Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

North and South Koreas: a recent experience from the saddle of a motorcycle

Guest Speaker: Dr Gareth Morgan
Businessman, Economist, Investment Manager, Motor Cycle Adventurer, Public Commentator and Philanthropist.

Event Date: Thursday 7th November 2013
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Bell Gully
Level 21, HP Tower, 171 Featherston Street, Wellington, 6011.

Please note no building access after 6pm.

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Dr Gareth Morgan

Dr Gareth Morgan

Gareth is father of Sam Morgan (founder of TradeMe) and was an early TradeMe investor and director. When TradeMe sold to Fairfax Media, Gareth and his wife Joanne received NZ$50 million, which they donated to their charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation.

Gareth and Jo are UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors. Gareth worked for the Reserve Bank of New Zealand in the early 1980s before founding Infometrics Limited, a private economic forecasting and consulting business, in 1983.

The company has developed into one of New Zealand’s leading independent economics businesses. In 2000, Gareth established Gareth Morgan Investments Limited, a personal portfolio investment business, which has grown to be one of the biggest businesses of its type in New Zealand. When the Government initiated KiwiSaver in 2007, Gareth set-up Gareth Morgan KiwiSaver Limited to provide New Zealanders with a savings product he would be happy to invest in.

The Gareth Morgan KiwiSaver Scheme has grown to be one of the largest KiwiSaver schemes in New Zealand. As well as being a significant investor at Gareth Morgan Investments, Gareth is also an active member of the Investment Strategy Team.

Gareth is the author of a series of books that scrutinise the spending of public money on various public services, including health, tax and welfare, and sustainability issues like fishing and climate change.

In August this year Dr Morgan and his wife, Jo and motorcyclist colleagues rode from the Russian border at the top of North Korea to Cheju Island at the bottom of South Korea. This is the first time a full traverse of Korea proper has been achieved. Over the journey Dr Morgan and his colleagues managed to engage with citizens of the two countries and gained an appreciation of their lives and countries.

Bell Gully

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