Sam Morgan supported Peter Thiel's New Zealand citizenship
Sam Morgan says he wrote a letter in support of United States businessman Peter Thiel becoming a New Zealand citizen.
In a series of tweets on Thursday morning the Trade Me founder wrote he supported Thiel's application for citizenship and believed "we should be encouraging more such immigrants".
On Peter Thiel: 1/ I supported his application for citizenship and believe we should generally be encouraging more such immigrants.— Sam Morgan (@samfromwgtn) February 1, 2017
Morgan wrote Thiel was "super helpful" in a number of companies he was involved with and that he thought most Kiwis didn't understand "just how valuable opening up to foreign investment and talent networks really is to us".
Although he wrote he didn't agree with Thiel's politics or support of Trump, Morgan also believed Thiel's investment in Xero was key to the company hiring more than 1500 staff.
"Totally supportive of debate around how we grant citizenship. We should not sell citizenship, but we need to attract talent and capital," he wrote on Twitter.
2/ Peter was super helpful in a number of companies I’ve been involved with (Xero, Pacific Fibre, Vend, etc).— Sam Morgan (@samfromwgtn) February 1, 2017
Xero chief executive Rod Drury also said he wanted New Zealand to welcome more wealthy Americans.
In an interview with RNZ on Thursday morning Drury defended Thiel's New Zealand citizenship and said: "We should be asking Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, or Bill Gates - those are the people we should be targeting."
Totally supportive of debate around how we grant citizenship. We should not sell citizenship, but we need to attract talent and capital.— Sam Morgan (@samfromwgtn) February 1, 2017
Morgan has been approached for comment.