Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences

An occasional series where prominent New Zealanders talk about the individuals, writers and thinkers who have shaped their outlook on the world.

Sir Robert Jones has been a prolific writer of columns and books - both fiction and non fiction - since the 1970s.

A self-made property magnate who grew up in a State House in the Hutt Valley Sir Robert played an active role in promoting the election of Sir Robert Muldoon in 1975.

Then in 1983 he founded the New Zealand Party, which attracted 12.2 percent of the vote but failed to gain a single seat in Parliament due to the First Past the Post electoral system.

Despite that failure to make it into parliament the New Zealand Party is credited by many for not only the defeat of the Muldoon government but for setting the agenda for many of the so-called new right policies introduced by the fourth Labour Government.