T33 Non-deposit taking finance companies: Claims ($m)
  • T34 Non-deposit taking finance companies: Funding and claims

The data will still be available for users on request. Please email your request to stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz.

This change initiative is part of a comprehensive review of statistical reporting of non-bank entities.

We are reviewing the reporting to create more coherent and comparable statistics, which are better aligned with international standards.

We currently plan to complete the review in 2018 and expect further changes to non-bank statistics.

June 2017 – Annual Agriculture Credit tables discontinued

We have discontinued the publication of the Annual Agriculture credit tables (tables C26, C27 and C28) with the last data published as at June 2016.

The Bank Balance Sheet survey collects data on a monthly basis for agriculture sub sectors of dairy, sheep and beef, horticulture and other on-farm lending. This data can be found in S31 Banks: Assets – Loans by purpose ($m) – S31.

Go to the S31 table

June 2017 – Latest Statistics Update email

The Reserve Bank Statistics Update email provides an overview of the latest changes and our planned work programme. We welcome your feedback. Please provide comments to stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz.

Read a PDF of the Statistics Update email (PDF 60KB)

June 2017 – Roll-out of new presentation of data in Excel files

Over the next few months we will continue to roll-out the new format for our Excel data files to the Reserve Bank’s statistical data tables. The most notable change in the Excel data files are data presented in vertical format with no extra columns, bold numbers, merged cells or any other formatting. This will make it easier for data users to transform the file into other ‘machine friendly’ formats such as .csv. Extra tabs also contain supplementary information about the table and the data.

June 2017 – Review of interest rates data collection

We have discontinued the publication of effective mortgage rates, business lending rate (table B3) and debt servicing series (table C21) as the new Bank Balance Sheet survey does not collect interest rates. The technical note provides more information about the new Bank Balance Sheet survey.

Go to the B3 table
Go to the C21 table
Read the technical note (PDF 673KB)

We intend to extend other Reserve Bank data collections to provide higher quality interest rate data. In the meantime, you may consider other interest rate series published in table B3 or data published by interest.co.nz as suitable alternatives. We would welcome your feedback on your interest rate information needs. Please email your comments to stats-info@rbnz.govt.nz.

May 2017 – Changes to Household Balance Sheet statistics

The March 2017 quarter publication of the Household Balance Sheet statistics (tables C21, C22) includes revisions to a number of items in the balance sheet and the overall net wealth of the household sector. The technical note outlines the main changes to the household sector assets and liabilities and the impact on previously published data.

Go to the C21 table
Go to the C22 table
Read the technical note (PDF 476KB)

April 2017 - New Banking Sector Balance Sheet Statistics

The Reserve Bank has begun publishing new monthly statistics from the Bank Balance Sheet Survey that will provide greater insights into the structure of the banking system. The SSR tables have been discontinued.

New residential mortgage interest rates - B20
Sector credit (registered banks and non-bank lending institutions) - C5
Money and credit aggregates (depository corporations) - C50
Banks: Balance sheet ($m) - S10
Banks: Assets – Loans by sector ($m) - S30
Banks: Assets – Loans by purpose ($m) - S31
Banks: Assets – Loans by product ($m) - S32
Banks: Assets – Loans fully secured by residential mortgage by repricing ($m) - S33
Banks: Assets – Loans by industry ($m) - S34
Banks: Liabilities – Deposits by sector ($m) - S40
Banks: Liabilities – Deposits by industry ($m) - S41

Read the news release
View the web table concordance (PDF 60KB)
Read the technical note (PDF 673KB)