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Paul Goldsmith
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Paul Goldsmith

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Paul Goldsmith has written extensively about the lives of leading New Zealand businessmen and political figures, as well as about aspects of Maori history and politics. In November 2011 he was elected as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. He lives in Auckland with his wife, Melissa, and their four children. His previous books are: John Banks — a biography; TN Gibbs; Gibbs — New Zealand roots; The Rise and Fall of Te Hemara Tauhia; Brash — the biography; The Myers (with Michael Bassett); We Won, You Lost, Eat That! A political history of tax in New Zealand since 1840; Stress and Enterprise —the career of Richard Izard; Puketutu and its People (with Michael Bassett); Fletchers — a centennial history of Fletcher Building; Serious Fun — the life and times of Alan Gibbs; and Legend — the Sir William Gallagher story. See www.paulgoldsmith.co.nz.

Reviewing Serious Fun, the biography of outspoken free-marketeer business reformer, Aquada inventor, and owner of famous contemporary sculpture park The Farm, Alan Gibbs, the Daily Post praised Goldsmith for seeing ‘through the bluff and bluster of Gibb’s public persona to reveal a true Kiwi individualist’. New Zealand Business declared it ‘entertaining and thought-provoking’.

Books by Paul Goldsmith


The story of New Zealand's most successful exporter and its head, Bill Gallagher, who built on the invention of an electric fence to make the company a world leader in its field.

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Serious Fun

Biography of Alan Gibbs, one of New Zealand's most influential and controversial businessmen and Aquada amphibious car developer.

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