Sam Morgan

The Most Boring Millionaire in New Zealand

Surely this is now a tie between Sam and Gareth Morgan.

Rod Drury has made more money for Sam Morgan than Sam made for himself.  We know because Sam told us so.

Sam, who still drives a Volkswagen Golf, has about 20 projects on the go in the developing world, mostly focused on alleviating poverty.

His father shares his taste for simple cars, driving a Toyota Yaris.


If you are going to be rich and drive a boring car then really the money is wasted on you. I view fast expensive cars as a positive externality and it is every stinking rich person’s duty to own and drive around as many as possible so we can see them on the streets.

“Most of life I think doesn’t really change, but anything to do with money . . . you sort of need to recognise that you don’t have the same level of problems as ordinary people do with mortgages and affording a holiday once a year or whatever, those become non-problems.

“But everything else is pretty much the same, you know. The dishwasher still doesn’t empty itself.”          Read more »

Trotter on the left’s problems

Chris Trotter is a thinker, he is a great sounding board for what is happening on the left.

His post on The Daily Blog is a must read, but to save you the hassle of going to that site here are the best parts.

Labour will take comfort from the fact that its vote has remained steady at 34 percent. It shouldn’t. Unless 100,000 Green voters have undergone a Road to Damascus conversion to John Key’s easy-going conservatism and are now declaring themselves National Party supporters, the poll result is simply reflecting the extreme volatility on the left of New Zealand politics.

The most likely sources of National’s 6 percentage point surge to 51 percent are Labour and (to a lesser extent) NZ First. Buoyed by optimistic economic forecasts and dismayed by the Opposition’s presentational gaffes, the voters who had drifted back to Labour over the past few months now appear to be rushing back to National.

Labour are putting about that the One News poll was a rogue because voters moved from Green to National. Only the most stupid of commentators would buy that spin and Trotter certainly doesn’t.

Most political analysts are attributing the sharp decline in Green Party support (from 13 percent to 8 percent) to Russel Norman’s secret meetings with Kim Dotcom. Norman’s purpose in approaching the German IT entrepreneur was to dissuade him from setting up a political party whose demographic appeal is certain to overlap that of the Greens. As if this wasn’t bad enough, Norman then managed to convey the impression that the quid pro quo for Dotcom’s standing-down the Internet Party would be a Green Party promise to prevent his extradition to the United States.

If the pundits are correct, then the Greens’ relationship with Dotcom has undone years of careful branding on the part of the Green Party leadership.

A critical factor in the Greens appeal – especially to left-of-centre voters – is the impression, conveyed by successive Green leaders, that their party is “above” or “in front” of politics-as-usual. The Greens’ proud claim has always been that they want no part of the backstairs, you-scratch-my-back- and-I’ll-scratch-yours transactional politics so characteristic of the National and Labour parties.   Read more »

Why corporate welfare must end

Corporate welfare is as evil as normal wlefare…it creates bludgers who get use to taking but it is worse for corporate welfare, because those bludging ratbags then inevitably sell the company offshore and the corporate welfare is all gone into the bulging pockets of the former owners.

Chris Keall explains about another corporate bludger who has sold out.

For staff of companies like Navman and The Hyperfactory it’s a familiar story. A hot NZ technology company is sold to offshore buyers, with its founder pledging jobs will stay in New Zealand – only for that promise to melt away as the new owners take control.

The latest casualty is NextWindow, a company whose revenue hit $60 million+ as it supplied touchscreen technology to PC makers like HP, Asus and Lenovo.

The recipient of a $6 million, no-strings government grant is gutting its local office, a source close to the situation tells NBR ONLINE.

Layoffs will see 11 staff left in NextWindow’s Auckland office, which at the time of its 2010 takeover by Canadian company Smart Technologies housed around seven times that number.

Powerbyproxi leases space in the same building. CEO Greg Cross tells NBR his company has already taken over space vacated by NextWindow.  Read more »

Sam Morgan continues piss take on his Dad





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Gareth Morgan never had this in mind

Mad Gareth Morgan wouldn’t have thought this might be a consequence of his cat killing ways:

Details of how a man killed a kitten then placed its remains on his former girlfriend’s bed caused an audible gasp in the Nelson District Court.

Abraham Zacharia McIvor’s angry rampage on the night of January 10 ended with him stomping on the head of the seven-week old kitten, beside which he placed a note warning his former girlfriend she was next, the court heard.

McIvor, a 25 year-old labourer, admitted yesterday wilfully ill-treating a kitten causing it to die, intimidating and assaulting his former partner and a charge of wilful damage. He was remanded in custody for sentencing on March 4.

Meeanwhile his son at least has a sense of humour:  Read more »

Trade Me sale reported

Fairfax must really be in the crapper if they have sold their cash cow.

Fairfax Media is reportedly selling its remaining stake in Trade Me for about A$650 million (NZ$810m).

If the sale were to proceed, it would considerably pay down the company’s debts.

The stake is reportedly being sold to a range of New Zealand and Australian institutions in a placement through UBS, according to market sources.

The quoted sale figure would exceed what Fairfax paid for Trade Me in its initial investment five years ago.

Fairfax bought the online auction company from founder Sam Morgan and his fellow private investors for NZ$700m in 2006 and previously recouped NZ$364m by selling a 34 per cent stake through Trade Me’s initial public offering in December 2011.

It may pay down their debt but it also removes a money spinner…leaving them with assets that are failing in any case…perhaps this is a death spiral.

Best and Silliest Tweet of The Day

Sam Morgan has a deluded view of the world at the best of times.  You know this when even Trevor Mallard has to point out the obvious to you.

First up Sam astutely tweets

But then his solution is daft.  So daft even Mallard can see it.

Problem with this is that Mallard wants a capital gains tax (as does the Morgan’s).  That will not make homes easier to purchase either.

Another example as to why Labour should not be allowed near the Treasury benches again and why Sam Morgan needs to be told to stay out of politics.


Wheedle and Whinging

I’m a little dubious about this new entrant in NZ online auctions -

Quite apart from having a bit of a failure in the naming stakes.

I wonder that TradeMe is too well entrenched with too big a community for an alternative online auctions site to prosper.

Yet, I see some very defensive comments from Sam Morgan, founder of TradeMe, that betray a bit more than just business commentary.

Being rich clearly does not give you skills transferable to areas outside your domain of competence:
Sam Morgan

Sam should know.  After all, there was the failure of Pacific Fibre, a company that Sam Morgan was instrumental in funding. Not only did the business fail rather embarrassingly, the subsequent tantrums blaming a government minister, that followed in the hope of corporate handouts could be best described as lacking in dignity.

It might also be applied to the middling to poor performance of Gareth Morgan Kiwisaver funds, of which Sam Morgan was a director until KiwiBank bought them out.

Corporate Welfare nets millionaires even more cash

Cactus Kate takes issue with corporate welfare funding massive capital gains to millionaires:

Good on Sonar6 for growing, having no reported profit and the shareholders flogging it to foreigners for US$14 million.

But two questions:

1. Dividends will now go to offshore owners. Where is the outcry as there is when a farm is sold?

2. Why does a company get $250,000 in taxpayer funds when it is backed by some of the richest people in NZ?

Well three questions

3. The taxpayer puts in $250k and less than nine months later the company is flogged off clearly with the intention of quick gains. Where is the slice of the capital gain pie for the taxpayer with its investment? Clearly not a long term growth strategy.

4. And maybe a fourth, Morgan + quick sale for capital gain. Tax? Of course not. Do as I say not as I do.

Calling bullshit on corporate welfare here again. I can understand why the political left get upset when we have faux entrepreneurs trotting their wares using government handouts.

Take your gains but man up and use your own money.


Whaleoil Redux 2011 – Q4 – October

October 2011 – 655 Posts

Darien Fenton followed up her SMOG with a denial that she called for a boycott.

Louisa Wall joined in Labour’s hate-fest on Sir Peter Leitch.

Twitter is a fantastic tool for politicians….to tell us all how much they are troughing it up at our expense.

I blog about how I feel sorry for Phil Goff. A man so inept he deserves only pity.

Labour continued to flout the law, and I continued to report them.

I learn a new rule from Andrew Sullivan. Do not meet your enemies:

I got to know long-time personal piñatas and found that they were — can you believe it? — human beings, often perfectly nice human beings with perfectly nice families. Even worse, the first words out of their mouths were sometimes, “I admire your work” — and once an author hears that, his estimation of the person voicing this pleasing judgment immediately rises. (She thinks I’m good, therefore she must be good.) At that moment your inventory of ready-made-always-available-in-a-pinch targets would be diminished by one, and since the list is never really that long, the loss of one would be serious. Of course, it might be the case that the person you have learned to dislike in print is even more dislikable in the flesh (oh happy day!), but you can’t count on that and so it is better, all things considered, not to take any chances.

I took some time out before the election to shoot rabbits:

Lesley Soper joined in the Labour SMOG-fest. Apparently Labour supported a policy for $15 Ho’s.

Phil Goff’s winning strategy for the election was….beating Sam Morgan of Trademe fame to 5000 followers on Twitter. John Key had 28,000 followers.

Comment of the day from Blair:

My favourite Kiwiblog posts are when he just copies and pastes something from Whaleoil and then puts some one sentence comment underneath it like he wants to be a real blogger.  Kiwiblog is the Lion Red of blogs – very popular, but bland and and poor quality.

Trevor Mallard, when given a choice between telling the truth or telling a lie always picks telling a lie.

Phil Goff suggests blacksmithing as the kind of jobs for the future of New Zealand. With the Greens gaining strength at the expense of Labour he may well be right.

I suggest a new slogan for Labour.

Labour bombed their website again, confusing Maryan Street with Clayton Cosgrove. A simple mistake I know, they are so similar in appearance, but proof yet again that Labour are unfit to govern.

Trevor Mallard tries to out nasty Darien Fenton on the nasty. Twitter is providing almost daily SMOG from Labour now.

Phil Goff is busted as a disaster tourist.

I compare Labour in 2011 and National in 2002. Pretty much the same result too.

I question the effectiveness of Peter Goodfellow with fundraising…it will be interesting to see the donation returns and expenses when they are filed.

On October 14 I publish details of a planned dirty tricks campaign but an as yet unknown group. I even publish the mock up of their attack and the fact they are seeking quotes. This story explodes into the media a few short weeks later.

I helpfully release Clare Curran’s and Labour’s ICT policy a day early. Clare wasn’t at all pleased.

Clare Curran continues to focus on the things that matter…her orgasm:

God I sound like Sally from that scene in When Harry met Sally #rwc2011
Clare Curran

Labour candidate Christine Rose blames John Key for Pike River, the Christchurch Earthquake and for the Rena running aground.

Andrew Little does his leadership aspirations a bit of harm in attacking an Auckland City Councillor.

I blog about Labour’s future women…unfortunately none of them got elected because Labour promoted their harpies, harridans and nasties above the lookers.

Carmel Sepuloni proves she is the princess of nasty. Phil Goff backs her up.

Trevor Mallard ups the ante on the nasty.

I repost my Rules of Politics.

I posted a video about Labour’s Hobbit

Phil Goff uses Twitter to continually connect with voters and tell them he cares about the things that matter…like his new red socks.

The Listener did an article about anti-depressants which I featured in.

We are still waiting for Mallard’s untold story about Rena? The man really is an inveterate liar.

There is an untold story on why @ was so slow getting #Rena action
Trevor Mallard

Phil Goff still keeps voter up with the play at his hobby farm via Twitter. He even tells us he has bought a new puppy but is unsure as to the breed.

Labour and their proxies ran a nasty, dirty smear campaign in Epsom. They tried to get the media to run a particularly nasty smear but none did. Eventually I suspect that the details about the smear will get an airing and then David Parker won’t be looking so smug.

Labour and Daljit Singh continue to have a nice cosy relationship. I wonder when Daljit Singh’s court case hits the courts again?

Labour released their first campaign video and it was parodied immediately:

If it wasn’t bad enough that Darien Fenton had attacked Sir Peter Leitch then David Cunliffe goes and attacks Sir Peter Jackson, cementing Labour as the nasty party and hobbit haters.