Member of Parliament
Parliament of New Zealand
BA (triple Major) and MBA, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand; postgraduate studies, Harvard University. Former business owner; also worked in public and corporate affairs, and as Senior Adviser to the former New Zealand Prime Minister, Director-General of the WTO and current New Zealand Ambassador to the US. 1999, elected Labour Party Member of Parliament for Waimakariri; 2005-08, held several ministerial roles, including Minister of Immigration, Associate Finance Minister, Minister of Building and Construction, Associate Justice Minister, Minister of Small Business, Minister of Sport and Minister for the Rugby World Cup; 2008-11, Labour's spokesperson on Law and Order, Police, Corrections and State-Owned Enterprises, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, and Associate Finance spokesperson; also Deputy Chairperson, Law and Order Parliamentary Select Committee; currently, Labour Party Spokesperson for Commerce, Trade Negotiations, State-Owned Enterprises, Small Business, and Associate Finance Spokesperson; also Deputy Chairperson, Commerce Parliamentary Select Committee. Global Leader for Tomorrow, World Economic Forum (2002); Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2005).