Craig Foss

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The Honourable
Craig Foss
Minister of Civil Defence
In office
8 June 2011 – 22 January 2013
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by John Carter
Succeeded by Nikki Kaye
Minister for Senior Citizens
In office
8 June 2011 – 14 December 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by John Carter
Succeeded by Jo Goodhew
Majority 2,402 (2005)[1]
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tukituki
Assumed office
17 September 2005
Preceded by Rick Barker
Personal details
Born 4 July 1963
Lower Hutt, Wellington
Political party National
Spouse(s) Kristal Foss
Children Two daughters
Profession Investment banker

Craig Foss (born 4 July 1963), is a New Zealand investment banker and politician, and currently serves as a Member of Parliament.

Early years[edit]

Foss was born on 4 July 1963 in Lower Hutt, and attended Victoria University of Wellington, completing a BCA. He worked in the banking sector. He was Chief Dealer for the Bank of New Zealand.[2] Subsequently, he worked for Credit Suisse Financial Products as Interest Rate Risk Manager in London and Tokyo.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Tukituki 44 National
2008–2011 49th Tukituki 33 National
2011 – present 50th Tukituki 21 National

In the 2002 election, Foss first contested the Tukituki electorate, but was beaten by Labour's incumbent, Rick Barker, by a large margin.[3] His list ranking at 47th place was not high enough to enter Parliament.[4]

Foss contested the same electorate in 2005, this time ranked 44th on the party list, and managed to defeat Barker. He won the Tukituki seat and entered Parliament. He was returned to the 49th Parliament, holding the Tukituki seat, in the 2008 election.

On 8 June 2011, Foss became Minister of Civil Defence, replacing John Carter who left to take up a High Commissioner post in the Cook Islands.[5] He remained in that role until 14 December 2011, when he was succeeded by Nikki Kaye.[2]

At the same time, Foss also picked up the Racing and Senior Citizens portfolios but remained a Minister outside Cabinet for the remainder of the 49th New Zealand Parliament. He also relinquished those ministerial roles on 14 December 2011, with Jo Goodhew succeeding him as Minister for Senior Citizens.[2]

Foss is currently Minister of Broadcasting, Minister of Commerce, Minister of Consumer Affairs, and Associate Minister for ACC.[2]

Outside Parliament[edit]

Foss owns a small farm and some tourist accommodation.[2]


  1. ^ "Official Count Results -- Tukituki". Electoral Commission. 1 November 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Hon Craig Foss". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Official Count Results -- Tukituki". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "MP Craig Foss picks up ministerial roles". 7 June 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Rick Barker
Member of Parliament for Tukituki
2005 – present
Political offices
Preceded by
John Carter
Minister for Senior Citizens
Succeeded by
Jo Goodhew
Preceded by
Simon Power
Minister of Commerce
2011 – present