Gareth Morgan posts end-of-year message holding a cat while wearing a Christmas jumper

Gareth Morgan posts end-of-year message holding a cat while wearing a Christmas jumper
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Politician and businessman Gareth Morgan has posted his holiday message to Facebook, posing in a garish Christmas-themed jumper with an apparently unimpressed cat.

He posted the message, thanking his supporters for voting The Opportunities Party and promising it would do better in 2020.

The Opportunities Party was established in November 2016 and achieved 2.5 percent of the vote in the 2017 election.

Since the election, the party has lost several candidates, including Jennie Condie, whom Mr Morgan asked to resign for being a "pain in the arse".

Mr Morgan has now announced he will no longer lead the party, preferring to operate in the background.

In the video, he lamented not being able to hold the balance of power, but promised the party would finish stronger in three years.

"Ended up with 2.5 percent of the vote, 63,000 enlightened New Zealanders," he said.

"If we doubled that, you realise it would have been us that had determined the Prime Minister."

"So that wasn't bad for nine months' work, imagine next time, now we have three years."

Mr Morgan also outraged the nation with his less-than-sympathetic reaction to the death of Paddles, the internationally beloved feline of new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The cat sits in his arms petulantly throughout his speech and at one point, Mr Morgan has to calm it while he's speaking.

It is not known where the cat came from.

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