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Renowned New Zealand Economist


Tony Alexander is a renowned Economics Analyst and Commentator in New Zealand.

Tony graduated from Canterbury University in 1984 with a Master of Arts (Economics) degree with first class honours and after briefly working in Sydney came back to New Zealand in 1987 to work in the financial sector. He worked for BNZ, one of New Zealand’s leading Banks, for 26 years (25 of which were as Chief Economist) until resigning in 2019 saying: “I've decided that, in a world of disruption, maybe it is time to disrupt myself, and have made the call to resign.”
He spends considerable time researching and writing about the New Zealand economy with special attention to SMEs, housing, business culture, and the role of Auckland in the NZ economy.

Experience and Accolades:
Tony has probably written more about the New Zealand economy than anyone else, having produced daily and weekly commentaries from 1987-1993, then weekly, monthly, quarterly, and many one-off pieces of analysis from 1993 through to 2019. At times he has been the most interviewed economist in New Zealand and was awarded the Residential Economist of the Year award in 2011.

Speaking: He is an accomplished public speaker much in demand and each year delivers between 50 and 100 presentations around New Zealand and offshore.
“What I concentrate on and where my true area of expertise lies, is translating the arcane world of economic developments and trends into a language understandable by most people in the business and home buying sectors.”

Tony started producing a new weekly commentary in October 2019, called ‘Tony’s View”. It is free and anyone can sign up. He also has a weekly column in OneRoof where he shares his insights into the property market.

We requested that Tony deliver an engaging, entertaining, stimulating and informative presentation which would provide a comprehensive "Economic Review/Update" covering Global and Local Economic Developments, Prospects, Risks and Opportunities, how these are driving and impacting upon the local economy and the implications for investors, borrowers, businesses and householders, both now and looking forward - and that is exactly what he did. As a result, our Members went away much more informed and better equipped to manage their businesses and clients going forward, having been entertained and stimulated in the process. BrokerWeb Conference

Tony was extremely professional and eloquent, feedback has been outstanding.


He had great energy and was very engaging.

Cook Strait Registered Master Builders

Tony was on point with his talk. He was relevant and entertaining.

Harcourts Gold

Tony was very engaging and captivated our team throughout the entire presentation, providing some valuable insight.

Accessman Group

Tony left an indelible mark as a speaker, exuding an abundance of energy and delivering a wealth of information that deeply resonated with our audience. His keen awareness of audience boundaries, combined with his upfront and genuine approach, showcased his professionalism as a speaker. Tony demonstrated a remarkable ability to create a significant impact, fulfilling our hopes and expectations. Whether a delegate, supplier, or sponsor, everyone in the room was captivated by his informative and insightful presentation. We are truly grateful for Tony's outstanding contribution as a speaker at the IIA NZ Conference 2023!

The Institute of Internal Auditors
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