As imports from Australia continue to be banned due to a plant virus, the price of zucchini and cucumbers rose more than 30 per cent in July. According to Stats NZ data, prices for zucchini, also known as courgettes, rose 38 per cent to a weighted average price of $29.60 a kilogram, up from a previous record high of $21.42 a kg in June. Some reports showed zucchini prices reaching up to $38.99 per kilo.
“In July, courgettes cost almost as much as a kilo of either sirloin steak or fresh fish," Stats NZ consumer prices manager Nicola Growden said.
Cucumber prices rose almost 32 per cent in July to a record high of $18.63 a kg. A $6.54 increase from the same time last year. Growden said price hikes for fruits and vegetables were normal during winter but the ban on imports from Queensland caused a spike in zucchini prices.