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It will fall back to about A92 cents
31% (73 votes)
It will likely end up about where it is now around A97 cents
19% (45 votes)
It will overtake the Australian dollar and head towards A$1.02 or even higher
19% (45 votes)
It will stop just short of parity at around A99 cents
16% (38 votes)
It will hit parity A$1.00
16% (38 votes)
Total voters: 239

Where do you think the NZ dollar could end up against the Aussie dollar by the end of the year?

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