John Gregory Collinge (born 10 May 1939) is a former New Zealand lawyer, politician and diplomat. His former roles include 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 cricket and 1st XV rugby union teams 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 New Zealand's eastern North Island.
Hastings Boys' High School is a boys' secondary school in Hastings, New Zealand. The school is part of the Super 8. The school was founded in 1904 as Hastings High School. In 1922, it became Hastings Technical School under the leadership of William Penlington, who remained headmaster until 1949.
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 University College, Oxford (1963–1965), where he obtained a master's degree (MLitt) and played cricket for the university, appearing in first-class matches against County sides..
Bachelor of Laws is an undergraduate law degree in England and most common law jurisdictions—except the United States and Canada— which allows a person to become a lawyer. It historically served this purpose in the U.S. as well, but was phased out in the mid-1960s in favour of the Juris Doctor degree, and Canada followed suit. Bachelor of Laws is also the name of the law degree awarded by universities in Scotland and South Africa.
The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.
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Collinge 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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The University of Melbourne is a public research university located in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria. Melbourne's main campus is located in Parkville, an inner suburb north of the Melbourne central business district, with several other campuses located across Victoria.
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 and 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 (from 1984 to 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.
The Commerce Commission is a New Zealand government agency charged with enforcing legislation that promotes competition in the country's markets and prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct by traders. It is an independent, quasi-judicial body, established under the Commerce Act 1986. The purpose of the Act is to promote competition in New Zealand's economy. It prohibits conducts that restricts competition and the purchase of a business's shares or assets if that purchase leads to a substantial lessening of competition in the market.
The term Rogernomics, a portmanteau of "Roger" and "economics", was coined by journalists at the New Zealand Listener by analogy with Reaganomics to describe the neoliberal economic policies followed by Roger Douglas after his appointment in 1984 as Minister of Finance in the Fourth Labour Government of New Zealand. Rogernomics was characterised by market-led restructuring and deregulation and the control of inflation through tight monetary policy, accompanied by a floating exchange rate and reductions in the fiscal deficit. Douglas came from a background of Labour Party politics. His adoption of policies more usually associated with the political right, and their implementation by the Fourth Labour Government, were the subject of lasting controversy.
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); 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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