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Mr Earl Hagaman, CNZM

Multimillionaire businessman Earl Hagaman​, who recently sued Labour Party leader Andrew Little, has died, aged 92.

The hotel magnate passed away peacefully at his home in Christchurch on Thursday, surrounded by family and friends. His death effectively ends the possibility of further legal action against Little.

“There will never be another Earl. I loved him immensely,” his widow, Lani Hagaman, said.

Nothing like winning a case because the plaintiff died, is there Mr Little?

“He was a visionary and loved this country.”

He put all his energies into developing New Zealand’s tourism industry, as well as bringing much needed jobs and income into the regional economy where most other hotel companies did not want to take that risk.

I don’t think we need to turn Earl into a saint.  But it is fair to say that he put more into New Zealand than he ever took out of it.

And that’s exactly the sort of thing the Labour party can’t stand and needs to be seen to attack.

We had hoped that Little would get to see the wrong end of the Hagamans, so we could have used this image.


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