|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
8 November 2008
|Preceded by||Electorate Re-established|
|48th Minister of Justice|
8 October 2014 –26 October 2017
|Prime Minister|| John Key |
|Preceded by||Judith Collins|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Little|
|26th Minister for Social Housing|
20 December 2016 –26 October 2017
|Prime Minister||Bill English|
|Preceded by||Paula Bennett|
|Succeeded by||Phil Twyford|
Amy Juliet Milnes
19 May 1971
Auckland, New Zealand
|Alma mater||University of Canterbury|
Amy Juliet Adams (née Milnes; born 19 May 1971) is a member of the New Zealand Parliament and was Minister of Justice.
The New Zealand Parliament is the legislature of New Zealand, consisting of the Queen of New Zealand (Queen-in-Parliament) and the New Zealand House of Representatives. The Queen is usually represented by her governor-general. Before 1951, there was an upper chamber, the New Zealand Legislative Council. The Parliament was established in 1854 and is one of the oldest continuously functioning legislatures in the world.
The Minister of Justice is a minister in the government of New Zealand. The minister has responsibility for the formulation of justice policy and for the administration of law courts.
Adams represents the Selwyn electorate and is a member of the National Party. She was the Minister of Justice, Minister for Communications, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister for Courts and Social Housing, and Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand Corporation and Social Investment.
Selwyn is a current electorate in the New Zealand House of Representatives, composed of towns on the outskirts of Christchurch city. The electorate was first formed for the 1866 election and has been abolished three times during its history. It was last re-established for the 2008 election and has since been held by Amy Adams for the National Party.
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Adams was born in 1971. When she was two, her mother divorced, raising her and her sister Belinda alone.Adams attended Rangitoto College, where she was friends with Louise Upston (also later a National Party politician), then graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Laws with First-Class Honours. Her first employment as a lawyer was in Invercargill, but she soon moved back to Canterbury. She became a partner in the Christchurch law firm Mortlock McCormack.
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Adams was selected as the National party candidate for the Selwyn seat for the 2008 general election after a contested selection.She won the Selwyn seat with a comfortable majority, achieving 60% of the electorate votes cast. This compares with the National Party achieving 55% of party votes. In the 2014 election, she won more than 70% of the electorate votes based on preliminary results.
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Adams was made Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee and the Electoral Legislation Committee for the final months of the 49th Parliament and was appointed a Cabinet Minister for Internal Affairs, Communications and Associate Earthquake Recovery after the National Party won a second term in Government.After a reshuffle of cabinet responsibilities caused by the resignation of Nick Smith, Adams was made Minister for the Environment, while the responsibility for Internal Affairs was passed to Chris Tremain.
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After National won the 2014 general election in September, Adams became the Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister of Broadcasting and Minister for Communications.
Following the election of Bill English to Prime Minister, Adams also took on the roles of Minister for Social Housing, Minister Responsible for Social Investment and Minister Responsible for Housing, dropping the Broadcasting and Communications portfolio.
Following the formation of a Labour-led coalition government after the 2017 general election, Amy Adams became National's spokesperson on finance and serves on the "finance and expenditure" and "privileges" select committees.On 22 January 2019, Adams was designated as the shadow Attorney General following the resignation of Christopher Finlayson.
Adams' house in Aylesbury stands close to the fault line and epicentre of the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, which caused significant damage to her property, but inspection deemed it safe to live in.
She and her husband Robert Donald "Don" Adams own three farms – in Darfield, Kirwee, and Te Kauwhata. The first two of these are sheep and crop farms in Canterbury, and within the area of the Central Plains Water scheme. Through their company Amdon Farms Ltd, they are shareholders of Central Plains Water.The Te Kauwhata farm is located in the Waikato.
Her sister Belinda Milnes was an advisor to Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, and when Bennett appointed her as Families Commissioner in 2013, the Opposition complained of cronyism.David Ware, chief executive of NZX-listed company Team Talk, husband of Milnes and brother-in-law of Adams, has publicly criticised Adams in her role as Communications and Information Technology Minister, where government policies favour big telecommunications companies. Ware feels "dreadfully let down" by the Communications and Information Technology Minister.
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Title last held byDavid Carter
| Member of Parliament for Selwyn |
| Minister for Internal Affairs |
| Minister for Communications and Information Technology|
| Minister for the Environment |
| Minister for Courts|
| Minister of Justice |