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Welcome to the Economic Development website

The Economic Development information website contains information on a range of economic issues including information technology, energy, tourism, regulatory reform, and commerce. The site is owned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.

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Energy data

Access the latest energy data for New Zealand or download one of our publications.

Food and Beverage Information Project

The Food and Beverage Information Project is the first comprehensive overview of the state of New Zealand’s food and beverage industry.

Tourism research and data

Access a wide range of information on domestic and international tourism, and the economic impacts of tourism.

Sector & industry snapshots

Regions & cities

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment prepares policy advice that helps maximise the contribution that regions and cities, and in particular Auckland and Christchurch, make to NZ’s economic development and prosperity.





In this sector 

You will find information about the Ministry's involvement with:

  • Auckland Policy Office
  • New Zealand International Convention Centre
  • Regions & cities research.


[internal link] Go to the Cities home page now.


New Zealand’s abundant and diverse energy resources have long underpinned our economy. 


The challenge is to meet New Zealand's energy needs in a way that supports our way of life, the economy and the environment.



In this sector

You will find information about:

  • Energy data and modelling
  • Energy strategies
  • Energy security
  • News
  • And more...


[internal link] Visit the Energy section now.


The natural environment plays an important role in New Zealand’s economic development.


Managing the environmental impacts of development, and leveraging our natural assets, underpins a lot of the Ministry's work in one way or another.


In this sector

You will find information about:

  • Energy and the environment
  • Tourism and the environment
  • Carbon Capture and storage
  • Green Growth.
[internal link] Visit the Environment section now.

Food & beverage

We are working to grow the food and beverage sector, which is vital to achieving the government’s growth agenda.


The food and beverage sector remains the linchpin of the New Zealand economy.  It employs nearly one in five New Zealand workers, and also earns over half of our merchandise export earnings.


In this sector

You will find information about:

  • The Food and Beverage Information Project
  • Growing New Zealand's wine industry
  • The Food Innovation Network
  • And more...
[internal link] Visit the Food & Beverage section now.

Natural resources

The government's goal is for responsible development of both renewable and non-renewable energy resources.


Developing a mix of energy options positions New Zealand for higher economic growth and a lower-emissions future.


In this sector

You will find information about:

  • Oil & gas
  • Minerals
  • Geothermal
  • Biodiscovery.
[internal link] Visit the Natural resources section now.

Screen industry

We are involved in a number of initiatives to encourage the continuing success of New Zealand as a destination for film making.


New Zealand is widely regarded as one of the world's premier locations to make large budget films.  Some of the most successful feature films made in recent years were filmed here. 


In this sector

You will find information about:

  • The New Zealand Screen Production Grant
  • Film New Zealand
  • The Hobbit
  • The Screen sector work programme.
[internal link] Visit the Screen industry section now.

Technology & communication

Information and communications technologies could enhance innovation and productivity across the economy. To realise this potential, we work to ensure that telecommunications markets operate efficiently, and the commerce and ICT infrastructure is well developed.


In this sector

You will find information about: 

  • Fast broadband
  • Communications
  • Cyber security
  • Postal services
  • And more...


[internal link] Visit the Technology and communication section now.


One of New Zealand’s single largest export earning industries, tourism employs one in twenty people in NZ.


In a competitive tourism marketplace, New Zealand must continue to deliver a quality tourism experience while protecting the resources upon which the industry is based.

In this sector

You will find information about:

  • Tourism research and data
  • Making it easier to travel to New Zealand
  • Capturing greater value from International visitors
  • Supporting Maori tourism
  • China market review and
  • Christchurch tourism recovery.



[internal link] Visit the Tourism section now.

News & media centre
Our news

Our news

Oil production, exports return to trend; Renewable electricity generation 79%
19 June 2014
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment today released the March quarter 2014 edition of the New Zealand Energy Quarterly.
Faster broadband in South Westland
18 June 2014
Four communities in South Westland now have access to faster broadband, as a result of the Government’s $300 million Rural Broadband Initiative.
KiwiSaver default providers selected
28 March 2014
The Government has selected nine default KiwiSaver providers for a seven year term starting on 1 July.
Positive trends in latest energy data
20 March 2014
New Zealand’s demand for energy is increasing at a lower rate than the economy is growing, according to the latest New Zealand Energy Quarterly published today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Visitor spend reaches $6.7 billion
20 February 2014
Spend by international visitors in New Zealand has increased by 5 per cent for the year ending December 2013 to reach $6.7 billion, according to the latest International Visitor Survey released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).
Further prosecutions of unregistered motor vehicle traders
20 December 2013
The Registrar of Motor Vehicle Traders at MBIE has achieved convictions against six people over the past month.
New Zealand Energy Quarterly released
19 December 2013
The final New Zealand Energy Quarterly for 2013 was released by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment today.
Screen production incentive changes announced
16 December 2013
The Government is making changes to both the structure and level of government support for overseas and New Zealand screen productions.
Report on independent assessment of Chorus’ financial position released
14 December 2013
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today released the final report from Ernst & Young Australia on whether Chorus can deliver on its broadband contracts.
Regional Government Expenditure Report released
8 October 2013
Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and Finance Minister Bill English today released the Regional Government Expenditure Report.
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Gas Disruption Study – Consultation

Feedback is sought on the issues and recommendations raised in the Gas Disruption Study report.

Consultation closes: 31 July 2014