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Quarterly Economic Monitor September 2021

Infometrics provisionally estimates that Taupō’s economy grew 2.9% over the year to September 2021. GDP in the September 2021 quarter was 3.3% lower than 2020, reflecting the Delta Level 4 lockdown. Infometrics estimates that only 57% of Taupō’s workers can work through Alert Level 4 as essential workers or by working from home, lower than the national average of 63%, due to the area’s large tourism sector. The absence of tourists from Auckland, which has been under a protracted lockdown, will have constrained the local economy in the September quarter.

Despite the constraints, tourism spending in the year to September 2021 increased by 6.8% in Taupō compared with the previous year, which was higher than national growth of 4.2%. Strong tourism activity in previous quarters has helped bolster activity over the last year, despite the Level 4 setback recently. Total consumer spending was up 4.7% over the same

period, similar to the national level growth.

Population growth has been a contributor to Taupō’s economic expansion with the population increasing by 1.5% over the year to June 2021 which was substantially higher than the national growth of 0.6%.

Taupō’s labour market is showing mixed signs of recovery. The number of Taupō residents in employment over the year to September 2021 increased by 1.1% with construction and professional services the largest contributors to job growth. The number of Jobseeker Support recipients peaked at 1,544 in the December 2020 quarter, tracked downwards over the next

two quarters, but ticked up again in the September 2021 quarter to 1,467 as the Delta outbreak hit. The unemployment rate is sitting at a very low 3.3%.

Taupō’s housing market is running hot with the average house value in the September 2021 quarter rising by nearly 36% to $825,000. Rising prices are encouraging residential building with the number of consents up 8.2% up over the year to September 2021. Non-residential consents were up 37% and running at a level well above the 10-year average.

Gross Domestic Product

GDP in the Taupo District was provisionally up 2.9% for the year to September 2021 compared to a year earlier. Growth was lower than in New Zealand (3.7%).

Consumer Spending

Electronic card consumer spending in the Taupo District as measured by Marketview, increased by 4.7% over the year to September 2021 compared to the previous year. This compares with an increase of 4.7% nationally.

Tourism expenditure

Total tourism expenditure in the Taupo District increased by 6.8% in the year to September 2021. This compares with an increase of 4.2% in New Zealand. Total tourism expenditure was approximately $360 million in the Taupo District during the year to September 2021.

You can read the full report below including Traffic flow, Employment, Jobseeker Support recipients, Unemployment rate, Dairy payout, Tourism expenditure, Health enrolments, Residential consents, Non-residential consents and House values and sales.

Infometrics Quarterly Report to September 2021
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