Economic Weekly: Seventh heaven

  • As a person from a region noted as having one eye, it would be remiss of me to overlook the outcome of Saturday night’s rugby game: the Crusaders’ seven consecutive championship wins are a phenomenal feat
  • However, in some shock news, when we released our Regional Scoreboard for Q1 last week, somehow Canterbury was dislodged from the top spot it had sat in for the previous seven quarters...by Taranaki (coincidentally in the Chiefs catchment)
  • The Scoreboard outcomes were pretty tight at the top, and could be likened to a certain 1995 high-altitude rugby game that won’t be mentioned.  Perhaps the right thing to do would have been let the Super Rugby final determine the outcome

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Mark Smith

Senior Economist

Mark joined ASB in 2017, with over 20 years of public and private sector experience working as an economist in New Zealand and the UK.

His resume includes lengthy stints at ANZ and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and he has also worked at the Bank of England, HM Treasury and the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mark's areas of specialisation include interest rate strategy, macro-economic analysis and urban economics.

Born and bred in the Waikato, Mark studied at Waikato University where he graduated with a Master of Social Sciences, majoring in Economics.

Mark's key strengths are the ability to use his extensive experience, inquisitive nature, analytical ability, creativity and pragmatism to dig a little deeper and to deliver common sense solutions to tackle complex problems.

When not at work Mark likes to travel, keep fit and spend time with his friends and family.