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Household living-costs price indexes – public consultation

Household living-costs price indexes (HLPIs) are due to begin regular production in mid-2016.

The new indexes, recommended by the 2013 CPI Advisory Committee, will highlight differences in household expenditure patterns and provide greater insight into the inflation experiences for groups of households.

We will produce HLPIs for the most commonly identified groups from our public consultation in 2014. These are:

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

We asked to hear your views on the following topics in a recent consultation.

How we define the household groups

What criteria should be used to determine which households to include in each group? Should they use broad or narrow definitions?

How we combine household expenditure patterns

What matters most – the inflation experience for the group as a whole or for a ‘typical’ household within each group?

How we treat interest and insurance

What approach to measuring interest and insurance makes most sense to you?

 

We will review submissions and input in the final design and development of the HLPIs.

To read the paper, download or print the PDF from 'Available files'. If you have problems viewing the files, see Opening files and PDFs.

ISBN 978-0-908350-03-2 (online), published 13 October 2015

How to get in touch

Formal submissions closed at 5pm on Friday 27 November 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Alan Bentley or Katrina Dewbery

Wellington  04 931 4600

Email HLPI@stats.govt.nz with ‘HLPI public consultation’ in the subject line.

Updated 8 December 2015

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