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About Chris

9001290621_b176da800c_bChris was born in Wellington in 1956. At various stages of his career, he has been a Branch, Electorate and Regional Chair of the National Party. He has also served on the Rules Committee of the National Party and as the Chairman of the Policy Consultation Committee.

After college, Chris attended Victoria University, Wellington, where he graduated with a BA in Latin and French and a Masters Degree in Law. For twenty-five years he has practised law in Wellington, first in a firm called Brandons where he was a partner for a number of years then, from 1990 – 2002 as a partner in Bell Gully in Wellington. In 2003 Chris became a barrister sole.

Over the years, Chris has represented clients in all of New Zealand’s Courts and Tribunals, including nine appearances in the Privy Council. He is currently a member of the Rules Committee of the High Court. This Committee regulates court procedures in New Zealand. For many years he maintained his links to academic life through part-time teaching at Victoria University’s Law Faculty.

Chris served on Creative New Zealand’s Board for six years and Chaired the Arts Board from 1998 – 2001. He is a former Trustee of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation and is well known for his sponsorship of the arts.

Chris entered Parliament in 2005. Following the 2008 election he was appointed Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage. He was reappointed to these positions in 2011. Additionally he was appointed Associate Minister of Maori Affairs. Following the 2014 election, Chris was reappointed as Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, and made Associate Minister of Maori Development, Minister in Charge of the NZSIS and Minister responsible for the GCSB.

portfolios

Portfolios

Chris holds a number of Ministerial responsibilities in the National-led Government and serves as a member of Cabinet.

Attorney-General

Attorney-General

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Treaty Negotiations

Treaty Negotiations

Minister View Details
Maori Development

Maori Development

Associate Minister View Details
Security Intelligence & GCSB

Security Intelligence & GCSB

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Attorney-General

Attorney-General

As Attorney-General, I am Minister responsible for the Crown Law Office and the Parliamentary Counsel Office. I am also senior law officer of the Crown, which means I am the principal legal adviser to the Government with similar responsibilities to those of any legal adviser towards a client. My role includes giving legal advice and encouraging Ministerial colleagues to seek appropriate legal advice in the course of Government decision-making. In addition, I have overall responsibility for the conduct of all legal proceedings involving the Crown.

The Solicitor-General is junior law officer of the Crown and Chief Executive of Crown Law. This is a politically neutral public service position.

Treaty Negotiations

Treaty Negotiations

Minister

Treaty settlements are as much about recognition and healing as they are about recompense. Settlements address our past and invest in a common future.

This work has been my responsibility as Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations since 2008. Good progress has been made to resolve historical grievances in that time.

After three years of steady acceleration, the government has now reached an unprecedented pace in the settlement of historic Treaty claims. This is a result of the government’s goal of reaching full and final settlements in a timely fashion, and a recognition that New Zealanders want to see these historical grievances settled so we can move on – as one country.

Maori Development

Maori Development

Associate Minister
Security Intelligence & GCSB

Security Intelligence & GCSB

Minister Responsible

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