International Monetary Fund. Asia and Pacific Dept
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
This 2014 Article IV Consultation highlights that the economic expansion in New Zealand is becoming increasingly embedded and broad based, with growth exceeding 3 percent in the second half of 2013. The drivers include supportive financial conditions, record high export commodity prices, resurgent construction activity related to the Canterbury post-earthquake rebuild and general housing shortages, and a substantial increase in net immigration. Growth is expected to increase to about 31/2 percent in 2014 and moderate to a trend rate of 21/2 percent over the medium term. Strong construction activity is expected to remain an important driver for near-term growth.