Gareth Morgan is a New Zealand economist and commentator on public policy who in previous lives has been in business as an economic consultant, funds manager, and professional company director. He is also a motorcycle adventurer and philanthropist. Gareth and his wife Joanne have a charitable foundation, the Morgan Foundation, which has three main stands of philanthropic endeavour – public interest research, conservation and social investment1.
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 he established Gareth Morgan Investments Limited, a personal portfolio investment business, which grew 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 also grown to be one of the largest KiwiSaver schemes in New Zealand. Gareth sold the investment business to state owned Kiwibank in 2012.
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