Todd McClay

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Todd McClay

MP
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Rotorua
Assumed office
8 December 2008
Preceded by Steve Chadwick
Majority7,418
11th Minister of Trade
In office
14 December 2015 26 October 2017
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Tim Groser
Succeeded by David Parker (as Minister for Trade and Export Growth)
Minister of State Owned Enterprises
In office
8 October 2014 26 October 2017
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Tony Ryall
Succeeded by Winston Peters
3rd Minister of Revenue
In office
10 June 2013 14 December 2015
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Peter Dunne
Succeeded by Michael Woodhouse
Personal details
Born (1968-11-22) 22 November 1968 (age 50)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s)Nadene McClay
Relations Roger McClay (father)
Residence Rotorua, New Zealand
OccupationMember of Parliament for Rotorua
Website http://www.toddmcclay.co.nz/

Todd Michael McClay (born 22 November 1968) is a New Zealand politician and former ambassador. He is the Member of Parliament for Rotorua. He was previously an ambassador for the Cook Islands and Niue to the European Union.

Rotorua (New Zealand electorate)

Rotorua is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was first established in 1919, and has existed continuously since 1954. The current MP for Rotorua is Todd McClay of the National Party, who won the electorate in the 2008 general election from incumbent Labour MP Steve Chadwick.

Cook Islands state in the South Pacific Ocean

The Cook Islands is a self-governing island country in the South Pacific Ocean in free association with New Zealand. It comprises 15 islands whose total land area is 240 square kilometres (92.7 sq mi). The Cook Islands' Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 1,800,000 square kilometres (690,000 sq mi) of ocean.

Niue island country in the South Pacific Ocean

Niue is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, 2,400 kilometres (1,500 mi) northeast of New Zealand, east of Tonga, south of Samoa, and west of the Cook Islands. Niue's land area is about 261 square kilometres (101 sq mi) and its population, predominantly Polynesian, was about 1,600 in 2016. The island is commonly referred to as "The Rock", which comes from the traditional name "Rock of Polynesia". Niue is one of the world's largest coral islands. The terrain of the island has two noticeable levels. The higher level is made up of a limestone cliff running along the coast, with a plateau in the centre of the island reaching approximately 60 metres high above sea level. The lower level is a coastal terrace approximately 0.5 km wide and about 25–27 metres high, which slopes down and meets the sea in small cliffs. A coral reef surrounds the island, with the only major break in the reef being in the central western coast, close to the capital, Alofi. A notable feature are the many limestone caves near the coast.

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Early life

McClay was born in Rotorua in 1968. The son of former National MP Roger McClay, he was educated at Tauhara College in Taupo, Wesley College in Auckland and Wellington Polytechnic in Wellington. He gained a bachelor's degree in Politics.

Roger Neville McClay, QSO is a former New Zealand politician and convicted fraudster.

Tauhara College

Tauhara College is a state coeducational secondary school located in Taupo, New Zealand. Serving Years 9 to 13, the school has a roll of approximately 600 students.

Taupo Secondary urban area in North Island, New Zealand

Taupo is a town on the shore of Lake Taupo, which occupies the caldera of the Taupo Volcano in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat of the Taupo District Council and lies in the southern Waikato Region.

European Union diplomatic career

McClay worked in the European Parliament as Head of Staff to Lord Plumb, President of the European Parliament and Leader of the British Conservatives in the European Parliament. He has also been active in European government affairs and lobbying, and was a founder and CEO of a company, Political Relationship Management. McClay has been active in Pacific Islands, European and New Zealand diplomacy and politics since 1992, and was the Cook Islands' first accredited diplomat outside of the Pacific region. He remains the youngest-ever appointed Head of Mission to the European Union.

European Parliament directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union

The European Parliament (EP) is the only parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU) that is directly elected by EU citizens aged 18 or older. Together with the Council of the European Union, which should not be confused with the European Council and the Council of Europe, it exercises the legislative function of the EU. The Parliament is composed of 751 members (MEPs), that will become 705 starting from the 2019–2024 legislature, who represent the second-largest democratic electorate in the world and the largest trans-national democratic electorate in the world.

President of the European Parliament position

The President of the European Parliament presides over the debates and activities of the European Parliament. They also represent the Parliament within the EU and internationally. The president's signature is required for enacting most EU laws and the EU budget.

Pacific Islands Wikimedia list article

The Pacific Islands are the islands of the Pacific Ocean. Three major groups of islands in the Pacific Ocean are Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia.

In 2000 the Cook Islands joined the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP) and he was appointed as special representative of the Cook Islands. [1] In 2002 the Cook Islands government upgraded its representation to the level of diplomatic mission, at which time McClay was appointed Ambassador to the EU. [2] [3] He has represented the Cook Islands at many international meetings and conferences, including the WTO, FAO, ACP, EU and UN. [4]

Cotonou Agreement

The Cotonou Agreement is a treaty between the European Union and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States. It was signed in June 2000 in Cotonou, Benin's largest city, by 78 ACP countries and the then fifteen Member States of the European Union. It entered into force in 2003 and was subsequently revised in 2005 and 2010.

Africa The second largest and second most-populous continent, mostly in the Northern and Eastern Hemispheres

Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent, being behind Asia in both categories. At about 30.3 million km2 including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20% of its land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognised sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. The majority of the continent and its countries are in the Northern Hemisphere, with a substantial portion and number of countries in the Southern Hemisphere.

Caribbean region to the center-east of America composed of many islands and of coastal regions of continental countries surrounding the Caribbean Sea

The Caribbean is a region of The Americas that consists of the Caribbean Sea, its islands and the surrounding coasts. The region is southeast of the Gulf of Mexico and the North American mainland, east of Central America, and north of South America.

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2008 2011 49th Rotorua 54 National
2011 2014 50th Rotorua47 National
2014 2017 51st Rotorua23 National
2017 present 52nd Rotorua14 National

In 2008, McClay was selected as the National Party candidate to stand for the Rotorua electorate in the 2008 New Zealand general election, running against incumbent Labour MP Steve Chadwick. [5] McClay won the seat of Rotorua on election night with a majority of 5,065 (15.43%). He was sworn in as a Member of Parliament on 8 December 2008.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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.

The New Zealand Labour Party, or simply Labour, is a centre-left political party in New Zealand. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as democratic socialism, while observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. It is a participant of the international Progressive Alliance.

Steve Chadwick New Zealand politician

Stephanie Anne "Steve" Chadwick is a New Zealand politician. She became the Mayor of Rotorua after her election victory in the 2013 local body elections. She previously held the positions of Minister of Conservation, Women's Affairs, and Associate Health in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand.

In 2009 his Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 Repeal (Easter Sunday Local Choice) Amendment Bill was drawn from the ballot. [6] The bill would have allowed local authorities to permit shops to open on Easter Sunday - something currently prohibited in most of New Zealand. The bill was narrowly defeated at its first reading. [7]

In 2011 McClay announced his intention to bring a bill before Parliament to prohibit the display of gang insignia in all government premises, schools and hospitals in New Zealand. Modeled on the Whanganui Gang Insignia Act, McClay's announcement was met with strong public support. [8] [9] The Bill received Royal Assent on 12 August 2013 and became law the day after. [10]

In 2011, McClay was reelected as the Member of Parliament for Rotorua increasing his majority to 7,357 votes.

McClay voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand. [11]

In September 2014, Mr McClay was again elected as Member of Parliament for Rotorua with an increased majority of 7,418, after beating Labour Candidate and former TV weatherman, Tamati Coffey. Mr McClay's list ranking also took a large jump when announced prior to the election, moving up 24 spots from 47 to 23.

He lives in Rotorua with his wife, Nadene, and their four children.

Appointment as Minister

In 2013 he was appointed Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health, serving outside of Cabinet. [12]

In 2014 he was appointed Associate Minister for Tourism. [13]

Following the 2014 election, McClay was promoted to Cabinet retaining his position as Minister of Revenue, while picking up the portfolios of State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Trade. [14]

Following the resigination of former Trade Minister Tim Groser, McClay became Minister of Trade on 14 December 2015. He retained State Owned Enterprises and Associate Foreign Affairs, while handing over Inland Revenue to Michael Woodhouse.

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References

  1. Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine .
  2. "Cook Islands Government Structure". Ck/govt2.htm. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  3. https://web.archive.org/web/20110519135955/http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/photo/photo_country_en.cfm?id=2086&country=Cook%20Islands. Archived from the original on 19 May 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2016.Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. Taipari, Greg (20 March 2008). "National chooses Rotorua candidate". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 12 November 2008.
  5. "Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 Repeal (Easter Sunday Local Choice) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  6. "Easter trading bill defeated on conscience vote". Stuff. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  7. "Todd McClay seeks to ban gang patches - Rotorua Daily Post - Rotorua Daily Post News". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  8. "Editorial: Gang bill likely to reduce influence - Opinion - Rotorua Daily Post News". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  9. "Prohibition of Gang Insignia in Government Premises Act 2013 No 56, Public Act Contents – New Zealand Legislation". Legislation.govt.nz. 2013-08-12. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
  10. "Rotorua MP votes against gay marriage bill". Rotorua Daily Post. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2016.
  11. "Dunne's portfolios handed to MP McClay". Stuff. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013.
  12. "New ministerial role for Rotorua MP Todd McClay". NZHerald. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  13. "Todd McClay promoted to cabinet minister - Rotorua Daily Post - Rotorua Daily Post News". Nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 2015-06-11.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Steve Chadwick
Member of Parliament for Rotorua
2008–present
Incumbent