|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wellington Central
1992 – 1993
|Preceded by||Fran Wilde|
|Succeeded by||Pauline Gardiner|
|Born||16 November 1943|
|Relations||Sue Kedgley (sister-in-law)|
|Place of birth||Dunedin|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||78 kg (170 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
Academic and Rugby Union
In 1972, Laidlaw joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as Assistant to Commonwealth Secretary-General Sonny Ramphal. In 1986, Laidlaw became New Zealand's first resident High Commissioner to Harare, representing New Zealand's interests throughout Africa. In 1989, Laidlaw was appointed Race Relations Conciliator.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Laidlaw won the Wellington Central by-election in 1992, following the election of Fran Wilde to the Wellington mayoralty. He failed to win re-election (to the renamed Wellington-Karori electorate) in the 1993 General election, losing to National's Pauline Gardiner.
Laidlaw is a supporter of a New Zealand republic. In 1997 he published remarks allegedly made to him by Prince Charles during his visit of that year, which appeared to show the Prince implicitly supports a New Zealand republic. Laidlaw later published the claim in his book Rights of Passage, and again in his New Zealand Herald column in March 2005, during Prince Charles' visit. No comment was made by the Prince as to the veracity of the comments.
Wellington Regional Council
Laidlaw is a councillor of the Wellington Regional Council, representing the Wellington constituency. He was re-elected at the New Zealand local elections, 2010 with 24,838 votes. The council has occupied much of his time in recent years. He was elected at the New Zealand local elections, 2007 with 24,757 votes, the greatest number of votes for any candidate that year. He currently also hosts the Radio New Zealand National Radio Sunday morning slot.
Laidlaw is married to Helen Kedgley, and is a brother-in-law of former Green MP Sue Kedgley. He has two children, daughter Anais Kedgley Laidlaw and son Jackson Kedgley Laidlaw.
- "2010 Results » Greater Wellington Regional Council". Greater Wellington Regional Council. 11 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
- "Election results 2007". Greater Wellington Regional Council. 15 October 2007. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2007.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chris Laidlaw.|
- University of Otago profile
- NZ Rugby Museum profile
- A Civilising Mission; Otago University
- New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee Rhodes Scholars
- Chris Laidlaw at AllBlacks.com
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Wellington Central
Constituency abolished, recreated in 1996
Title next held byRichard Prebble