Is Gareth our new Dick?

Is Gareth Morgan the new Dick Hubbard? Here he is, a self-made successful businessman who hasn’t spared the sanctimony when lecturing others about their business practices, who is especially sensitive when he gets held to account by the same standards he sets for others.

Gareth engaged in unusual acts of corporate philanthropy like fattening penguins up for killer whales and funding funerals of the cirrhotic homeless. He would criticise others in his industry for bad performance (despite his funds having a dicky stock ticker), and then complain that neutral fundwatchers wouldn’t accurately report his funds performance, despite acceptance by the rest of the funds industry on the reporting of their funds. He would champion his own righteousness and advocate higher taxes for wealthy people like him (yet not want to voluntarily pay more now that he’s cashing up his capital)

By comparison, Dick Hubbard once flew his 100 staff members to Samoa for a picnic, and would criticise business for not following a “triple bottom line” accounting model that measured charity and sustainability – a model he stopped when he found it unprofitable – though this didn’t bring any contrition for criticising businesses for not being charitable enough in the past. He chaired a Food Safety Authority that loaded compliance costs on his competitors.

Dick Hubbard, having stuffed his suitcases with cash and memories, then packed his bags for the ultimate ego trip – a tilt at politics running for Auckland City Mayor. His goofy persona gelled well with the public in 2004, and he beat John Banks for the job (though we note he was unelected as soon as the voters possibly could)

We wonder then, is Gareth about to take a tilt for Wellington City Mayor, or a possible Wellington Supercity Mayor should Fran Wilde and others get their way in putting this on the government agenda?

Goofy well known personality, successful in business, prone to ego trips,  and most tellingly, charity when in the view of cameras and journos. We’d happily bet on Gareth seeking a political role in the future….

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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