The Phoenix, Welnix and Gareth Morgan

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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A friend who attended some of Gareth Morgan’s presentations back when he was “just” an economist, recalls him as a stimulating speaker who made provocative statements to promote discussion and challenge his audience to think beyond their preconceptions. His call for the eradication of domestic cats certainly got tongues wagging; amid the sound and fury, there was discussion about how much of a threat Felis domesticus really poses to our native birdlife. It’s not quite so apparent what Morgan’s Phoenix-related antics are intended to achieve. Wittingly or not, however, ...

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