The national accounts record all types of transactions. They do so for the economy as a whole, and for certain groups or sectors within it. This provides information on economic activities such as:
- the production of goods and services and the costs involved in producing them;
- the incomes earned by various groups within the economy, and what they do with them;
- the economic relationship with the rest of the world.
The main outputs are:
- gross domestic product (GDP) – the measure of the value added from all economic activity in New Zealand.
- real gross national disposable income – the net income of New Zealand residents from both domestic and overseas sources after taking into account income redistribution by way of international transfers, or gross national income plus net international transfers. The real gross national disposable income statistics are published with the quarterly GDP information release.
- government sector statistics – a measure of the financial performance of central and local government operations. Notes from Statistics New Zealand(external link).