Special Guests

Hon Bill English

Bill English is New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Infrastructure, and MP for Clutha/Southland. He was first elected to Parliament in 1990 and has previously held ministerial posts in education, health and revenue. He led the National Party from October 2001 to October 2003.
 

 

 

Andrew Gawith

Andrew has worked as a professional economist for more than thirty years. He is a director of Gareth Morgan Investments and Gareth Morgan KiwiSaver Limited.

 

 

 

 

Paul Goldsmith

Paul Goldsmith is a National Party List MP based in Epsom. A former Auckland City Councilor, he served as chairman of the Community Services Committee. He has also written widely about our country’s history, the development of its economy and its place in the world. Including his book We won, you lost. Eat that! A political history of tax in New Zealand since 1840.
 

 

 

Colin James

Colin James is a political journalist of nearly 40 years experience. He writes a weekly column in the Otago Daily Times and a monthly column in Management Magazine and is an occasional commentator in other media.
 
 

 

 

Chris Laidlaw

Chris Laidlaw currently hosts Sunday Mornings on National Radio, and serves on the Greater Wellington Regional Council. He is also a Rhodes Scholar, a former All Black, and he has served as a diplomat and Member of Parliament.

 

 

 

Sam Morgan

Sam Morgan is best known as the founder of Trade Me. He started working in IT consultancy at Deloitte, before leaving to run his online auction business Trade Me in 1999. Trade Me was sold to Australian media company Fairfax in 2006, and since then Sam has been an investor and advisor for several start-up businesses and not-for-profit organisations.

 

 

Dr Patrick Nolan

Dr Patrick Nolan is Chief Economist at Reform, a British think tank. Prior to Reform he was a Senior Economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER), and he has also served as the economic advisor to a frontbench Minister in a Labour Government and worked for the New Zealand Treasury in tax and regulatory policy.