If the economy is slowing slower than expected, is that still bad news?

Should we benchmark the New Zealand growth rate against our international peers or should we be aiming higher?

GDP data shows NZ economy continued to slow in June quarter


Today's GDP growth data - 0.5 per cent for the June quarter - has come in bang on Reserve Bank expectations and slightly stronger than the market expected.

In doing so it's provided a kind of political Rorschach test for economy watchers.

Focus: NZ's GDP on the rise by 0.5 per cent in the June quarter. Video / Jed Bradley

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Opposition parties, as you'd expect, were