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Household Living-costs Price Indexes: September 2016 quarter
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  08 November 2016
Key facts

Household living-costs price indexes (HLPIs) provide new insights into the inflation experienced by 13 different household groups:

  • beneficiaries
  • Māori
  • income quintiles (five groups)
  • expenditure quintiles (five groups)
  • superannuitants.

We publish an all-households HLPI for comparison.

The HLPIs are different from the overall basket of inflation as measured by the consumers price index (CPI). The CPI measures price changes experienced for New Zealand households overall. As a national average, the CPI does not reflect price changes for different groups in society. HLPIs also include mortgage-interest payments in place of 'construction of newly built houses'.

See Household living-costs price indexes: Background for further background information on these new indexes.

Figure 1

HLPIs: Cumulative inflation for selected household groups

Long-term picture

In the September 2016 quarter compared with the June 2008 quarter:

  • superannuitants experienced 19 percent inflation
  • the highest-expenditure household group experienced 9.1 percent inflation
  • the lowest-expenditure household group experienced 18 percent inflation
  • beneficiaries experienced 16 percent inflation
  • Māori households experienced 13 percent inflation
  • households overall experienced 13 percent inflation.

Liz MacPherson, Government Statistician
ISSN 2463-719X
8 November 2016 

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