Standard & Poor's credit rating for New Zealand stands at AA with positive outlook. Moody's credit rating for New Zealand was last set at Aaa with stable outlook. Fitch's credit rating for New Zealand was last reported at AA with stable outlook. In general, a credit rating is used by sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and other investors to gauge the credit worthiness of New Zealand thus having a big impact on the country's borrowing costs. This page includes the government debt credit rating for New Zealand as reported by major credit rating agencies.



AgencyRatingOutlookDate
S&PAA Positive Jan 30 2019
FitchAA Stable Jan 26 2016
FitchAA Positive Jul 08 2014
S&PAA Stable Sep 29 2011
FitchAA Stable Sep 29 2011
S&PAA+ Negative Nov 21 2010
FitchAA+ Negative Jul 15 2009
S&PAA+ Stable May 27 2009
S&PAA+ Negative Jan 12 2009
FitchAA+ Stable Aug 18 2003
Moody'sAaa Stable Oct 20 2002
FitchAA Stable Mar 27 2002
S&PAA+ Stable Mar 06 2001
Moody'sAa2 Stable Sep 23 1998
S&PAA+ Negative Sep 09 1998
Moody'sAa1 Negative Watch Jun 04 1998
Moody'sAa1 Stable Feb 26 1996
S&PAA+ Stable Jan 31 1996
Moody'sAa2 Positive Watch Jan 03 1996
S&PAA Stable Dec 22 1994
S&PAA Positive Jul 07 1994
Moody'sAa2 Stable Mar 16 1994
Moody'sAa3 Positive Watch Feb 22 1994
S&PAA- Stable Jan 22 1991
S&PAA Negative Jun 26 1989
S&PAA N/A Nov 02 1986
Moody'sAa3 Stable Aug 15 1986
Moody'sAa Stable Oct 17 1984
S&PAA+ N/A Apr 29 1983
Moody'sAaa Stable Jun 29 1977
S&PAAA N/A Nov 01 1976
Moody'sAa Stable Jul 10 1975
Moody'sBaa Stable Jul 01 1965
S&PBBB N/A Sep 29 1961


 S&PMoody'sFitchDBRSTE
B+ B1 35
BBB BBB+ 62
B- B3 B 26
B- B2 CCC B 30
B1 B+ 35
BBB+ BBB- 60
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
AA+ Aa1 AA+ AAA 96
BB+ Ba2 BB+ 50
BB+ Baa3 52
B+ B2 BB- 35
BB- Ba3 BB- 40
SD Caa1 15
B B3 B 26
AA Aa3 AA- AA (high) 88
B- B3 20
B+ B2 B 32
A+ A2 N/A 78
BB- Ba3 BB- 40
B B3 27
A- A2 72
BB- Ba2 BB- BB (low) 42
BBB- Baa2 BBB 58
B 25
N/A B2 30
B B2 B 30
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 99
B B 30
Aa3 85
A+ A1 A N/A 80
A+ A1 A+ A (high) 80
BBB- Baa2 BBB BBB 58
CCC+ Caa1 20
B+ B1 B+ 38
BBB- Ba2 BBB- 50
Caa2 15
BBB- Ba2 BBB- BBB (low) 50
AA- A1 AA- 81
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
BB- Ba3 BB- 38
B- B3 B- 25
B B2 B+ 30
B- B3 B- 23
AA- A1 AA- AA (low) 81
B B1 B 31
AA Aaa AAA AAA 98
BB- Ba3 35
AA+ Aa1 AA+ AA (high) 96
AA Aa2 AA AAA 92
N/A Caa1 B 26
BB- Ba2 BB 43
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
B B3 B 26
B+ B1 BB- BB (low) 35
SD
BB- Ba1 BB 45
BB- B1 35
AA+ Aa2 AA+ 95
BBB Baa3 BBB 56
A A3 A 73
BBB- Baa2 BBB- BBB 56
BBB Baa2 BBB 58
B- Caa1 B- 25
A+ A2 A+ A (high) 76
N/A Aa2 92
AA- A1 A+ 80
BBB Baa3 BBB BBB (high) 62
Ba3 B+ 38
B B3 B+ 28
A+ A1 A A (high) 77
B+ B1 BB- 35
BBB- Baa3 BBB 56
B+ B2 B+ 35
AA Aa2 AA 90
NR B2 30
A A3 A- A (low) 71
B- Caa1 B- 23
B 35
AAA 100
A A3 A- A 71
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
Aa3 AA 85
BB- BB+ 42
A- A3 A- 66
B2 B+ 32
A- A2 A+ A (high) 73
Baa1 65
BBB+ A3 BBB BBB (high) 65
B3 25
B B3 B 26
B+ B1 35
BBB- 55
BBB- Ba1 BBB- 53
SD Caa3 RD 12
Ba1 BB+ 50
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
AA Aaa AA 93
B- B2 B- 26
B B2 B+ 31
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 99
BB Ba1 BB+ 48
B- B3 B- 26
BBB+ Baa1 BBB 61
B B2 30
BB Ba1 BB+ 46
BBB+ A3 BBB+ N/A 65
BBB+ Baa2 BBB 60
A- A2 A- A 71
BBB Baa3 BBB BBB 58
D 0
AA- Aa3 AA- 85
B- Caa2 CCC 20
BBB- Baa3 BBB- 55
BBB- Baa3 BBB 55
B+ B2 B+ 31
BBB- 55
A- A1 A+ 78
B+ Ba3 37
BB Ba3 BB 41
BB 40
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 98
A+ A2 A+ A (high) 78
AA- Baa1 A A 73
B3 25
BB Baa3 BB+ 50
AA Aa2 AA- 86
A- Baa1 A- A 68
B B2 B 31
B3 25
B B2 B- 28
B2
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 99
AAA Aaa AAA AAA 100
AA- Aa3 AA- 83
B- B3 25
B1
BBB+ Baa1 BBB+ 65
B
BBB Ba1 57
N/A B2 B+ 31
B+ B1 BB- BB (high) 38
B B2 B+ 33
B- Caa1 B- 21
AA Aa2 AA 90
AA Aa2 AA AAA 92
AA+ Aaa AAA AAA 98
BBB Baa2 BBB- BBB (low) 55
BB- B1 BB- 40
SD WR RD 11
BB Ba3 BB 43
B- Caa2 CCC 30


Ratings

TE S&P Moody's Fitch DBRS Description
100 AAA Aaa AAA AAA Prime
95 AA+ Aa1 AA+ AA (high) High grade
90 AA Aa2 AA AA
85 AA- Aa3 AA- AA (low)
80 A+ A1 A+ A (high) Upper medium grade
75 A A2 A A
70 A- A3 A- A (low)
65 BBB+ Baa1 BBB+ BBB (high) Lower medium grade
60 BBB Baa2 BBB BBB
55 BBB- Baa3 BBB- BBB (low)
50 BB+ Ba1 BB+ BB (high) Non-investment grade
speculative
45 BB Ba2 BB BB
40 BB- Ba3 BB- BB (low)
35 B+ B1 B+ B (high) Highly speculative
30 B B2 B B
25 B- B3 B- B (low)
20 CCC+ Caa1 CCC CCC (high) Substantial risks
15 CCC Caa2 CCC Extremely speculative
10 CCC- Caa3 CCC (low) In default with little
prospect for recovery
  CC Ca CC
5 C C C
0 D / DDD   In default
/ DD D
D
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