Aaron Bhatnagar Unfiltered Interview January 2019
First posted on Facebook, 18 October 2018
Given recent political news over “the Cathedral Club”, I’d like to note that it was an informal pay-your-own-way dinner club that started in 2001, comprised of a small group of Young Nats and old friends from university days. It met in the Cathedral Room of the old Auckland Club, which had pictures of NZ churches and cathedrals on the wall. I know this because I was a regular dinner attendee and one of the organisers. The last dinner was probably around 2008.
Posted originally on Facebook, 24/11/2017
Auckland has been very kind to our family, so it’s nice to be able to give something back. This evening, the Bhatnagar family unveiled “The Sir Roger Bhatnagar collection” of sporting memorabilia at the Bert Sutcliffe Lounge, Eden Park. Dad collected some impressive sports memorabilia back in the day, and so we helped pay for Auckland Cricket’s Lounge renovations, and they have helped find a home for a unique snapshot of NZ’s cricket history in the 1980s and 1990s.
We are delighted and honoured to have an old friend of Dad’s, the Deputy Prime Minister Rt Hon Winston Peters, to open the collection and renovated lounge. Also present were many of Dad’s old friends from his business days so it was quite a wonderful catchup as well. Many thanks also to Auckland Cricket, in particular Nicholas Albrecht, (board member) and Erin Nurkka (marketing manager) for making this happen.
I was one of the larger individual investors in Hellaby Holdings when the company received a takeover offer from Bapcor Holdings, an Australian autoparts company. The initial offer was met with a lukewarm response by most investors as well as the board of Hellaby. As an activist investor, I engaged publicly to put pressure on an increase by Bapcor for their buyout offer, which duly happened in January of 2017. Bapcor's second offer was met with support by myself and other shareholders, successfully buying Hellaby Holdings.
This is the post I made on LinkedIn at the time, which was duly picked up by NZ business reporters.
This opinion piece was originally published on the NZ Herald on 30 January 2013.
As a shareholder in Ryman Healthcare, I'd like to respond to Sue Kedgley's opinion piece regarding wage levels in the retirement sector.
She has implied Ryman Healthcare's excellent profitability is a reason why wages in the retirement sector are low for caregivers, and that shareholders should ask about improving wages in this sector.
This mini blog contains infrequent public commentary by Aaron Bhatnagar mostly on business, but also political and philanthropic matters of importance to him.