Calling Sharon Zollner New Zealand's gloomiest economist is a bit unfair.

The ANZ chief economist is perfectly cheery in person.

But she and her team have led a chorus of concern this year.

They've been first to predict official cash rate cuts and downgrade their GDP growth forecasts.

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And they've been on the money, as growth here and around the world has slowed faster than expected.

"Of course I would rather be right about the economy going super well. It would be a much cheerier message," Zollner says.

"I don't think I'd be doing anyone any favours if I didn't

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