One of New Zealands's leading economists has been
appointed an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit
for services to business and education.
Bob Buckle was principal adviser to the Treasury from 2000
until 2008, the same year he became Pro Vice-Chancellor and
Dean of Commerce at Victoria University's Business School.
He is a life member and former president of the New Zealand
Association of Economists and been a visiting economist to
numerous overseas universities.
His is also a former chair of the Economic Committee of
He set up and funded a prize to help young people into
university, which is awarded to one student from Whangarei
Boys High School and another from Whangarei Girls High School
Buckle attended Whangarei Boys in the early 1960s. He also
established a scholarship to fund international mental health
experts to come to New Zealand following the sudden death of
his son in 2003.
Buckle was the chair of the Tax Working Group, which reviewed
the country's tax system and contributed to reform. He has
authored more than 100 publications and released research on
macroeconomics, business cycles and fiscal policy.
- By Hamish Fletcher of the NZ Herald