Wheeler named public sector chief executive of the year

June 3rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Hamish Rutherford at Stuff reports:

A former top international banker, who stared down the Beehive with lending restrictions and official cash rates rises months from the election, is this year’s public sector chief executive of the year.

, who became Reserve Bank governor in late 2012, was today named as the top public sector boss in political newsletter Trans Tasman’s fifth Annual Briefing Report.

Since replacing Alan Bollard, Wheeler has introduced controversial loan to value ratio limits on mortgages in an attempt to cool the housing market and raised the OCR  twice this year.

Both moves were politically unpopular, but Trans Tasman said the ‘‘fresh ideas’’ made him chief executive of the year and the Reserve Bank’s best governor since Don Brash – a dig at Bollard, whose decade in charge was bookended by Brash and Wheeler.

‘‘He’s made some gutsy calls and stood up to the political pressure not to interfere in the iconic quarter acre dream,’’ the report said of Wheeler.

‘‘A courageous governor – and we will find out over the next year or so whether he made the right calls.’’

The awards were chosen by a 16-strong independent board of advisers.

Inland Revenue was named department of the year because of a ‘‘clear improvement in customer engagement’’ over the past 12 months.

‘‘One of the only departments leading the charge online for better customer and business interactions,’’ Trans Tasman said.

‘‘It is no longer just a compliance agency. It is also being seen by the public as a crusader which goes after people who try to avoid their tax obligations.’’

As with previous years, I’m one of the 16 advisors. The release from Trans-Tasman is here.

As an employer, I have to say dealing with the is so much easier than years ago. No more waiting on hold – just send secure mail. Can check my account balances instantly, and lots of useful calculators.

The Reserve Bank Governor should be fiercely independent. It is a tribute to Wheeler that he listened politely to the Government wanting to exempt first home buyers from the LVRs, but then decided it wouldn’t work with that exemption and proceeded. It is unfortunate that Labour has vowed to over-turn that independent decision should they win Government.

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13 Responses to “Wheeler named public sector chief executive of the year”

  1. JMS (330 comments) says:

    I have to say dealing with the IRD is so much easier than years ago. No more waiting on hold – just send secure mail.

    True, but their website is still a dog’s breakfast.

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  2. spanish_tudor (81 comments) says:

    From the TT release:

    And the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, traditional whipping boy of the Independent Board of
    Advisers, doesn’t escape this year either “Couldn’t think of anything this Ministry has actually
    done so went to check the website. In 5 months it has issued only 4 press statements (Minister attends
    UN, Ministry celebrates photo exhibition of women in construction, more women in workforce
    since 1986 and a call for more CVs – note: not a call for more women on boards – just more CVs for
    their database) These are not the statements of a proactive Department. Could raise profile.”

    Can someone just put MWA out of their misery?

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  3. kowtow (8,487 comments) says:

    Not mikenmild?he will be disappointed. Oh well more time for our own public servant to post here then.

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  4. Don the Kiwi (1,758 comments) says:

    What I don’t understand is why there has to be an OCR – what is its purpose, and where does the money go? I must have a blind spot here . It has a vicious impact on people on a fixed low income – like pensioners – who still have a mortgage.
    No-one has ever been able to explain it to me clearly – even my son, who was in the bank for many years.

    I know that there needs to be the Reserve Bank to control money flow, overseas exchanges etc., but why can’t those with money to lend or invest simply do it on the open market?

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  5. Chuck Bird (4,890 comments) says:

    I do not understand why the LVR cannot just be applied to places like Auckland and not the whole country. Does anyone know?

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  6. tvb (4,425 comments) says:

    I have no idea why LVR rules cannot be limited to Auckland. Most of the heat is Auckland central which is not first hone stuff. The RB could go further and make lending in Auckland to require more bank capital set aside.

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  7. Phil (127 comments) says:

    …OCR – what is its purpose, and where does the money go?

    Start here:
    http://www.rbnz.govt.nz/monetary_policy/about_monetary_policy/0072140.html

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  8. somewhatthoughtful (465 comments) says:

    Trans-tasman? Call me when someone worth listening to does something.

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  9. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    True, but their website is still a dog’s breakfast.

    It’s a thousand times easier to navigate than the Australian Tax Office website.

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  10. wreck1080 (3,918 comments) says:

    no waiting on hold because they simply disconnect you.

    Their phone times are abysmal.

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  11. wikiriwhis business (4,016 comments) says:

    When the $6b missing taxes hidden in tax havens are found we can call the IRD crusaders.

    No wonder so many KiwiBloggers hate Nicky Hagers new book on tax havens.

    Let’s remember, the National govt accepts Chinese bribes which I doubt will go into the infrastructure of this country.

    The criminal tax losses certainly don’t. And how much of those tax havens belong to National Party members/MP’s
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  12. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    wiriwikaku: Left-wing scum showing their envy of the successful once again. Try doing a bit of work, turn a dollar, and maybe you will take life in a different perspective.

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  13. Viking2 (11,471 comments) says:

    So, here is an example of how dumb this policy really is.

    I have 60k and want to buy a house. go along to the bank and say what will you lend me.
    Well now we can do a second hand house for 300k by lending you $240k because you can mange the repayments just fine or we can lend you another $540k and you can buy a new house. You can still manage the repayments as you have a great income.

    See the problem. This was about reducing the banks risk exposure.
    BUT he bent over and did give into Govt. by allowing NEW houses to be exempt from this rule. So at 90% rather than 80% they can buy their 600K house because its not captured within the LVR.

    Checked this out with a senior banker and he agrees it can be done.
    There ya go.
    Blind adherence to ideology and they praise him for being duplicitous.

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