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Guest lecture

On the State of the NZ Economy: To Whither or Wither

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Dr Roderick Deane

PhD, BCom (Hons), FACA, FCIS, FNZIM, Honorary LLD

Roderick Deane has had an extensive career in business as Chairman and as a Director of a number of major New Zealand and Australian companies and earlier in the public sector and central banking. He has also had a considerable involvement with charitable and cultural organizations. He is currently Chairman of Fletcher Building Limited and the New Zealand Seed Fund. Dr Deane is a Director of the Australian company Woolworths Limited.

He is also Patron and on the Board of Governance of NZ’s largest voluntary welfare organization, IHC Inc., and, until recently was a Member of the Board of Trustees of MOTU (Economic and Public Policy Research).

Until 30 June 2006, when he retired from each of these positions, Dr Deane was Chairman of Telecom Corporation of NZ Limited, ANZ National Bank Limited, Te Papa Tongarewa (the Museum of New Zealand), and the City Gallery Wellington Foundation. He was also a Director of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited. Dr Deane has also been Professor of Economics and Management at Victoria University of Wellington, a Director of TransAlta Corporation Limited in Canada, Chairman of the Mayoral Business Advisory Group in Wellington, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Enterprise Council.


There has been a halving of productivity growth in NZ since 2000 compared with the 1990's and a huge increase in the regulatory burden on the private sector. This presentation will reflect on whether these trends may be inter-related and how the business world views these matters, as seen through the eyes of a former senior public official and leading businessman.

Last updated: 
Thursday, 22 November 2007