Tony Alexander

Chief Economist


Tony Alexander has been employed as Chief Economist at the Bank of New Zealand, since 1994 with responsibilities including informing senior management about economic developments and prospects, risks and opportunities, and provision of services for the bank’s staff and client base. Prior to joining the BNZ Tony worked as principal economist at a stock broking firm in Wellington and before that as a Research Officer, then Treasury Economist with Westpac Bank initially in Sydney, Australia, then New Zealand from 1987. He spends considerable time researching and writing about the New Zealand economy with special attention to SMEs, housing, and the role of Auckland in the NZ economy and speaks at numerous functions around the country advising businesses on what the future is likely to hold. He holds a Master of Arts degree (first class honours) from the University of Canterbury. He is the father of five children, his wife is one of New Zealand’s foremost early childcare researchers, and he lives in the countryside north of New Zealand’s capital city Wellington.