Perce Harpham


Born in 1932 in New Zealand Perce graduated with degrees in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics (M.Sc)then worked for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) for 14 years. He was moved to the United Kingdom and then Australia as Operations Research Officer. He returned to New Zealand to progress through Production Manager at Lower Hutt for Dulux Paints Ltd and then Management Services Manager responsible for the fourth computer to be installed in New Zealand. He had made his first contact with computers in 1957 while in the UK.

Perce started the first computer software company (Progeni) in NZ in 1968. Progeni prospered and Perce setup subsidiaries in Australia, the USA and China. Following the financial crash of 1987 Progeni, in 1989, was "collateral damage" in the failure of the Bank of New Zealand. See his website for "Progeni - Success and Failure".

Perce started again with some success, qualified as a Mediator & Arbitrator and devoted more time to his family and grandchildren, sailing and other pursuits. These include an interest in politics and acting as an arbitrator and mediator. He enjoys cruising in yachts.

Perce's wife, Myra, also once had a high public profile as co-director of New Zealand's Commission for the Future. They have been married for 64 years. They have 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 1 great grandson.

Where to find Perce Harpham online

Where to buy in print


Thoughts on a Basic Income for New Zealanders
in this 2017 video Perce explains how bringing together three old ideas results in a Universal Basic Income and paying for it. These and other ideas are updated in his new book - WHY ARE THE POOR poor? It also deals with the new situation with covid19.


Why Are The Poor poor? - A New Negative Income Tax & Other Ideas.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,760. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2020. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Government
Thomas Piketty's book "Capital in the 21st Century" in 2014 was a compelling account of how wealth inexorably increases inequality. It was a best seller and is now made easily digestible by a film of the same name. This book shows why the Poor remain poor and proposes some solutions. E.G. a detailed Covid 19 "sketch plan" for a fiscally neutral restructure of the Income Tax & Benefit Systems.
Some Voyages Around New Zealand & Elsewhere
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,190. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sailing, Nonfiction » Travel » Cruises
In over seventy years of sailing Perce has made many voyages around New Zealand, solo return across the Tasman Sea, to the South Pacific Islands and elsewhere. He weaves observations about people, places, boats and the sea into an unusually acute feeling for the fascination of cruising in small boats.In his time GPS, chartplotters,autopilots and roller furling have revolutionised cruising.