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Quotation for Today, Sunday 24 August 2008


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It’s too late now for those facing defeat to pick up the pen so Parekura Horomia, trailing the Maori Party in his electorate’s polls, can forget any thoughts about publishing I Fought Anorexia and Won, which given his spectacular success with this battle, might otherwise have been a best-seller.

Sir Robert Jones writing in The Dominion Post 22 August 2008 in his new political commentary column.

Sir Robert ‘Bob’ Jones (born 1939) is a property tycoon, author and former politician in New Zealand. Growing up in working class Naenae, Wellington, he attended Victoria University of Wellington and contributed to a boxing column in the university’s newspaper Salient (magazine).

Jones earned his wealth through investments in commercial property via his company Robt. Jones Holdings Ltd, and is currently worth $200 million according to the 2007 NBR rich list.

He formed the short-lived neo-liberal New Zealand Party in 1983, just before Robert Muldoon’s snap 1984 election. When the election was over, Jones disbanded the party. In 1985, Jones was reached while out fishing in a remote valley in Taupo by reporters in a helicopter, which included TVNZ journalist Rod Vaughan. Upon seeing them, he infamously punched Vaughan in the nose.

He attempted to remove the Fijian Embassy from one of his properties during the time of the 1987 Fijian coup.

Jones is alleged to shun recent technology; he reportedly hand-writes all of his books by choice, and has been cited in the Sunday Star-Times as refusing to own a mobile phone. The Sunday Star-Times published a subsequent report on 22 October 2006, however, in which he denied elements of the previous week’s report and said that he had no aversion to modern technology.


Sir Robert Jones

Sir Robert Jones

One Comment
  1. 06/12/2008 17:32

    What an outstanding article…


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