As CEO of Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Ltd, I recruited Ben McMillen to be the Chief Operating Officer from 1993 until 1996. He came to NZ from a senior executive position in what was then Bell Atlantic. He made an outstanding contribution to the transformation of Telecom into a strongly growing vibrant organisation which was to become the largest listed company in New Zealand. Ben passed away on 12 April 2016 in the United States. These brief notes pay a tribute to him.Full paper (PDF format 58KB)
I had the privilege of speaking about my brother-in-law, Barry Gibson, at his splendid 70th birthday gathering at Airlie Beach in Queensland on 30 April 2016. His qualities of wit, storytelling, roguish charm, deep friendships, abiding love of family, an always positive attitude to life, and great generosity and kindness to others, are such as to warrant placing on record. This brief speech does that. Friends and family came to Airlie Beach from Japan, England, New Zealand and all over Australia.Full paper (PDF format 32KB)
An extract from Sir Roderick Dean’s closing speech’ on Monday, 18 August. “Grasp your opportunities. Add to the world. Do not be afraid to attempt things outside your comfort zone. Enjoy being part of a team. Care for your friends and treat them as precious. Set high standards. Value highly your integrity. Be true to yourselves”.Full paper (PDF format 49KB) Photo (JPG format 53KB)
The world of high finance was far from Sir Roderick Deane's mind when he was a young boy struggling with maths at New Plymouth Boys' High School. The former Reserve Bank of New Zealand deputy governor told the Taranaki Daily News he was "well behind academically" and his teachers had to step in to "pull him up by the bootstraps". However, Deane overcame that slow start to become deputy governor of the bank from 1982 to 1986. He is presently the chairman of the IHC Foundation, one of many positions he holds. Yesterday, he was awarded the school's highest honour, the Alumni Merita Award, given in recognition of its old boys' achievements.Full paper (PDF format 67KB) Photo (JPG format 53KB)
This interview spans the origins of Sir Roderick’s early interest in economics, his career as an economist, the influence of other international economists on his thinking and his research, the role of economic modeling, the balance between macro and micro economics, economic policy challenges, the usefulness of economics in his subsequent commercial career, the unintended consequences of government regulation, and Sir Roderick’s interests other than economics, such as in the arts and music, technology, education and support for persons with disabilities.Full paper (PDF format 73KB)
When Sir Roderick Deane was made a knight in the Queen's Birthday honours he said he felt most proud of the work he has done in the disability sector.
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Sir Roderick Deane FACA has been knighted for services to business and the community.
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Roderick Deane, economist, company director and patron of the arts, says the honour of being made a knight belongs largely to the people he has worked with in his many roles.
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Fletcher Building chairman Roderick Deane stands down at the end of this month. He talks to Catherine Harris about the company's success, and reflects on his other accomplishments in public and private sector business.
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Associate Minister of Education Heather Roy was today pleased to announce that the Ministry of Education has received more than 1,500 submissions on the Government's Review of Special Education to date, with further submissions still arriving.
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Former Telecom chief executive Roderick Deane will be leading a "value for money" inquiry into New Zealand's Defence Force, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp announced today.
"Dr Deane's wide-ranging experience in the public and private sectors makes him an excellent candidate to lead this exercise," Dr Mapp said.
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The Government's review aimed at providing better value for future Defence spending will be led by former Telecom Chief Executive Dr Roderick Deane, Defence Minister Wayne Mapp announced today.
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A building analogy works well for Roderick Deane. Over the past 25 years, he has been responsible for building giant companies up and tearing them down.
One of the architects of the state-owned enterprises, he is the man who broke up ECNZ, slashed the public service in the late 1980s, steered Telecom after privatisation, merged the ANZ and National Banks and, of course, oversaw the dismantling of Fletcher Challenge.
He also has a unique place in our economic history. As a deputy governor of the Reserve Bank, he and then-governor Spencer Russell were the men who temporarily stopped the currency international trading during a constitutional crisis in 1984.
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New Zealand has a marked lack of world-class companies, says former Telecom chairman Roderick Deane.
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Dr Roderick Deane has a track record in business that few can rival; he was a pivotal figure at the Reserve Bank during the Lange government, headed the State Services Commission over-seeing one of the most intense periods of public-sector reform and ran the country's biggest company, Telecom.
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City Gallery Wellington to reopen with dedicated Māori & Pacific Gallery
One of three new architecturally-designed galleries thanks to support of Wellington arts families
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Gillian and Roderick created the Deane Endowment Trust in memory of their daughter Kristen, to assist and benefit the community and individuals in the fields of the arts and culture, scientific research, education, the environment, disability, and the work of charitable voluntary organisations. The Trust focus on the arts and culture is by way of sponsorship of a number of exhibitions and publications by a range of art galleries and museums; by the use of scholarships and grants, especially for educational purposes for young singers, musicians, dancers and artists exhibiting outstanding potential; and through donations to a number of classical music and opera organisations particularly those centred in Wellington.
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Gillian and Roderick Deane's support offered to many New Zealand artists is acknowledged with the Arts Foundation of 2008.
My Mother Margaret was orphaned at 18 months. She met my father Reg when she was 16 and they became wonderfully inseparable. For my sister Jill and me, the close-knit family became our rock. We benefitted hugely from our parents’ great depth of affection, their kindness and caring, and their perpetual guidance (as was the way for our generation). They gave us much love but also a strength and a framework which was to be the underpinning for the rest of our lives. My Mother was multi-talented and loved people. Here is my tribute to her at the time of her funeral in October 2008 in Masterton.
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I went to China recently to visit some industrial plants, meet the staff and learn from them. As Fonterra's present predicament indicates, business in China is not always straightforward.
China has much to learn about the importance of rigorous quality control systems and provides plenty of cautionary lessons for those considering investing there.
However, China is an economic phenomenon that is still on the rise and it has many other startling, positive lessons, especially for New Zealand.
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The career of Dr. Roderick Deane is in many ways a peculiarly Wellington story - a provincial boy who came to the city and made good in both public and private business arenas. Yet behind that glib summary is an impressive story of achievement which is probably unique in the business annals of New Zealand.
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Former Telecom chairman and chief executive officer Dr Roderick Deane has welcomed the announcement by the Commerce Commission that it has established a Cost of Capital Expert Panel. However, Deane warns against the danger of the panel disregarding industry views on the issue.
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Exit, stage left. Take a good look at the picture and you will notice the man is smiling, the word on the door says "free". Did it feel like that last Wednesday when Dr Roderick Deane called time on his stewardship of Telecom, where he'd been CEO or chairman since since 1992?
"Liberated and relieved," he said. The announcement that June 30 will mark his last day there, and at ANZ National Bank and Te Papa, which he also chaired, coincides with the release of his authorised biography, Roderick Deane: His Life and Times, by historians Michael and Judith Bassett...
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When the Telecommunications Review asked outgoing Telecom Chairman Dr Roderick Deane to share his views on the pressing issues facing the leading industry player he obliged. Here are his answers to probing questions from Telecommunications Review journalist David Dickens.
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Learnings & legacies from Kevin Roberts, Roderick Deane, Ralph Norris, Jo Brosnahan, Gil Simpson, Joan Withers & others.
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Roderick Deane knows why he was dubbed "Dr Death", but he still reckons the label is wide of the mark.
Not that the chairman of Telecom, Fletcher Building and the ANZ National Bank minds.
"It's just life if that's the way people think about me. But it's odd really, if you asked me what was the biggest devotion of my life going back some years, it was the IHC when I was vice-president and then president. We managed to move most people out of psychopaedic wards into the community and we bought 600 or 700 houses...
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Roderick has made a considerable contribution to New Zealand over the past 30 or so years: as an economist and policymaker; as a corporate leader; and as a citizen supporting the arts and the disadvantaged.
Following his early days at Opunake and New Plymouth Boys High, Roderick studied Accounting and Economics at Victoria University. Much of his study was undertaken part time while he worked, first at the Union Steamship Co, and then at the Reserve bank of New Zealand...
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Roderick Deane has seen much of his good work undone by rising Government interference. Frustrated, but certainly not bitter, he's moved his focus to areas where he can still make a difference. ZILLA EFRAT reports.
For many people, New Year's resolutions are made with the best intentions and then slowly forgotten as the year progresses. But this was certainly not the case for Roderick Deane, well at least not this year. As 2005 drew to a close, he decided it was time to quit any commitments he felt negative about so that he could concentrate on the more exciting and stimulating aspects of his life. And he did, resigning in June from two of New Zealand's most coveted corporate roles - that of chairman of Telecom Corporation of NZ and as a director of the ANZ National Bank...
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Not many people achieve mastery in both business and economics - they are very different vocations requiring different sets of skills. Some understanding of economics helps in running a business, but it is not a core skill set. Similarly, what people learn from running a business doesn't help a great deal in formulating economic policy. A rare example of a person highly qualified in both fields is Roderick Deane, who was recently named Chairperson of the Year...
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"I'm not in the power game," Deane says. It's working with stimulating people on stimulating challenges that motivates him.
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Roderick Deane, Telecom Chairman, pays tribute to his Father, Reginald (Reg) Roderick Deane general manager of the Wairarapa Electric Power Board and president of the Electrical Supply Authorities.
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Roderick Deane maintains politicians' interventionist path is leading the nation 'back to the future', writes Fran O'Sullivan.
The chairman of three of New Zealand's major companies is a man of piercing intellect.
Right now Roderick Deane is turning his attention to the plethora of Government regulation, interventions and policies which he says are putting New Zealand back to where it was before the 1980s economic deregulation era...
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My Father Reg went to war as one of a group of eight in the RNZAF. He was the only one to return home. So my Mother Margaret and my sister Jill and I were extremely fortunate. He was a fine father and a real community person; he was modest and kind; intelligent and sharing of his knowledge; a leader in his industry and communities; and a person who added so much to the lives of others, including particularly to his family. He was an outstanding administrator and a real leader. The huge debt I owe him could never be described adequately. He and my Mother were seriously in love from the day they met and it was a love which never wavered. Here is my tribute at his funeral. He passed away in January 2004 in Masterton.
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Dr Roderick Deane's rise to the top of New Zealand's hierarchy of corporate performance has, in many respects, been as unorthodox as it has been successful. The story of his career is hardly the stuff of classic management texts but the challenges and triumphs along the way make compelling reading and provide ample proof of his extraordinary leadership skills and abilities as a chairman of the board...
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I met Joyce, Chas’s wife, in 1961 when Gillian’s family met me at the Railway Station on my first visit to them in Gisborne. I immediately fell in love with her and we remained the very closest of friends throughout her life. She lived her life for her family, for her friends and for other people. Her generosity and kindness knew no bounds. She was a marvellous cook and a great caregiver to many. I never heard her say a cross word (even when we all often travelled together). This is my tribute to Joyce on the occasion of her funeral. She was one of the loveliest people I have ever known. Joyce left us on 16 June 2002 in Gisborne.
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Charles Ernest Gibson, husband of Joyce, father of Gillian, Barry, Jan and Ross, and proud grandparent, died on 20 August 2001. He was the most wonderful man, a loving and deeply caring husband, father and grandfather; a warm and empathetic friend to many; one of the world’s wits but never unkindly; always generous and great company; a farmer and a splendid gardener. As one of his sons-in-law I was asked to do an eulogy for him. Words do not do him justice as he was such a special person. But here is my tribute at Chas’s funeral in Gisborne.
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Dr Roderick Deane turned 60 on April 8 but this unremitting corporate leader shows no signs of slowing down. He talks to Deborah Coddington about dueling with Muldoon, steering Fletchers and the love of his life...
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This article by Mary Holm in the Listener backgrounds the rewards and the challenges a family faces with a daughter with Rett Syndrome.
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Rod Deane is adamant he is not the Government's "hatchet man". In the Deane lexicon the term hatchet man is a "quite inappropriate" way to describe the position he has been appointed to by the Prime Minister. The Public Service Association has attached the label to the new State Services Commission chairman but Deane says state sector unions don’t need to feel threatened by his appointment...
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Dr Rod Deane, the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank who has become head of the public service at the age of 44, is every inch the elegant central banker. But his quiet charm hides a sharp mind which will be widely felt when he moves down five floors from his sumptuous, book-lined room on the 12th floor of the Reserve Bank building in Wellington to the plainer office of the chairman of the Sate Services Commission...
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Tip the public service on end and see what comes rolling out. That, roughly speaking, is the brief for Dr Roderick Deane, just appointed to chair the state services commission (SSC). Rod Dean's ascension does not quite herald an imminent revolution in the public service - but it does, most agree, mark a significant turning point...
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