• Gary Moller

How to Escape from our COVID19 Prison: Pt 2 - who is Gary Moller?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Gary posing for his stretching and warming up campaign
Gary posing for his stretching and warming up campaign

Or, "why should I be listening to you?"

(I do not want to come across as having some shallow desire to blow my own trumpet, but it is helpful if readers know about some of my background that is relevant to the discussion since the question is being raised).

Please read this, if you have not already, Part one:


What I have to contribute is the experience with taking a whole lot of confusing chatter and turning it into a comprehensible and practical plan. This used to be my job. Let me tell you about it.

The Accident Compensation Commission was founded on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Accident Compensation Act 1972 and based on the report prepared for the Government by Sir Owen Woodhouse. It was the world-first no-fault accident compensation scheme, providing prevention, treatment and rehabilitation cover to all New Zealanders and visitors to our shores. It was revolutionary. During its early days, there was an almost daily procession of esteemed visitors from around the world, eager to see what New Zealand had created.

In 1976, I wrote to Ken Sandford, the Founding Chairman of the Accident Compensation Commission, saying that ACC needed to do something about sports injuries. I was summoned to Wellington for a grilling. The meeting was brief and went kind of like this:

"If you think you know so much, then you can do it!"

Yikes - what an offer!

I accepted the job, and was given the rather imposing title of "Executive Officer Sport and Recreation". My first task was to write my own job description. I had what was the best job in the world. I had so much freedom.

How did I get the job?

I don't really know. I think I was lucky. I guess I was in the right place at the right time.