Amy Adams (politician)

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The Honourable
Amy Adams
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Selwyn
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
14 December 2011 – 3 April 2012
Preceded by Nathan Guy
Succeeded by Chris Tremain
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
Assumed office
14 December 2011
Preceded by Steven Joyce
Minister of the Environment
Assumed office
3 April 2012
Preceded by Nick Smith
Personal details
Born 1971 (age 42–43)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) Don
Children Two
Residence Aylesbury
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Profession Lawyer

Amy Adams (born 1971) is a member of the New Zealand Parliament and Minister for the Environment, Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.[1] She currently represents the Selwyn electorate and is a member of the National Party.

Private life[edit]

Adams attended Rangitoto College, then graduated from the University of Canterbury with an LLB with First-Class Honours.

Adams' house in Aylesbury stands close to the faultline and epicentre of the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, which caused significant damage to her property, but inspection deemed it safe enough to live in.[2]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th Selwyn 52 National
2011 – present 50th Selwyn 28 National

Adams was selected as the National party candidate for the Selwyn seat for the 2008 general election after a contested selection.[3] She won the Selwyn seat with a comfortable majority, achieving 60% of the electorate votes cast. This compares with the National Party achieving 55% of party votes.[4]

In 2009 her Fair Trading (Soliciting on Behalf of Charities) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[5] The bill required fundraising companies to disclose the proportion of funds they passed on to the charities they collect for.[6] The bill passed its third reading in June 2012.

Adams was made Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee and the Electoral Legislation Committee for the final months of the 49th Parliament and was appointed a Cabinet Minister for Internal Affairs, Communications and Associate Earthquake Recovery after the National Party won a second term in Government.[7] After a reshuffle of cabinet responsibilities caused by the resignation of Nick Smith, Adams was made Minister for the Environment, while the responsibility for Internal Affairs was passed to Chris Tremain.


  1. ^ "Amy Adams". Amy Adams. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  2. ^ 1
  3. ^ Wilson, Peter (12 May 2008). "National selects Amy Adams for Selwyn Seat". National Business Review. NZPA. Retrieved 2008-12-26. 
  4. ^ "Selwyn: Electoral Profile". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  5. ^ "Fair Trading (Soliciting on Behalf of Charities) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Bill forces donation disclosure". Stuff. 2009-12-09. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Amy Adams". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 

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New Zealand Parliament
In abeyance
Title last held by
David Carter
Member of Parliament for Selwyn
2008 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
Nathan Guy
Minister for Internal Affairs
2011 – 2012
Succeeded by
Chris Tremain
Preceded by
Steven Joyce
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
2011 –
Preceded by
Nick Smith
Minister for the Environment
2012 –