Economist and academic awarded NZOM

Bob Buckle
Bob Buckle
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 APEC 

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 each year.

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

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