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January, 2019

In this issue

Dairy cattle numbers dip again
Recent migrants say they face bias, but feel safe
Cheaper to get your 5+ a day at the end of 2018
Almost 33,000 homes consented in November year
Wealth of top 20 percent rises by $394,000

Dairy cattle numbers dip again

Provisional figures from the 2018 agricultural production survey showed dairy cattle numbers fell 1 percent, to 6.4 million in June 2018.

Sheep numbers have fallen in 10 of the past 12 years, in total down about 12.8 million from about 40.1 million in 2006. New Zealand now has 5.6 sheep for every person, after peaking at 22 sheep for every person in 1982.

Read more about livestock numbers.

Recent migrants say they face bias, but feel safe

According to the 2016 General Social Survey (GSS), about 26 percent of recent migrants said they’d felt discriminated against in the previous 12 months, compared with about 16 percent for both long-term migrants, and people born in New Zealand.

Compared with long-term migrants and people born in New Zealand, recent migrants were more likely to feel safe using or waiting for public transport at night, and when walking alone in their neighbourhood after dark.

Read more about what recent migrants said.

Cheaper to get your 5+ a day at the end of 2018

Overall, getting your five-plus (5+) a day servings of fruit and vegetables was cheaper in 2018. Fruit prices were 3.8 percent lower in December 2018 than in December 2017, while vegetable prices were 7.5 percent lower. The cost of a dozen eggs, by contrast, reached a record $4.25 in December 2018, with prices up 10 percent on December 2017.

Read more about fruit and vegetable prices.

Almost 33,000 homes consented in November year

Almost 33,000 new homes were consented in the year ended November 2018, up 5.3 percent from the November 2017 year.

Auckland drove the increase in new homes consented, followed by Wellington. A total of 32,783 new homes were consented in the year ended November 2018.

Read more about homes consented.

Wealth of top 20 percent rises by $394,000

The net worth of the richest 20 percent of New Zealand households has risen $394,000 since 2015, to reach a median of $1.75 million.

Over the same period, from the year ended June 2015 to the June 2018 year, the net worth of the bottom 40 percent has not increased.

The median net worth of the typical Kiwi household in the June 2018 year was $340,000, up from $289,000 three years ago – mainly reflecting rising property values. The median means half of all households are richer and half are poorer than this value.

Read more about the net worth of New Zealand households.

Top statistics

Population: 4,907,200

Unemployment September qtr: 3.9%

CPI December qtr: +1.9%

GDP September quarter: +0.3%

All figures as at 12:45pm 23 January 2019.

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Upcoming releases

1 Feb 19: Household living-costs price indexes: December 2018 quarter
4 Feb 19: Building consents issued: December 2018
7 Feb 19: Labour market statistics: December 2018 quarter

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