Is food in New Zealand overpriced?

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The price of food is a heavily debated topic, and many believe some products on New Zealand supermarket shelves are far too expensive.

With the price of avocado’s skyrocketing in the last week, SunLive went down to Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach to ask members of the public whether or not they believe food in New Zealand is overpriced.

One of the main products classified as overpriced is meat.

“When you go to Australia, it just seems a lot cheaper.

“We have so many meet sources here, so you think it would be a lot cheaper to purchase.”

Eggs too have increased in price. Statistics New Zealand released a statement on Tuesday saying the price of eggs reached a record high of $4.43 a dozen in April 2019.

Statistics New Zealand also say the price of chocolate and ice cream increased in April.

One resident believes food is not overpriced, as we have a high standard of food products here in New Zealand.

“Generally the quality of food is quite high, so I think overall you are paying a good price for what you are eating.

“It also goes back to seasonality, obviously if it’s out of season then it’s probably more expensive than you would be willing to pay.”

Other residents also touched on the price of unhealthy sugary foods in comparison to healthy foods.

“It’s cheaper to go and buy a coke than to buy milk, isn’t it.

“It’s often the healthy food is also the dearest, healthy stuff should be the cheapest.”

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Food Prices

Posted on 16-05-2019 15:51 | By LyricalSoul

Indeed all food prices are too expensive

Food Prices

Posted on 16-05-2019 10:21 | By

graemeheward I’m afraid has got it wrong and Anton has got it right, particularly for the UK. Europe (Spain and France in particular) is a totally different matter and has been for some time. If you compare wages/food costs in NZ to that in the UK, then the "cost of living" is significantly higher in NZ. I can buy NZ food and wine products cheaper in the UK than in NZ.

food prices

Posted on 15-05-2019 22:15 | By

food prices in nz are far cheaper in nz than aus uk and europe i have just come back from europe 150 euros for apaster meal 140 euros for a tiny piece of steak which i could not eat had to drink bottled water every where i went nz has the highest wages in the world as the minimum wage covers everthing not like overseas i also work with back packers all year round and they tell the same story also never found one river i could swim in in europe even with a heat wave in july 2018


Posted on 15-05-2019 18:27 | By overit

I am waiting for a smart Govt. to take the GST of fruit, vege, meat, milk and bread.


Posted on 15-05-2019 17:36 | By astex

Interesting server done yearly between NZ, Australia, UK and the USA. Consistently the country with the lowest wages NZ is the highest.

This is who we are

Posted on 15-05-2019 15:08 | By

Damn right it is. Scammers paradise.


Posted on 15-05-2019 13:49 | By Anton

If we compare food prices with other countries and what we earn, then food prices are very high in NZ. Visitors from Europe who earn more as we do (average) complain at the high food prices here. Dairy products are expensive here as well.