Dominick Stephens is responsible for ensuring that the Treasury’s policy advice on lifting New Zealand living standards is supported and strengthened by sound economic theory and evidence.
Prior to coming to the Treasury in 2021, Dominick was Chief Economist at Westpac New Zealand for a decade, leading its team providing forecasts and research on the New Zealand economy. He is a respected analyst, adviser and commentator on a range of economic and market issues, from housing policy to monetary policy and climate change. His responsibilities included membership of Westpac’s Sustainability Steering Committee. He was formerly an Economist in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s forecasting team and modelling unit.
Dominick is from Christchurch and graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Economics. Dominick is a keen tramper and ice hockey player, and is fluent in Spanish, Finnish and Portuguese.