Face of the Day

Billionaire philanthropist Sir Richard Branson has made his mark in Auckland this afternoon, planting one of the million trees mayor Phil Goff has promised over the next three years.

Branson is here ahead of a fundraising dinner tomorrow night where he will be quizzed by former Prime Minister John Key.

The four-course dinner at Vector Arena costs from $696.65 a ticket and will focus on entrepreneurship and being a disruptive innovator.

Branson said today he wouldn’t be making a formal speech, instead answering questions put to him by Key.

“Anything he asks me I’ll answer.”

In a fly-by visit to Shakespear Regional Park north of Auckland this afternoon Branson appeared delighted with New Zealand’s fauna, saying no where else in the world had made the same commitment to eradicating pests.

The Government has committed to making New Zealand predator-free by 2050.

Yep. ? National have become the Announcement Party. ?With deadlines decades into the future.


– NZ Herald