John Carter (New Zealand politician)

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John Carter

Minister of Civil Defence
In office
19 November 2008 8 June 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Rick Barker
Succeeded by Craig Foss
9th Minister for Senior Citizens
In office
19 November 2008 8 June 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Ruth Dyson
Succeeded by Craig Foss
9th Minister of Racing
In office
19 November 2008 8 June 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Winston Peters
Succeeded by Craig Foss
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northland
In office
1996  17 July 2011
Preceded bynew electorate
Succeeded by Mike Sabin
Majority10,054 (29.89%)
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Far North
In office
1993   1996
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Bay of Islands
In office
1987   1993
Preceded by Neill Austin
Personal details
Born (1950-05-08) 8 May 1950 (age 70)
Te Kōpuru, New Zealand
Political party National Party
OccupationLocal government official

John McGregor Carter QSO (born 8 May 1950) is a New Zealand politician, and member of the National Party. He represented the Bay of Islands, Far North and Northland electorates in Parliament from 1987 until July 2011, when he became New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. Since the October 2013 local elections, he has been mayor of the Far North District.


Early life

He was born in Te Kōpuru, Northland and educated at Otamatea High School. [1] Before entering politics, Carter worked as a local government administration official. [2] He was the county clerk and principal officer at Hokianga County Council until his election to Parliament in 1987. [2] Carter is married, and has one daughter and two sons. [2]

Political career

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
1987 1990 42nd Bay of Islands National
1990 1993 43rd Bay of Islands National
1993 1996 44th Far North National
1996 1999 45th Northland 34 National
1999 2002 46th Northland16 National
2002 2005 47th Northland21 National
2005 2008 48th Northland15 National
2008 2011 49th Northland21 National

Carter was elected to Parliament in the 1987 election, winning the Bay of Islands electorate. [3] He continued to represent the area when the seat changed names to Far North in 1993 and later Northland. The National Party came to power in the 1990 election and Carter was appointed as the Junior Government Whip, and later Senior Government Whip until 1995 and again from 1996 to mid-2004.

Carter was sacked as whip in 1995, after he phoned into a talkback radio show, hosted by fellow National MP John Banks, impersonating a work-shy Māori called Hone, causing widespread offence. [4]

In the first term of the Fifth National Government, Carter was a Minister outside of Cabinet, holding the Civil Defence, Senior Citizens, Racing and Associate Local Government portfolios. [5] [6] He also chaired the Auckland Governance Legislation select committee. [7]

In February 2011, the government announced that Carter would be the next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. [6] He left Parliament in July 2011, [2] but his departure did not result in a by-election, as the vacancy occurred within six months of the next general election. [8] On 13 June 2011 Carter was granted the right [9] to retain the title of The Honourable for his lifetime. He retired as New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands in July 2013. [10]

Local government

Carter returned to the Far North District of New Zealand, successfully running for Mayor of the District at the 2013 local elections. [11] He was re-elected again in both 2016 and 2019. [12] He lives at Waipapakauri Ramp [12] on Ninety Mile Beach.

Political views

Carter is a supporter of the monarchy in New Zealand. In 1992, a year described by Queen Elizabeth II as her annus horribilis , Carter called on New Zealanders to write in to express their support for her, having written to The Times of London criticising the British media's apparent lack of respect towards the Queen. Inundated with letters of support, he remarked that "we wanted her to know we cared". In March 1994 he publicly disavowed Prime Minister Jim Bolger's call for a New Zealand republic.


In 1990, Carter was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. [13] In the 2012 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament. [14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Barker
Minister of Civil Defence
Succeeded by
Craig Foss
Preceded by
Ruth Dyson
Minister for Senior Citizens
Preceded by
Winston Peters
Minister of Racing
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Neill Austin
Member of Parliament for Bay of Islands
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Far North
Member of Parliament for Northland
Succeeded by
Mike Sabin