Mr Geoff Bascand
21 May 2010 15:38:31
Geoff graduated from Otago University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in Geography, and later completed a Master of Economics from the Australian National University. He commenced his career with the Treasury in 1981, and worked in a number of economic analyst and managerial roles including as Director of Macroeconomic and Tax Forecasting for four years in the early 1990s. Geoff worked for the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC for two years leading up to and during the Asian crisis, and on returning to New Zealand was General Manager of the Labour Market Policy Group in the Department of Labour for six years, overseeing ACC reforms, and labour market, employment and skills policy advice and research. In 2004, Geoff joined Statistics New Zealand as Deputy Government Statistician, and in May 2007 was appointed Government Statistician and Chief Executive for Statistics New Zealand.
Statistics New Zealand leads the official statistics system and is the leading producer of official statistics. It has legal independence in the methods, timing and publication of statistics. Statistics New Zealand has about 1,000 staff and, on average, issues a statistical release every working day of the year.