The cost of groceries has risen even further in the past month, according to Statistics New Zealand’s latest food price index figures, as the country continues to grapple with a cost of living crisis.
Grocery food prices rose 0.6% in April when compared to March and 0.8% after seasonal adjustment.
This was mainly due to increases in the price of cheddar cheese, milk, and eggs.
Other key items, meanwhile, have seen a price drop, with the cost of fruit and vegetables down 3.1% compared to March, largely due to falls in the price of broccoli, lettuce, and kiwifruit.
Prices for meat, poultry and fish is down 0.4%, while the cost of non-alcoholic drinks has fallen by 0.8%.
Overall, monthly food prices have risen by 0.1% from March to April though compared to April 2021, there has been a 6.4% price increase.
Restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food had the largest monthly increase in over a decade, up 1.4 percent.
Statistics New Zealand says this is mainly due to higher prices for dine-in lunches, hamburgers, and coffee.
"We often see price rises in restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food following an increase in the minimum wage," consumer prices manager Katrina Dewbery says.
"Even so, the last time restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food had a monthly rise of this scale was following the increase in GST to 15% in October 2010, when there was a 1.9% increase."
The minimum wage increased from $20.00 to $21.20 an hour on April 1.
Overall, restaurant meals and ready-to-eat food is up 5.3% from April 2021 compared with April 2022.
The moves come amid a cost of living crisis, with inflation at 6.9% - its highest rate in over three decades.
Consumer NZ earlier this week launched a petition in a bid to combat high grocery prices. A recent Commerce Commission study found competition in the supermarket sector wasn't working well for consumers.