The importance of equality | John Banks, Politician, Entrepreneur & BusinessmanBusiness, New Zealand|2016|02:14|G
The Honourable John Banks is the epitome of the rags-to-riches story, building a varied and successful career as a politician, entrepreneur, businessman, restaurateur, property developer and broadcaster from a very tough childhood. John's former political roles include Member of Parliament for the National Party, Minister of Police, Leader of Act New Zealand, and the 38th Mayor of Auckland City. He is also credited with playing a significant role in the development of the Auckland restaurant scene. John had a tough childhood that involved going to bed hungry, wearing sugar sacks for clothes and seeing both of his parents imprisoned at an early age. He spent some time "sleeping rough under Grafton bridge in the freezing cold in the middle of winter" and nine months sleeping in the back of his Morris 8 car, before getting a job for American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and launching his business career with restaurateur Tony White. John was awarded the Queen's Service Order for Public Service in 2000 and the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to local body affairs in 2011.