**Result:**
$100
in 1961 →
$2,283.44
in 2020

According to the World Bank consumer price index for New Zealand, today's prices in 2020 are 2,183.44% higher than average prices since 1961. This means that a dollar today only buys 4.38% of what it could buy in 1961. The New Zealand dollar experienced an average inflation rate of 5.45% per year during this period, causing the real value of a dollar to decrease.

In other words, $100 in 1961 is equivalent in purchasing power to about $2,283.44 in 2020, a difference of $2,183.44 over 59 years. This inflation data is collected by the World Bank and is specific to New Zealand.

The 1961 inflation rate was 1.80%. The current year-over-year inflation rate (2019 to 2020) is now 1.60%^{1}.
If this number holds, $100 today will be equivalent in buying power to $101.60 next year.

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Cumulative price change | 2,183.44% |

Average inflation rate | 5.45% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $2,283.44 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $2,183.44 |

CPI in 1961 | 5.082 |

CPI in 2020 | 116.042 |

Inflation in 1961 | 1.80% |

Inflation in 2020 | 1.60% |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for $100 in 1961 (price index tracking began in 1960).

For example, if you started with $100, you would need to end with $2,283.44 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When $100 is equivalent to $2,283.44 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single New Zealand dollar decreases over time. In other words, a dollar will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a dollar over time. By calculating the value in 1961 dollars, the chart below shows how $100 is worth less over 59 years.

According to the World Bank, each of these NZD amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

This conversion table shows various other 1961 amounts in today's dollars, based on the 2,183.44% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
---|---|

$1 dollar in 1961 | $22.83 dollars today |

$5 dollars in 1961 | $114.17 dollars today |

$10 dollars in 1961 | $228.34 dollars today |

$50 dollars in 1961 | $1,141.72 dollars today |

$100 dollars in 1961 | $2,283.44 dollars today |

$500 dollars in 1961 | $11,417.21 dollars today |

$1,000 dollars in 1961 | $22,834.42 dollars today |

$5,000 dollars in 1961 | $114,172.10 dollars today |

$10,000 dollars in 1961 | $228,344.21 dollars today |

$50,000 dollars in 1961 | $1,141,721.05 dollars today |

$100,000 dollars in 1961 | $2,283,442.09 dollars today |

$500,000 dollars in 1961 | $11,417,210.46 dollars today |

$1,000,000 dollars in 1961 | $22,834,420.92 dollars today |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1961 and today:

CPI today
CPI in 1961

×

1961 NZD value

=

Today's value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The New Zealand CPI was 5.0819091612 in the year 1961 and 116.04245284754961 in 2020:

116.042452847549615.0819091612

×

$100

=

$100 in 1961 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as $2,283.44 in 2020.

To get the total inflation rate for the 59 years between 1961 and 2020, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2020 - CPI in 1961CPI in 1961

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

116.04245284754961 - 5.08190916125.0819091612

×

100

=

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

- A dog named Chernushka, frogs, and a guinea pig orbit the Earth in the Soviet flight Sputnik 9.
- Nelson Mandela is acquitted of treason after a four-and-a-half year trial.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: βNew Zealand Inflation Calculator: World Bank data, 1961-2020 (NZD).β Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 9 Jul. 2020, https://www.officialdata.org/new-zealand/inflation.

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Cumulative price change | 2,183.44% |

Average inflation rate | 5.45% |

Converted amount ($100 base) | $2,283.44 |

Price difference ($100 base) | $2,183.44 |

CPI in 1961 | 5.082 |

CPI in 2020 | 116.042 |

Inflation in 1961 | 1.80% |

Inflation in 2020 | 1.60% |