Common party foods fell in price over April, while prices for vegetables rose, Statistics New Zealand reports.
Overall, food prices fell 0.8 percent last month.
Statistics New Zealand consumer prices manager Matthew Haigh says the cost of throwing a party fell, with lower prices for groceries such as potato chips, chocolate biscuits, and crackers.
“Other party favourites, such as soft drinks, grapes, and carrots also fell in price.”
Conversely, fruit and vegetable prices rose 4.2 percent, with vegetable prices up 10 per cent (up 9.1 per cent after seasonal adjustment) but with fruit prices down three per cent.
In the year April 2017, restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food prices rose 1.9 per cent, while vegetable prices increased 8.1 per cent over the year, influenced by higher prices for lettuce, broccoli, and kumara.
In the last month alone, the average price per kilogram for broccoli has gone from $4.93 to $9.41 across the country.
Meat, poultry, and fish decreased 1.5 per cent, mainly due to lower prices for pork and chicken. Chicken prices decreased 4.2 per cent for the year, and have been falling annually since June 2015.
Much of the recent price increases for vegetables can be attributed to the destructive effect of the recent storms that battered the country last month, ruining crops and causing supply to fall.