Mike Moore was once described as ‘world famous, but not in New Zealand’.
The untold story of a poor boy from rural Northland whose early ambition was to run the local petrol station but who went on to play a crucial role in the transformational fourth Labour Government, became prime minister and then the highest-ranked New Zealander on the global stage as the director general of the World Trade Organization, and later was an ambassador to Washington DC.
Author Peter Parussini was the last person to talk in depth with Moore about his extraordinary life. Many of Moore’s old friends and foes also shared their recollections with him.
Believer: Conversations with Mike Moore is more than a book about politics and international diplomacy; it’s a New Zealand story about overcoming odds regardless of who your parents are, where you grow up and what schools you attend. It’s also about hard work, love and loyalty, determination and dedication.
‘I saw a man who was a prolific writer who was an incredible thinker, who was generous to the end with his ideas and intellect. I saw a man who was a true believer until the end.’
— Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
About the Author: Peter Parussini has had more than 30 years of experience in the communications industry, spanning journalism, sports marketing, university lecturing, education, sponsorships, branding, broadcasting, politics and international affairs. He is currently a senior executive within the banking world.