David Parker (New Zealand politician)

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David Parker

MP
David Parker, 2019.jpg
Parker in May 2019
31st Attorney-General of New Zealand
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Chris Finlayson
In office
19 October 2005 20 March 2006
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by Michael Cullen
Succeeded byMichael Cullen
7th Minister for Economic Development
In office
26 October 2017 27 June 2019
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Simon Bridges
Succeeded by Phil Twyford
15th Minister for the Environment
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Dr Nick Smith
12th Minister for Trade and Export Growth
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Todd McClay
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party list
Assumed office
2005
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Otago
In office
2002   2005
Preceded by Gavan Herlihy
Succeeded by Jacqui Dean
Personal details
Born1960 (age 5859)
Roxburgh, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political party Labour
Children3 [1]
Alma mater University of Otago
OccupationLawyer
Website davidparker.co.nz

David William Parker (born 1960) is a New Zealand politician, a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and a list MP. He acted as interim leader of the Labour Party from September to November 2014. He serves as Attorney-General, Minister of Economic Development, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Trade and Export Growth in the Sixth Labour Government of New Zealand (in office since October 2017), and previously served as interim leader of the Labour Party, deputy leader of the Labour Party, and a Minister (2005–2008) in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand. [2]

New Zealand Labour Party Major New Zealand political party

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A list MP is a member of parliament (MP) who is elected from a party list rather than from a geographical constituency. Their presence in Parliament is owed to the number of votes that their party won, not to votes received by the MP personally. This occurs only in countries which have an electoral system based on party-list proportional representation.

Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party

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Before politics

David Parker was born in Roxburgh and grew up in Dunedin. He attended the University of Otago, studying law and business, and co-founded the Dunedin Community Law Centre. [3]

Roxburgh, New Zealand Town in Otago region, New Zealand

Roxburgh is a small New Zealand town of about 600 people in Central Otago. It is in Teviot Valley on the banks of the Clutha River, 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Alexandra in the South Island. State Highway 8, which links Central Otago with Dunedin city, passes through the town. Roxburgh is well known for its Roxdale fruit and "Jimmy's Pies."

Dunedin City in Otago, New Zealand

Dunedin is the second-largest city in the South Island of New Zealand, and the principal city of the Otago region. Its name comes from Dùn Èideann, the Scottish Gaelic name for Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland.

University of Otago university in New Zealand

The University of Otago is a collegiate university based in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand. It scores highly for average research quality, and in 2006 was second in New Zealand only to the University of Auckland in the number of A-rated academic researchers it employs. In the past it has topped the New Zealand Performance Based Research Fund evaluation.

Before entering politics, Parker worked as a litigation partner in the law firm Anderson Lloyd Caudwell. He later had a business career in the agri-biotechnology field, including with Blis Technologies, where he was a manager. [4] [5]

Blis Technologies

Blis Technologies Limited is a biotechnology company that manufactures advanced probiotics for the mouth and throat.

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2002 2005 47th Otago 47 Labour
2005 2008 48th List37 Labour
2008 2011 49th List 17 Labour
2011 2014 50th List 4 Labour
2014 2017 51st List 2 Labour
2017 present 52nd List 10 Labour

Parker first gained election to Parliament as a Labour member in the 2002 election, winning an upset victory over National's Gavan Herlihy in the Otago seat. In the 2005 election, the National candidate Jacqui Dean defeated him in his Otago electorate seat, but he returned to the House due to his position on the Labour list. In the 2008 general election Parker and Dean both stood in the resurrected Waitaki electorate, with Dean winning by over 11,000 votes. [6] Nevertheless, due to his list position he was still returned to parliament. In the 2011 election, Parker stood in the Epsom electorate, where he came third behind ACT New Zealand's John Banks and National's Paul Goldsmith, but was again returned as a list MP. [7] In the 2014 election, Parker did not contest an electorate, but was number two on the Labour list. [8]

2002 New Zealand general election

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New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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Gavan Herlihy is a former New Zealand politician. He was educated at St. Kevin's College and University of Canterbury. He was a member of Parliament for the National Party from 1996 to 2002.

Fifth Labour Government

During the Fifth Labour Government, Parker served as Attorney-General and Minister of Transport and Energy from 2005 until March 2006. He resigned his position as Attorney-General on 20 March 2006 after an allegation that he had filed an incorrect declaration with the Companies Office on behalf of the property company Queens Park Mews Limited. On 21 March Parker also resigned his place in Cabinet as Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, and Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues. [9] An inquiry by the Companies Office cleared him of the charge of filing false returns. [10]

The Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand was the government of New Zealand from 10 December 1999 to 19 November 2008. Labour Party leader Helen Clark negotiated a coalition with Jim Anderton, leader of the Alliance Party and later the Progressive Party, and New Zealand First. While undertaking a number of substantial reforms, it was not particularly radical compared to previous Labour governments.

Attorney-General (New Zealand) New Zealand minister of the Crown

The Attorney-General is a political and legal officer in New Zealand. The Attorney-General is simultaneously a ministerial position and the chief law officer of the Crown, and has responsibility for supervising New Zealand law and advising the government on legal matters. The Attorney-General serves both a political and apolitical function. The current Attorney-General is David Parker.

Helen Clark, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, re-appointed Parker to the Energy and Climate Change portfolios and to the Land Information portfolio on 2 May 2006. (The Attorney-General portfolio remained with Michael Cullen, and Annette King took over Parker's former Transport portfolio.)

Helen Clark 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Michael Cullen (politician) New Zealand politician

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In July 2007 Clark appointed Parker as the acting Minister for the Environment following the resignation of David Benson-Pope. [11]

Opposition

Following Labour's defeat in the 2008 general election, Parker became the Opposition spokesperson on Conservation, ACC and Shadow Attorney-General. On 15 June 2010, Opposition Leader Phil Goff appointed Parker to be Portfolio Spokesperson for Economic Development, a position formerly held by Shane Jones, and shifted the portfolio of Conservation to Chris Carter.

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In 2011

Parker ran for the party leadership in 2011, but withdrew part-way through the contest to support David Shearer's bid.

Parker then became the Labour spokesperson for Finance and the shadow Attorney-General (from February 2013).

From 17 September 2013, Parker was the deputy leader of the Labour Party. He retained his finance portfolio.

Following the poor performance of the Labour Party in the 2014 general election, and the eventual resignation of David Cunliffe as leader, Parker was appointed interim leader of the Labour Party. He then unsuccessfully ran in the 2014 Labour Party leadership election and he came third in the leadership election behind Andrew Little and Grant Robertson. [12]

Sixth Labour Government

As Minister of Economic Development, Parker addresses the WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017 Opening plenary session, 11 December 2017 (27239254379).jpg
As Minister of Economic Development, Parker addresses the WTO Ministerial Conference in December 2017

Following the 2017 general election, Parker was given the portfolios of Attorney-General, Economic Development, the Environment, and Trade and Export Growth. He also became Associate Minister of Finance. [13]

As Environment Minister, Parker has launched a "comprehensive overhaul" of the Resource Management Act 1991. [14]

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References

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  2. "Ministerial List for Announcement on 31 October 2007" (Press release). New Zealand Government. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original (DOC) on 1 October 2008.
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  7. "Official Count Results – Epsom". Electoral Commission . Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  8. "Labour List for the 2014 Election Announced" (Press release). New Zealand Labour Party. Scoop. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  9. "Parker quits all Cabinet posts". The New Zealand Herald . 21 March 2006.
  10. Audrey Young (27 April 2006). "Parker heads back into the Cabinet". The New Zealand Herald .
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  14. Walls, Jason (24 July 2019). "Government wants to put a firmer focus on climate change when it shakes up the RMA". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 31 July 2019.
Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Cullen
Attorney-General
2005–2006
2017–present
Succeeded by
Michael Cullen
Preceded by
Chris Finlayson
Incumbent
Preceded by
Nick Smith
Minister for the Environment
2017–present
Preceded by
Todd McClay
Minister for Trade and Export Growth
2017–present
Preceded by
Simon Bridges
Minister of Economic Development
2017–2019
Succeeded by
Phil Twyford
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Gavan Herlihy
Member of Parliament for Otago
2002–2005
Succeeded by
Jacqui Dean
Political offices
Preceded by
Grant Robertson
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Annette King
Party political offices
Preceded by
Grant Robertson
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Annette King