|8th Minister of Conservation|
15 August 2002 –5 November 2007
|Preceded by||Sandra Lee|
|Succeeded by||Stephanie Chadwick|
|Minister of Ethnic Affairs|
15 August 2002 –19 November 2008
|Preceded by||George Hawkins|
|Succeeded by||Pansy Wong|
|11th Minister of Local Government|
15 August 2002 –19 October 2005
|Preceded by||Sandra Lee|
|Succeeded by||Nanaia Mahuta|
|Minister of Housing|
19 October 2005 –5 November 2007
|Succeeded by||Maryan Street|
|Minister for Building Issues|
21 December 2004 –19 October 2005
|43rd Minister of Education|
5 November 2007 –19 October 2008
|Preceded by||Steve Maharey|
|Succeeded by||Anne Tolley|
|Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office|
5 November 2007 –19 October 2008
|Succeeded by||Anne Tolley|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
for Te Atatu
27 November 1999 –26 November 2011
6 November 1993 –12 October 1996
|Preceded by||Brian Neeson|
|Succeeded by||Phil Twyford|
|Born||4 May 1952|
|Domestic partner||Peter Kaiser|
|Occupation||Member of Parliament, Cabinet minister; United Nations administrator; former secondary school teacher|
Christopher Joseph Carter(born 4 May 1952) is a former New Zealand Labour Party and independent Member of the New Zealand Parliament. He was a senior Cabinet Minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand, serving lastly as Minister of Education, Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office and Minister of Ethnic Affairs. He was the Member of Parliament for the Te Atatu electorate, where he was first elected in 1993. He did not win re-election (to the replacement seat, Waipareira) in 1996, but won a new and expanded Te Atatu seat in 1999. In 2010 he was suspended from the Labour Party caucus following a dispute with party leader Phil Goff, shortly afterwards he became an independent MP. He was expelled by the Labour Party for breaching the Party's constitution in bringing the Party in disrepute, on 11 October 2010. In September 2011 Carter resigned from Parliament following his appointment to a United Nations position in Afghanistan where he served for 4 years. In 2015 he was appointed to head UN operations in Rakhine State in Myanmar where he served for 3 years. In 2018 he rejoined the New Zealand Labour Party and stood for election as a Labour Party representative in the 2019 New Zealand local elections.Chris Carter was elected and appointed as Chairperson of the Henderson Massey Local Board with 11,250 votes. He also won election in 2019 as one of the 7 elected Board Members of the Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) with 14,593 votes. Both positions have 3 year terms.
Chris Carter was born on 4 May 1952, and brought up in the Auckland suburb of Panmure. He was educated at St Peter's College, Auckland and at the University of Auckland where he received an MA (Hons) in history.
Before entering politics, Carter had served as a teacher and as a poultry farmer. His partner is Peter Kaiser, a headmaster, and they have been together for over 40 years. On 10 February 2007, Carter and Kaiser were joinedin the first civil union for a Cabinet Minister or Member of Parliament since civil unions in New Zealand were introduced after legislation was passed in December 2004.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|1993 –1996||44th||Te Atatu||Labour|
|1999 –2002||46th||Te Atatu||34||Labour|
|2002 –2005||47th||Te Atatu||25||Labour|
|2005 –2008||48th||Te Atatu||19||Labour|
|2008 –2010||49th||Te Atatū||7||Labour|
|2010–2011||Changed allegiance to:||Independent|
Carter was the first openly gay man ever appointed as a New Zealand Cabinet minister. He had been a strong advocate of gay equality for some time, and continued this role on entering Parliament.
In 1994, Carter was named by the Speaker of the House Peter Tapsell for calling John Banks a hypocrite over his pro-life stance on abortions.
Carter started one of the first branches of New Zealand Rainbow Labour for centre-left lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender people (LGBT) and others during the 1996–1999 term, after having lost the newly created Waipareira electorate to National's Brian Neeson by just 107 votes,and not having been placed on the Labour list for the election.
At the 2005 election, Carter was re-elected to his seat with 59.4% of the vote, a majority of 10,447.
Labour lost power in the 2008 election. Carter was re-elected, but his majority was almost halved to 5,298.
On 14 June 2010, 4 days after the release of ministerial credit card records, Carter along with two other MPs Shane Jones MP and Mita Ririnui MP (Lab – Lists) were demoted by Opposition Leader Phil Goff MP (Mount Roskill) for misuse of such credit cards. In the case of Carter, he was accused of purchasing personal items with the card, which was outside the rules for Ministerial expenditure as a minister under the former Clark government over a six-year period. Carter repaid the money in full, a total of $26 ($NZ). His main dispute with Phil Goff was over allegations by Goff that Carter had travelled too much as a Cabinet Minister. All of Carter's travel as a minister was official travel and approved by Cabinet (of which Goff was a member). Carter's demotion included removal from the front bench, and loss of the shadow portfolio of Foreign Affairs. Carter subsequently speculated publicly about whether he would continue as a Member of Parliament.
As a cabinet minister, Carter was entitled to the title of The Honourable and became The Hon. Mr Chris Carter,which is a title granted for the rest of his life.
On 29 July 2010 Carter was suspended from the Labour Party caucus for allegedly being behind an anonymous letter sent around the press gallery claiming there was a leadership challenge against Phil Goff; a charge he later admitted.On 17 August 2010, Speaker Lockwood Smith announced that Chris Carter was officially an independent MP and no longer a Labour MP.
In early September 2011 Carter was appointed as programme manager of the Governance Unit of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Afghanistan, leading the strengthening of local governance in all 34 Afghan Provinces. He served in that role for 4 years. His parliamentary seat remained vacant until the 26 November 2011 election as there is no requirement to hold a by-election when there is less than six months to a general election.
On 18 October 2013, Carter was waiting for a colleague to leave his compound in Kabul when a suicide bomber attacked a passing military convoy on the street some 25 metres (82 ft) away; he was separated from the blast by a glass wall. If his Australian colleague had not been late, they could have been the victims of the attack themselves. Carter considered it a "close shave".
In September 2015 Chris Carter was appointed as the Senior UN Advisor for Rakhine State in Myanmar after serving for 4 years in Afghanistan. His Myanmar role, which he filled until 2019, was to lead and coordinate development by UN Agencies operating in Rakhine State, a region of Myanmar marked by serious religious and ethnic conflict between Buddhist and Muslim communities.
In 2019, Carter retired from the United Nations after seven years' service and returned to New Zealand to live in Te Atatu. He had rejoined the New Zealand Labour Party in 2018. In the 2019 New Zealand local elections, he was elected a member of Auckland Council's Henderson-Massey Local Board and became Chairperson. He was also elected as a member of the Waitemata District Health Board.
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|New Zealand Parliament|
| Member of Parliament for Te Atatū |
Seat abolished (recreated in 1999)
Seat recreated (abolished in 1996)
| Minister of Education |