Government Statistician and Statistics New Zealand chief executive Geoff Bascand has resigned to take up a position at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand.
Mr Bascand will finish at Statistics NZ on 24 May and will be the Reserve Bank’s new Deputy Governor and Head of Operations.
“It has been a privilege to be the Government Statistician for the past six years, and the three years before that when I was a deputy government statistician,” Mr Bascand said.
“Statistics NZ is a fantastic organisation with people working every day to ensure New Zealand has the information it needs to grow and prosper. That’s something we’ve been getting better at all the time and I have no doubt the organisation will continue that work through its significant transformation programme – Statistics 2020 Te Kāpehu Whetū.
“I’m particularly proud of the staff at Statistics NZ. They make the organisation great and I trust them to take it forward. Our programme to challenge them to be leaders no matter what their jobs are is having a major impact on both the quality and type of statistics we produce.
“Having statistical information that is relevant, accessible and trustworthy is critically important to New Zealand both domestically and internationally. During my time at Statistics NZ, we’ve worked hard to make sure that we produce that vital information and to update our systems and skills to keep its quality up with the best in the world. And we have made it much easier for people to obtain the information and use it.”
Prior to joining Statistics NZ, Mr Bascand held senior positions at the Department of Labour and the New Zealand Treasury, as well working as a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC.
The State Services Commission will be advertising for a new Government Statistician.
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Published 12 February 2013