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About the Economics Team

Sharon Zollner - Chief Economist

Sharon joined the Economics team in 2010 and became Chief Economist in late 2017. She started her career as a macroeconomist at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in 1998, and has also worked at the Central Bank of Norway. Sharon created the Truckometer in 2012. She has a particular interest in Big Data and machine learning and its potential applications in macroeconomics.

Susan Kilsby – Agriculture Economist

Susan became ANZ Bank’s Agriculture Economist in late 2018. She previously headed up NZX’s team of analysts providing leading intelligence on a range of agricultural sectors. She was involved in launching the dairy derivatives market, and developed a milk price calculator and a milk production predictor tool. Susan studied Agricultural Economics at Massey. She was raised on a dairy farm in Taranaki but now lives with her family on a sheep and beef farm in Martinborough.

Sandeep Parekh - Rates/FX Strategist

Sandeep recently joined ANZ as an NZ FX/Rates Strategist after spending 4 years with the Reserve Bank, where he had most recently been an adviser responsible for implementing monetary policy and managing liquidity in the New Zealand banking system. Sandeep has a diverse financial markets background and has significant experience in market trading. He has dealt a wide range of financial markets products, from fixed income to electricity.

Liz Kendall - Senior Economist

Liz joined the ANZ economics team in 2018, after spending the early part of her career in forecasting and modelling at the Reserve Bank in both New Zealand and Australia. Liz’s day-to-day activities include monitoring economic developments, maintaining and producing economic forecasts, and assisting in the publication of key outputs, including Morning Focus; Market Focus; Property Focus; and Quarterly Economic Forecasts. Liz holds degrees in economics and mathematics.

Miles Workman - Senior Economist

Miles joined ANZ in 2018 from the New Zealand Treasury, where he spent the previous four years working on fiscal strategy advice, macroeconomic policy, and the Treasury’s economic and tax forecasts. Miles’s day-to-day activities include monitoring economic developments, contributing to the economic forecasts and writing key publications, such as the Morning Focus, Market Focus and Quarterly Economic Forecasts.

Kyle Uerata - Regional Economist / Statistician

Kyle started with the ANZ in 2015. Kyle was previously employed at Statistics New Zealand. He oversees the team's statistical information, an array of regional information, the Business Outlook survey and other proprietary indicators. Kyle is the 'go to' person for economic statistics.

Natalie Denne - Desktop Publisher / PA

Natalie joined the ANZ economics team in 2011, after 16 years working as a desktop publisher for Westpac. Main duties are preparation, formatting and distributing all the economic reports, maintaining the customer database for the economic releases, and be point of call for Chief Economist’s diary.