Kiwis spend big in 2015

  • 09/02/2016
Kiwis spend big in 2015

New Zealanders spent more than $50 billion on credit and debit cards linked to the Paymark system last year, up 5.9 percent on 2014.

More than one billion transactions were recorded on New Zealand's largest electronic transaction system at a rate of around 60 transactions a second on average in 2015.

Auckland, Northland, Bay of Plenty, Nelson and Otago were the major areas of growth while Taranaki and the West Coast had small declines.

New Zealanders predominantly paid the for record $53.3b goods and services with their debit cards, accounting for about three in four transactions, according to the data.

Underlying growth has continued into the New Year, increasing by 0.1 percentage point to 6 percent in January, with heavy spending in accomodation, food and drink and entertainment.

About 75 percent of New Zealand retail businesses are linked to Paymark.