The RBNZ has hiked the OCR by 25bps and sees headline inflation above 5% in the near term with the projections showing the cash rate rising to 2% by end of 2022.
The statement also said that it would be appropriate to continue reducing stimulus.
Further removal of monetary stimulus is expected and that committee reached a consensus on the policy decision.
The committee also assessed risks to their price stability and maximum sustainable employment objectives as being broadly balanced over the medium term.
These are not the kind of projections the bulls were hoping for and hence the kiwi is lower. Bulls were looking for rate hikes in the region of clips of between 50 and 25bps towards a 3% target.
However, the RBNZ does see that annual Consumer Price Index at 3.3% by December 2022 (against a prior outlook of 2.2%.
However, in the technical preview, it was stated that the downside risks were as follows:
''The risk to the downside comes on a uber hawkish set of Fed minutes coupled with a dovish hike from the RBNZ. A dovish hike could consist of concern over covid contagion, geopolitical risks, the guidance of incremental 25bps hikes, contingent on various factors. All of the above would catch an already heavily long positioning in the kiwi market offside. 0.6950 is a line in the sand in this regard and a break will open risk to a restest of the 0.6880s and then 0.68 the figure.''
The bird is a touch lower on the 15 min chart, losing 0.15% on the day so far.
Markets now await the press conference for further clues.
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