The ultimate responsibility in our work is to the Treasury’s rather special motto - to raise the living standards of all New Zealanders.
Before I started out at the Treasury I didn’t realise just how far the Central Agencies (including the Treasury) reach across the Public Sector, or how far the Public Sector reaches across people’s lives.
I think the team environment at the Treasury is a real privilege. I don’t feel like I’m seen as a graduate. I very much feel an equal and that I have a voice. And that’s not just the case within my own team; on a day-to-day basis I collaborate with different teams, each with really different focusses. For example, I have a lot of contact with the forecasting team, which has a different technical set of skills to my own. So even though I’m not forecasting myself, I have an understanding of what they do because I get exposure to it at the interface of our teams.
My day-to-day also involves meeting with other agencies, mediating different interests and perspectives, and trying to represent those views to Ministers. In those situations it’s not enough just to provide information, we need to provide actual advice they can act on.
I also help to produce the technical work that underpins that advice, including calculating fiscal indicators and writing economic updates. At the Treasury, you learn very quickly and there are heaps of opportunities for you to develop.
Elle represents The Macroeconomist Stream.