Chief Forecaster

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Gareth heads up the forecasting team at Infometrics, managing the preparation of the company’s regular forecast publications. Within the forecast process, he is responsible for the macroeconomic overview and building and property forecasts. Gareth has also completed a range of consulting projects, many focused on the housing market and construction industry, and he regularly provides presentations that providing relevant economic information in an accessible, clear, and entertaining manner.

Gareth’s management experience at Infometrics has given him a good understanding of how economic issues affect business decision making and development. Gareth joined Infometrics in early 1999, having graduated from the University of Canterbury the previous year with a MCom (Hons) in economics and a BSc in economics and statistics. He became managing director of Infometrics in 2006, and moved into the operations director role in 2014.

Within the last 18 months, Gareth has prepared a comprehensive report for a client looking at a wide range of characteristics of the property market and how they might evolve over the next decade.  He has also examined demand conditions for a residential development looking to be progressed in the upper North Island and completed a report on the provision of affordable housing in Queenstown.  He prepared Infometrics’ publicly available Regional Hotspots 2016 report, which highlights some of the key growth regions for New Zealand over the next decade, discussing the opportunities arising in these growth areas as well as potential challenges posed by growth. He is also the author of Infometrics’ latest Megatrends Report (2018) available for download from our products page.

Gareth is a born-and-bred Wellingtonian and has four children. Gareth is a long-suffering supporter of the New Zealand cricket team, and enjoys going tramping and getting off the beaten track every now and then.