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According to the Westpac-McDermott Miller Regional Economic Confidence survey, New Zealand’s regional economic confidence deteriorated in the quarter ending September 2018, with six of eleven regions showing a drop compared to the previous quarter, notes the research team at Westpac.

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“Households in New Zealand’s most southern regions were the most confident. Southland also posted by far the biggest gains”

“By contrast, households in the upper North Island have become less confident.”

“Confidence in regions with large metropolitan centres has also fallen, with Auckland by far the most pessimistic in the country.”

“Consumer confidence (a measure of households’ views of their own economic conditions) fell in six of eleven regions.”