Tim Groser

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Tim Groser
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New Zealand Ambassador
to the United States
In office
New Zealand Parliament
2005 2008 48th List13 National
2008 2011 49th List 15 National
2011 2014 50th List 12 National
2014 2015 51st List 14 National

In 2005 Groser opted to leave the civil service and run for Parliament. He was selected to stand as a list-only candidate for the National Party in the 2005 election. He was placed 13th on the list and as a result was comfortably elected.

After the 2008 election he was given a Cabinet position with the Conservation and Trade portfolios.

Groser made international headlines in late 2012 when he said that the New Zealand Government would not sign up for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. [7] [8] Tim Groser said the 15-year-old agreement was outdated, and that New Zealand was "ahead of the curve" in looking for a replacement that would include developing nations. [9]

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Groser speaking at the WTO Director-General selection process in 2013

In December 2012, the New Zealand Government announced that it was supporting Groser's bid to become the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization, a position which became vacant at the end of May 2013 with the retirement of Pascal Lamy. [10] Groser's bid was eventually unsuccessful and the Brazilian diplomat Roberto Azevêdo was elected as the Director General of the WTO in May 2013. [11] On 22 March 2015, The Intercept news website claimed that New Zealand's signals intelligence agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau, had spied on other WTO directorship contenders on behalf of Groser. Known targets included candidates from Brazil, Costa Rica, Ghana, Jordan, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and South Korea. [12]

Despite no official announcement having been made, New Zealand media reported earlier in 2015 that Groser was "widely expected" to replace Mike Moore as ambassador to the United States. [13] [14] This was confirmed by prime minister John Key on 7 December 2015, with Groser relinquishing his roles on 14 December. [15] Groser will take up his post as ambassador in early 2016. [16]

In July 2015, Groser said he believed reasonable people were being "whipped up into a frenzy" over issues like pharmaceutical costs and investor-state dispute settlement by people who, for ideological reasons, oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. [17]

Post-parliamentary life

Groser resigned from Parliament on 19 December 2015 to take up the role of New Zealand's ambassador to the United States of America. He served a three-year appointment until August 2018. Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters denied that Groser had been recalled, stating that Groser had not sought an extension to his three-year term as Ambassador. According to Stuff, the New Zealand Government was unhappy with Groser's failure in securing an exemption from the Trump Administration's steel tariffs. [18]

On 10 July 2023, Groser welcomed New Zealand's recently-signed free trade agreement with the European Union, stating that the "deal is more valuable strategically and politically than economically for the EU bloc, and helps New Zealand diversify away from China." [19]

Personal life

Groser converted to Islam to marry Milda Emza, an Indonesian Muslim and his second wife, in 1996, during his tenure as ambassador to Indonesia. They are no longer married. [20]

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Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Conservation
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Trade
Succeeded by