Chester Borrows

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The Honourable
Kerry James "Chester" Borrows
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Whanganui
Assumed office
Preceded by Jill Pettis
Majority 6,333
Minister of Courts
Assumed office
12 December 2011
Preceded by Georgina Te Heuheu
Personal details
Born (1957-06-20) 20 June 1957 (age 57)
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National

Kerry James "Chester" Borrows (born 1957) is a New Zealand politician.

Early years[edit]

Borrows initially worked as a police officer, and later gained an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington in a record time of two years and 14 days.[citation needed] He was admitted to the bar in 2002, and worked as a corporate lawyer in Hawera.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Whanganui 34 National
2008–2011 49th Whanganui 42 National
2011 – present 50th Whanganui 32 National

In the 2005 election, Borrows stood as the National Party's candidate for seat of Whanganui, and was successful, defeating the incumbent Jill Pettis of the Labour Party. He had been unsuccessful in the 1999 and 2002 elections, and had decided stand again after initial reluctance.

Borrows had proposed an amendment to the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill (now passed into law as the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007) that allowed for the use of force on children providing that is does not "cause or contribute materially to harm that is more than transitory and trifling".[1]

After the 2011 election Borrows was appointed a Minister outside Cabinet for Courts; his appointment being alongside new Ministers outside Cabinet Jo Goodhew and Chris Tremain. He replaced outgoing MP Georgina Teheuheu and also received the associate portfolios of Justice and Social Development

Personal life[edit]

Borrows was born in Nelson on 20 June 1957. His parents were lifelong socialists. He joined the police force after leaving school in the sixth form, and was "sole charge cop" at Patea from 1985 to 1988. He now lives in Hawera with his wife, Ella and has three children, Zac, Abi and Katy. He is a lay preacher in the Presbyterian Church. In 2007 he had a "stomach-stapling" operation to reduce weight.


  1. ^ "Assessing the Chester Borrow’s proposal" (PDF). March 2007. Retrieved 2008-08-25. 

External links[edit]

  • Chester's Patch: Interview with Steve Braunias, Sunday Star-Times, 17 June 2007, page A18
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jill Pettis
Member of Parliament for Whanganui
2005 –
Political offices
Preceded by
Georgina te Heuheu
Minister of Courts Incumbent