Bob Jones (businessman)
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Growing up in the Lower Hutt suburb of Naenae, Jones attended Naenae College and then Victoria University of Wellington. While a student, he earned a "blue" in boxing and contributed to a boxing column in the university's newspaper Salient. He remained a fan of boxing and sometimes commented on TV on big matches.
Jones earned his wealth through investments in commercial property via his company Robt. Jones Holdings Ltd, and was worth $550 million according to the 2013 NBR rich list.
He formed the short-lived libertarian New Zealand Party in 1983, just before Robert Muldoon's snap 1984 election. Jones explicitly stated his disgust that the supposedly pro-free-enterprise National Party of New Zealand had implemented socialist polices like price and wage freezes, and a top tax rate of 66%. His party acted as a spoiler, helping to deliver the government to the New Zealand Labour Party. Then, surprisingly for an ostensibly socialist party, this implemented free market reforms under Finance Minister Roger Douglas (hence Rogernomics). When the election was over, Jones disbanded the party, seeing that Labour had implemented many of his policies. He and Muldoon had a legal feud, where Muldoon unsuccessfully sued Jones for defamation. But Jones had great respect for Muldoon in other areas, e.g. both despising political correctness. Jones even chaired the farewell dinner on the occasion of Muldoon's retirement from Parliament.
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 realising the reporters spotted him, Jones infamously punched Vaughan in the nose, with the whole incident recorded on tape.
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.
- The Permit (1984)
- Full Circle (2000)
- Ogg (2002)
- True Facts (2003)
- Degrees for Everyone (2004)
- Wimp Walloping (1989)
- Prancing Pavonine Charlatans (1990)
- A Year of It (1991)
- Punch Lines (1992)
- Wowser Whacking (1993)
- New Zealand's Boxing Yearbook (1972 and 1973)
- Jones on Property (1977)
- New Zealand the Way I Want It (1978)
- Travelling (1980)
- Bob Jones Letters (1990)
- Prosperity Denied (1996)
- Memories of Muldoon (1997)
- My Property World (2005)
- Jones on Management (2007)
- Fighting Talk: Boxing and the Modern Lexicon (2013)
- "LAW: Private rights, public screenings". The Sunday Star-Times. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
- Film Archive - 6:30 News, TVNZ, 9/7/1985
- Film Archive - 6:30 News, TVNZ, 10/7/1985
- NZ On Screen: Eyewitness News - Bob Jones punches reporter Rod Vaughan
- London Gazette (supplement), No. 51774, 16 June 1989. Retrieved 12 January 2013.