When you've had one of the most successful careers in business in New Zealand, what do you do next?

For Xero founder Rod Drury, the answer is to spend his days mountain biking around Queenstown, wing foiling when he gets the chance, and meeting with government and business leaders to get improvement initiatives moving.

He's pushed for the separation of energy generation and retailing, campaigned for more water storage across Southland, worked to get an autonomous public transport system set up in Queenstown, advocated for the reduction of electronic payments fees, and spent days with his Ngāi Tahu iwi establishing an intergenerational framework for future planning.

In this rare interview, Drury goes deep into the why and how of all these, plus reflections on Xero, artificial intelligence, private funding of public infrastructure, and more.

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