New Zealand's productivity growth has averaged just one per cent in the past decade, despite treasury's models still assuming we're sitting on a 1.5 per cent growth.
And we could hit some economic problems as a result.
Productivity Commission economics and research director, Dr Patrick Nolan, says it's something economists worry about, but families should too.
He says lower productivity means slower wage growth - which will eventually hit superannuation too.
Nolan told Kate Hawkesby New Zealand's had poor productivity levels for decade - the current average a hit from the global financial crisis.