Todd Muller

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Todd Muller

MP
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Bay of Plenty
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by Tony Ryall
Majority13,996
Personal details
Born
Todd Michael Muller

(1968-12-23) 23 December 1968 (age 50)
Te Aroha, New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s)Michelle Muller
Children3
Website https://toddmuller.national.org.nz/

Todd Michael Muller (born 23 December 1968) is a New Zealand politician who was elected to Parliament at the 2014 general election as the MP for Bay of Plenty. He is a member of the New Zealand National Party.

2014 New Zealand general election

The 2014 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 20 September 2014 to determine the membership of the 51st New Zealand Parliament.

Bay of Plenty (New Zealand electorate) electorate in New Zealand

Bay of Plenty is a New Zealand electoral division returning one member to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current representative is Todd Muller of the National Party, first elected at the 2014 election. He replaced Tony Ryall, also of the National Party, who retired after representing the seat since 1996.

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.

Contents

Muller is the Opposition Spokesperson for climate change.

Personal life

Muller was born in Te Aroha and raised in Te Puna, a small rural settlement just out of Tauranga in New Zealand. He attended the University of Waikato earning his master's degree in politics and history. Muller is married to Michelle and is father to their three children.

Te Aroha Minor urban area in Waikato, New Zealand

Te Aroha is a rural town in the Waikato region of New Zealand with a population of 3,906 people in the 2013 census, an increase of 138 people since 2006. It is 53 km (33 mi) northeast of Hamilton and 50 km (31 mi) south of Thames. It sits at the foot of 952 metres (3,123 ft) Mount Te Aroha, the highest point in the Kaimai Range.

Te Puna Place in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Te Puna is a rural community near Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located on State Highway 2, north of Bethlehem and south of Katikati.

Tauranga City in North Island, New Zealand

Tauranga is the most populous city in the Bay of Plenty region of the North Island of New Zealand. It was settled by Māori late in the 13th century and by Europeans in the early 19th century and was constituted as a city in 1963. Tauranga City is the centre of the fifth largest urban area in New Zealand, with an urban population of 141,600.

Career

Muller began his career with the New Zealand National Party, then worked as a staffer for former Prime Minister Jim Bolger. His recent career experience includes roles as a general manager for kiwifruit company Zespri, chief executive of Bay of Plenty company Apata Ltd who specialise in post-harvest operations, and most recently as Group Director Cooperative Affairs for Fonterra. He is a former Waikato University councillor, and sat on the boards of Plant and Food Research and the Sustainable Business Council.

Jim Bolger Prime Minister of New Zealand, politician

James Brendan Bolger is a New Zealand politician of the National Party who was the 35th Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving from 1990 to 1997.

Kiwifruit edible berry of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia, native to China

Kiwifruit, or Chinese gooseberry, is the edible berry of several species of woody vines in the genus Actinidia. The most common cultivar group of kiwifruit is oval, about the size of a large hen's egg. It has a thin, hair-like, fibrous, sour-but-edible light brown skin and light green or golden flesh with rows of tiny, black, edible seeds. The fruit has a soft texture with a sweet and unique flavour. China produced 50% of the world total of kiwifruit in 2017.

Zespri

Zespri International Limited is the world’s largest marketer of kiwifruit. Zespri was formed as a co-operative of kiwifruit growers in New Zealand in 1997. Its international headquarters are in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2014 2017 51st Bay of Plenty 59 National
2017 present 52nd Bay of Plenty43 National

Muller is currently the Member of Parliament for the Bay of Plenty electorate. Muller was selected to replace Tony Ryall in 2014. [1] He is currently the Deputy Chair of the Environment Select Committee. He has previously served as Chair of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee, and as Deputy Chair of the Education Select Committee.

Tony Ryall New Zealand politician

Anthony Boyd Williams Ryall is a New Zealand former politician. He represented the National Party in the New Zealand Parliament from 1990 to 2014. Since November 2008, he served as a cabinet minister, holding the posts of Minister of Health, Minister of State Services and Minister of State Owned Enterprises. He served previously in the Shipley Cabinet between 1997 and 1999. He announced in February 2014 that he was to retire from politics at that year's general election. He is chief executive of BestStart Educare, an early childhood education provider.

Portfolios

Opposition Spokesperson
November 2017 - March 2018Crown/Maori Relations
November 2017 – presentClimate Change

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References

  1. Todd Muller selected for Bay of Plenty electorate nzherald.co.nz, 3 June 2014 Archived 3 June 2014 at the Wayback Machine
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tony Ryall
Member of Parliament for Bay of Plenty
2014–present
Incumbent