Annette King

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The Honourable
Annette King
MP
Annette King MP
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
In office
11 November 2008 – 13 December 2011
Leader Phil Goff
Preceded by Bill English
Succeeded by Grant Robertson
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
In office
11 November 2008 – 13 December 2011
Leader Phil Goff
Preceded by Michael Cullen
Succeeded by Grant Robertson
35th Minister of Health
In office
10 December 1999 – 19 October 2005
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by Bill English
Succeeded by Pete Hodgson
Minister of Police
In office
19 October 2005 – 19 November 2008
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by George Hawkins
Succeeded by Judith Collins
Minister of Transport
In office
3 May 2006 – 19 November 2008
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Succeeded by Simon Power
45th Minister of Justice
In office
31 October 2007 – 19 November 2008
Prime Minister Helen Clark
Preceded by Mark Burton
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Horowhenua
In office
1984–1990
Preceded by Geoffrey Thompson
Succeeded by Hamish Hancock
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Miramar
In office
1993–1996
Preceded by Graeme Reeves
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Rongotai
Incumbent
Assumed office
1996
Majority 9,020 (24.1%)
Personal details
Born (1947-09-13) 13 September 1947 (age 67)
Murchison, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Profession Dental Nurse

Annette Faye King[1] (born 13 September 1947) is a New Zealand politician. She was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in New Zealand. She was a Cabinet Minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand. She is the current MP for Rongotai, in Wellington.

Early life[edit]

King was born in Murchison, a town in the Tasman region of the South Island. After receiving primary and secondary education in Murchison, she attended the University of Waikato and gained a BA degree. She then obtained a post-graduate diploma in dental nursing, and worked as a dental nurse from 1967 to 1981. She was a tutor of dental nursing in Wellington from 1982 to 1984.

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1984–1987 41st Horowhenua Labour
1987–1990 42nd Horowhenua Labour
1993–1996 44th Miramar Labour
1996–1999 45th Rongotai 6 Labour
1999–2002 46th Rongotai 4 Labour
2002–2005 47th Rongotai 7 Labour
2005–2008 48th Rongotai 7 Labour
2008–2011 49th Rongotai 4 Labour
2011–2014 50th Rongotai 2 Labour
2014–present 51st Rongotai 4 Labour

King joined the Labour Party in 1972, and has held various offices within the party (including a term on the party's Executive).

In the 1984 elections, she stood as the party's candidate for Horowhenua, and was successful. She was re-elected in the 1987 election.

Following the 1987 election, she was appointed parliamentary undersecretary to the Minister of Employment and of Social Welfare. In 1989, she was elevated to Cabinet, becoming Minister of Employment, Minister of Immigration, and Minister of Youth Affairs. She was also given special responsibility for liaising between Cabinet and the party caucus.

In the 1990 election, King lost her Horowhenua seat, and so found herself outside Parliament. She served as Chief Executive of the Palmerston North Enterprise Board from 1991 until the 1993 election, when she was returned to Parliament as the MP for Miramar. In the 1996 election, when the shift to MMP prompted a reorganization of electorates, King successfully contested the new seat of Rongotai, which she still represents. She was also ranked in sixth place on the Labour Party's first MMP party list.

When Labour won the 1999 election, and Helen Clark became Prime Minister, King was appointed Minister of Health. She was ranked sixth within Cabinet. After winning a third term at the 2005 election, King took on the roles of Minister of Transport and Minister of Police. Following another reshuffle in late 2007, King became the new Minister of Justice. Before the 2008 general election she was elevated to number four on the party list.

Deputy Leader of the Opposition[edit]

Labour was defeated in the 2008 election by the National Party led by relative newcomer John Key. King retained her seat with a majority of about 7,800.[2] Annette King became the deputy leader of the Labour Party in a special caucus meeting on 11 November 2008 replacing former Deputy Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen. Phil Goff, another senior Labour Party member, became the leader of the Labour Party, replacing former Prime Minister Helen Clark.[3] King stood again for Rongotai in the 2011 general election. She is currently ranked Second in the Labour Party Caucus.

Annette King was selected as the Labour candidate for the Rongotai electorate in the 2011 election. Following the defeat of the Labour Party in the 2011 election, Annette King announced she would step down as Deputy Leader of the Labour party, and Deputy Leader of the Opposition effective 13 December 2011.

Personal[edit]

She is a cousin of National minister Chris Finlayson (with whom she traded insults in 2013). [4]

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Geoffrey Thompson
Member of Parliament for Horowhenua
1984–1990
Succeeded by
Hamish Hancock
Preceded by
Graeme Reeves
Member of Parliament for Miramar
1993–1996
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Rongotai
1996 – present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Wyatt Creech
Minister of Health
1999–2005
Succeeded by
Pete Hodgson
Preceded by
Bill English
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Grant Robertson
Preceded by
George Hawkins
Minister of Police
2005–2008
Succeeded by
Judith Collins
Preceded by
Mark Burton
Minister of Justice
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Simon Power
Party political offices
Preceded by
Michael Cullen
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Grant Robertson