WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters said on Monday a bill has been introduced to Parliament to change the legislation governing the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to add employment as a policy goal alongside inflation.
The bill, which needs approval by Parliament before becoming law, would also introduce a committee to set monetary policy rather than leave the decision to the central bank’s governor.
The proposed changes had been flagged by the Labour-led coalition government that came into power in October.
RBNZ Governor Adrian Orr and Finance Minister Grant Robertson agreed that maximizing sustainable employment would be a consideration alongside inflation targeting in an policy agreement struck in March.
Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Richard Borsuk