Dr Gareth Morgan is an economist, public policy analyst, portfolio investor and motorcycle adventurer. He has instigated three successful businesses —economics consultancy, Infometrics Ltd; personal portfolio management business, Gareth Morgan Investments; and the Gareth Morgan KiwiSaver Scheme. He is also an active philanthropist, a UNICEF Ambassador, and Patron of the New Zealand Police (Wing 256).
Gareth is a well-known media columnist and commentator and sought-after conference speaker. He has instigated a series of books on issues of public interest – Poles Apart, an appraisal of the science of climate change, Health Cheque, a review of New Zealand’s public health system, The Big Kahuna, an investigation into tax and welfare and the contribution unpaid work makes to NZ society, and Hook line and Blinkers, an assessment of the world fish stocks and NZ’s fisheries management.
He has co-authored with his wife Joanne, 5 books on their offshore motorcycle trips, and has written three books on personal investment, Pension Panic, KiwiSafer and After the Panic.
His latest project Our Far South aims to raise New Zealanders’ awareness of the importance of the area between Stewart Island and the South Pole – the race for resources, the sensitivity of Antarctica to climate change and the threat to biodiversity or our subantarctic islands from overfishing, marine pollution and climate change,
Gareth’s past directorships include a national legal firm, publicly listed companies, advisory boards of government departments, and New Zealand’s largest web site auction house TradeMe Ltd.
Gareth graduated from Victoria University with a PhD in economics 1982.