December 2020: Slipping (PDF 316KB)
The lack of tourists is becoming evident in car traffic, while the Heavy Traffic Index is suggesting a stonking Q3 GDP outturn, but possibly negative growth in Q4. The Light Traffic Index fell 3.1% in November, while the Heavy Traffic eased 0.3% m/m.
November 2020: Settling down (PDF 308KB)
The Light Traffic Index lifted a further 0.6% in October, while the Heavy Traffic eased 3.0% as traffic settled following the second Auckland lockdown.
October 2020: Stop-start (PDF 312KB)
The Light Traffic Index bounced back 12.3% in September, while the Heavy Traffic lifted 4.1% as the Alert Level restrictions eased.
September 2020: All over the road (PDF 316KB)
The Light Traffic Index fell 13.1% in August, while the Heavy Traffic fell 6.5% as the impact of the second COVID-19 outbreak weighed, including the roadblocks around Auckland.
August 2020: Back in business (PDF 316KB)
The Light Traffic Index lifted 5.6% in July, while the Heavy Traffic rose 2.7%. Light traffic in the month of July was 9.5% higher than the same month the previous year, while heavy traffic is up 10.2% on year-ago levels.
July 2020: An oasis of (near) normality (PDF 312KB)
The Light Traffic Index lifted 28% in June. The Heavy Traffic rose 14.5%. Overall traffic is nearly back to year-ago levels.
June 2020: Jump start (PDF 256KB)
In May the Light Traffic Index recovered more than half of its April fall, but it was still 37% lower than last May for the month as a whole. The Heavy Traffic bounced more, and is 7.8% lower than May 2019.
May 2020: STOP (PDF 256KB)
The Light Traffic Index fell 71.1% m/m in April, while the Heavy Traffic fell 45.0% m/m. The month included 27 days of Level 4 lockdown and 3 days of Level 3.
April 2020: Anything but BAU (PDF 252KB)
The Light Traffic Index fell 29.3% m/m in March, while the Heavy Traffic fell 8.0% m/m. The month included nearly a full week of Level 4 lockdown.
March 2020: Still BAU around most of the country (PDF 263KB)
The Light Traffic Index fell 0.7% m/m in February, while the Heavy Traffic fell 3.0% m/m, after a sharp lift the previous month
February 2020: Strong start (PDF 260KB)
The Light Traffic Index rose 2.0% m/m in January, unwinding its December drop, while the Heavy Traffic jumped 4.8% m/m, after two weaker months.
January 2020: December dip (PDF 264KB)
In December, the Light Traffic Index fell 2.0% m/m, while the Heavy Traffic fell 2.5% m/m, on top of a fall in November. Annual growth in light traffic is still lifting but that of heavy traffic has now plateaued.