The long-term dataset behind Data1850 tells endless stories about New Zealand’s economic performance. The dataset is free to use and available to anyone. Send us an email if you’d like us to provide you with the entire dataset (in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet).
Data1850 is organised into five key areas. You can download a summary of the key events in NZ economic history, useful links and subsets of the full dataset. You can also download sections of the book ‘Looking at the Numbers’ by Phil Briggs.
GDP measures overall economic activity. Changes in activity impact on employment and capacity utilisation.
The population provides our labour force. People in employment are paid wages and salaries.
Changes in prices are reflected by CPI inflation, interest and exchange rates, export and import prices.
The main international linkages to the domestic economy are the exchange rate, the value of exports and imports, and the current account balance.
Central and local government provide services, employ people, raise taxes, spend, invest, borrow and incur debt.