Peter Thiel Wants to Make New Zealand Great Again


02 February, 2017

The documents, released late Tuesday, show Thiel was granted citizenship under "exceptional circumstances" for "his skills as an entrepreneur and his philanthropy", even though he didn't fully meet eligibility requirements, the Guardian reports.

Following public pressure, New Zealand's government on Wednesday released 145 pages of documents revealing details of the deal.

The New Zealand government was persuaded by Thiel's appeal, however, and granted him citizenship in 2011.

In a series of tweets on Thursday morning the Trade Me founder wrote he supported Thiel's application for citizenship and believed "we should be encouraging more such immigrants".

In a personal letter Thiel, who also held German and United States citizenship at the time of his application, was effusive about New Zealand.

"I intend to devote a significant amount of my time and resources to the people and businesses of New Zealand", Thiel promised officials, while also expressing a desire to become a kind of ambassador.

The 145-page citizenship application file, explaining what exceptional circumstances underlay the unusual award, was released last night after a almost a week of repeated delays by the Department of Internal Affairs.

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Mr Thiel's connection to New Zealand is mostly financial.

"It would give him great pride to let it be known that he is a New Zealand citizen", his lawyers wrote to the Minister of Internal Affairs. I have concluded that the New Zealand government supports capital expansion, scientific research and global investment.

In the January 30 issue of the New Yorker, Thiel was revealed to be one of many super-wealthy "doomsday preppers" who plan to ride out a crashing world economy and social disruption by absconding to private compounds in New Zealand.

Prominent American businessman and President Trump supporter Peter Thiel only visited New Zealand four times and never meant to live here but was granted New Zealand citizenship because of his philanthropy, it's been revealed today.

A spokesperson for the Overseas Investment Office explained to the Herald why Thiel did not need to seek permission to purchase the property, a requirement for foreigners.

He has been an important adviser to Trump, who has vowed to put "America first".

"Essentially, Mr. Thiel has been granted citizenship on the grounds that he is a wealthy person", Iain Lees-Galloway, a spokesman for the nation's Labour Party, told The New York Times.

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