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RBNZ Official Cash Rate, interest rate central bank New Zealand

Charts - historic RBNZ interest rates

Graph New Zealand interest rate - interest rates last year

Graph New Zealand interest rate - long-term graph

The current New Zealand interest rate (base rate) is 0.500 %

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

The central bank of New Zealand is the RBNZ, or Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The bank is determining the monetary policy and strives to:
  • maintain price stability or a moderate inflation;
  • maintain a solid and efficient financial system.
How to achieve price stability in New Zealand is captured in the Policy Targets Agreement (PTA).

Official Cash Rate (OCR)

When reference is made to the New Zealand interest rate this often refers to the RBNZ Official Cash Rate, OCR. The objective for the inflation level is determined by the RBNZ. The OCR (baserate) is used as a means to achieve this objective. Changing the Official Cash Rate the central bank is influencing the market interest rate. In case of an interest rate increase consumers tend to spend less because saving money is rewarded. At the same time the interest which needs to be paid for a mortgage or loan is increasing as well. When consumers save more or spend less there will be less pressure on prices which results in a decrease on inflationary pressure.

This page shows the current and historic values of the RBNZ Official Cash Rate (OCR).

For a summary of the current interest rates of a large number of central banks please click here.

Tables - current and historic interest rates od the central bank of New Zealand

RBNZ latest interest rate changes

 change date percentage
 october 06 2021 0.500 %
 march 16 2020 0.250 %
 august 07 2019 1.000 %
 may 08 2019 1.500 %
 november 10 2016 1.750 %
 august 11 2016 2.000 %
 march 10 2016 2.250 %
 december 10 2015 2.500 %
 september 10 2015 2.750 %
 july 23 2015 3.000 %

Summary of other central banks’ interest rates

 central bank interest rate region percentage date
 FED interest rate United States 0.250 % 03-15-2020
 RBA interest rate Australia 0.100 % 11-03-2020
 BACEN interest rate Brazil 6.250 % 09-22-2021
 BoE interest rate Great Britain 0.100 % 03-19-2020
 BOC interest rate Canada 0.250 % 03-27-2020
 PBC interest rate China 3.850 % 04-20-2020
 ECB interest rate Europe 0.000 % 03-10-2016
 BoJ interest rate Japan -0.100 % 02-01-2016
 CBR interest rate Russia 7.500 % 10-22-2021
 SARB interest rate South Africa 3.500 % 07-23-2020

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American interest rate (Fed)0.25 %03-15-2020
Australian interest rate (RBA)0.10 %11-03-2020
British interest rate (BoE)0.10 %03-19-2020
Canadian interest rate (BOC)0.25 %03-27-2020
European interest rate (ECB)-03-10-2016
Japanese interest rate (BoJ)-0.10 %02-01-2016
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