Sam Morgan supported Peter Thiel's New Zealand citizenship

Founder of Trade Me Sam Morgan is supportive of Thiel becoming a New Zealand citizen.
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Founder of Trade Me Sam Morgan is supportive of Thiel becoming a New Zealand citizen.

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". 

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. 

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"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.

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." 

Morgan has been approached for comment. 

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