Rural and regional

New Zealand’s rural sector dominates our economy. Find out what effects national and international pressures will have on the industry and its farmers.

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Rural and regional report categories

Commodities Weekly

This concise weekly report explores the components of the ASB Commodity Price Index in relation to the meat, dairy and forestry markets. It also presents valuable insights into other factors that might affect local commodity prices, such as currency movements and overseas tariff agreements.

Farmshed Economics

This monthly report provides insight into key rural developments of the previous month. Where relevant, it includes our outlook for rural commodities and other financial markets.

International Agri Insights

This report is authored by our US-based expert Professor Bill Bailey and gives his take on global agricultural developments across a range of sectors. Upbeat and topical, it covers a wide range of issues, from US cattle cycles to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and their impact in the New Zealand context.

Rural Economic Note

This section provides insights into key rural events such as the fortnightly Global Dairy Auctions and announcements by Fonterra, New Zealand’s multinational dairy conglomerate.

Rural Loan Report

This report provides a brief summary of our interest rate view to assist rural borrowers with making informed interest rate decisions.

Regional Economic Scoreboard

The economic performance of New Zealand’s 16 Regional Councils is ranked using the latest quarterly regional statistics on employment, construction, retail trade and house prices. The fastest growing regions gain the highest ratings, and a good performance by the overall economy raises the rating of all regions.

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All enquiries from the media should be directed to our economics team:

Nick Tuffley

ASB Chief Economist

Jane Turner

Senior Economist

Nathan Penny

Senior Rural Economist

Kim Mundy


Daniel Snowden


Judith Pinto

Publication and Data Manager

Rural and Regional