I was born in Roxburgh in 1960, but grew up and studied in Dunedin, eventually gaining a BCom/LLB from the University of Otago.
From there I went on to co-found the Dunedin Community Law Center and became a litigation and managing partner in Dunedin law firm Anderson Lloyd.
My business experience is in the agri-biotechnology field, where I helped start up bio-tech businesses, including innovative BLIS Technologies, as well as in more traditional industries. I am also an experienced manager and director.
In 2002 I became an MP when I won the previously safe National seat of Otago. I was appointed to Cabinet in 2005, and since then have been the Attorney-General, and the Minister of Transport, State Services and Land Information.
I am passionate about finding solutions to grow the New Zealand economy through innovation-led exporting. I believe that economic growth needs to provide for everybody, prevent extremes of rich and poor worsening in New Zealand and keep essential services for the community.
I am an avid tramper and I love to be outdoors. I am dedicated to lifting New Zealand’s environmental performance and was nominated by the Listener magazine as environmentalist of the year for my work as Minister of Energy and Climate Change. I was also one of the chief pioneers of New Zealand’s emissions trading scheme, described by many as the most significant environmental reform in decades.
I believe in the ability of New Zealand to be great, and I plan on playing my part in making it that way. Thank you for visiting my website,