ASB Regional Economic Scoreboard - June 2019 Quarter

  • Gisborne has leapfrogged the sunny Hawke’s Bay to take out top spot this quarter.
  • Wellington takes out the silver medal, climbing two spots to second.
  • Northland reverses its fortunes, climbing 10 spots to claim the bronze medal.
  • The Bay of Plenty and Manawatu-Whanganui dipped seven places each to 15th and 9th place respectively.
  • The West Coast remains stubbornly at the bottom of the scoreboard.

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Nathan Penny

Senior Rural Economist

Nathan's bold predictions and his ability to call it as he sees it sets him apart from other New Zealand rural economists.  In particular, his controversial, but ultimately successful $6.00/kg MS 2016/17 milk price forecast is case in point.

He has a natural talent to distil complex issues and translate them into user-friendly formats for diverse groups, including farmers and financial markets participants.  Nathan brings unique perspectives and thought leadership to the country's rural and broader export sectors.  

Nathan joined ASB as the Rural Economist in 2013, having cut his teeth at the New Zealand Treasury.  He hails from the Kapiti Coast and studied at Massey University where he graduated with a Master of Applied Economics.

Nathan's expertise lie in dairy and other commodity markets, trade economics and economic forecasting.  He's a leading GlobalDairyTrade auction and NZX dairy derivatives commentator and he also authors ASB's monthly rural publication, Farmshed Economics.  

He's a proud Hurricanes and Wellington Phoenix fan, and will gladly discuss at length the Hurricanes Super Rugby 2016 victory.

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