New Zealand’s Central Bank Raises Interest Rates by 25bps to Highest Level in 14 Years

New Zealand’s central bank raised interest rates by another 25 basis points on Wednesday, bringing the benchmark rate to the highest level in more than a decade.

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) took its interest rate to 5.5%, the highest level in 14 years and reiterated that inflation remains too high. The raise was in line with expectations from 21 of 25 economists in a Reuters poll.

The central bank stated that the official cash rate will need to remain at a restrictive level for the foreseeable future, to ensure that consumer price inflation returns to the 1% to 3% target range.

RBNZ is still forecasting a technical recession and is projecting negative growth in the second and third quarter of 2023.