'Mr Denmore' is financial journalist Jim Parker, a 26-year media veteran. Jim began in journalism in New Zealand at the end of the 70s, working in commercial and public radio. He migrated to radio in Australia in the mid-80s before a two-year stint in London as a radio correspondent and TV news producer. Back in Australia, Jim worked for five years in wire service AAP, before becoming an Asia editor for a US financial wire. In the mid-90s, he helped pioneer desktop financial television with Reuters. In six years from 2000, Jim worked on new media ventures for Fairfax. Since 2006, Jim has worked as a corporate communications adviser, writing and presenting on investment, media and communication for financial intermediaries. Jim is a graduate in journalism from the Auckland University of Technology and in social and economic history from Deakin University, Victoria.
So who's this?
That's Michael Joseph Savage. He was an Australian-born New Zealand statesman who served as the 23rd Prime Minister of New Zealand, heading the First Labour Government from 6 December 1935 until his death in 1940. A staunch unionist, Savage is generally known as the architect of the Kiwi welfare state. Essentially New Zealand's version of Australia's wartime leader John Curtin, Savage was so revered by the Depression and WWII generation, his picture hung on the lounge room walls of many NZ homes right through until the 60s. People today still flock to his memorial, in a park overlooking Auckland Harbour. 'Mr Denmore' uses Savage as his avatar because of the latter's connections to both Australia and New Zealand and the enormous mana he holds as a social democrat in the classic sense.