John Gregory Collinge (born 10 May 1939) is a former president of the New Zealand National Party and High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.
Collinge was born in the Hastings suburb of Mahora in 1939.He attended Paeroa District High School from 1952 to 1955 and Hastings Boys High School in 1956. He played for the 1st XI and 1xt XV at both schools.
Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The population of Hastings is 70,600, with 45,000 living in the contiguous city and Flaxmere, 13,950 in Havelock North, 2,210 in Clive, and the remainder in the peri-urban area around the city. Hastings is about 18 kilometres inland of the coastal city of Napier. These two neighbouring cities are often called "The Bay Cities" or "The Twin Cities". The combined population of the Napier-Hastings Urban Area is 134,500 people, which makes it the sixth-largest urban area in New Zealand, closely following Tauranga (141,600).
Mahora is a suburb of the city of Hastings, in the Hawke's Bay region of the eastern North Island of New Zealand.
He obtained a LLB from the University of Auckland in 1962 where he was Senior Scholar in Law. He captained the Auckland Brabin Shield (under 20 years) cricket XI (in 1958) and New Zealand Universities XI (1961-1963). He was awarded a Shell scholarship (1962) which took him to Oxford University (University College) (1963-1965) where he obtained a master's degree (M. Litt) and played cricket for the University appearing in first class matches against County sides..
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He lectured law at the University of Leeds (1965 - 1966) and commercial law as Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne (1966 - 1969).He wrote three legal texts: The Law of Competition in New Zealand (Butterworths, 1982, 2nd Edition); Tutorials in Contract (Law Book Company, 1989, 4th Ed); and The Law of Marketing in Australia & New Zealand (Butterworths, 1990, 2nd Ed).
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He practised law in Auckland and engaged in local politics. He became Chairman of the Auckland Electric Power Board for 12 years (1980 - 1992) and Chairman of the Policy & Finance Committee of the Auckland Regional Authority for three (1991 - 1994). He was President of the Electrical Development Association of New Zealand (1991 - 1993) and Chairman of the National Civil Defence Energy Planning (1992 - 1993).
He held company Chairmanships: New Zealand Pelagic Fisheries Ltd (1975 - 1981) and United Distillers (NZ) Ltd (1991) as well as many Deputy Chairmanships and directorships. He was awarded the title Keeper of the Quaich by the Scotch Whisky Association (1994).
He was Chairman of the Commerce Commission of New Zealand (from 1984 - 1989) presiding over the introduction of the Commerce Act 1986 and the Fair Trading Act 1986, thereby overseeing business conduct and de-regulation after the Douglas reforms.
He was President of the National Party (from 1989 to 1994) during the successful elections of 1990 and 1993. He was then appointed High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Ambassador to Ireland and to Nigeria from 1994 to 1997.He was appointed Chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee on the Criteria for Commonwealth Membership of which New Zealand was independently a member (1996-1997).
He represented New Zealand internationally, including as Chairman of the South Pacific Electrical Convention (Sydney, 1981); Chairman of Session, World Alcohol & Drug Conference (Glagow, 1992); Leader of Delegation to People's Republic of China for the National Party (1992); New Zealand representative at the Relief of Warsaw Bi-Centenary (Warsaw, 1995); and Head of Delegation, European Bank for Redevelopment (Sofia, 1996).
Some other roles include: Chairman of Alcohol Advisory Council of New Zealand (1991-1994); President of Auckland Rotary Club (2017- 2018); Patron of the British New Zealand Business Association (1998 - present day); author of An Identity for New Zealand? (Thesaurus Press, 2010); Principal, John Collinge , Barrister & Solicitor.He is a self-declared monarchist.In 1990, he was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.
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