Australasian Citizenship

Wellington-born David Kirk, former All Black captain and chief executive of Fairfax, is now an Australian citizen. Kirk, skipper of the World Cup winners in the inaugural 1987 tournament, confirmed he would always back the All Blacks over the Wallabies. “It’s the All Blacks all the way.” He also said his heart still belonged to New Zealand. “I grew up in New Zealand. My heart, my emotion, my commitment of course is to New Zealand … There are a lot of similarities between New Zealanders and Australians. In many ways I think of myself as an Australasian.” Kirk, who has lived in Australia for the past decade, was a Rhodes Scholar and adviser to former prime minister Jim Bolger. He resigned from Fairfax in December 2008.


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