John Hayes (New Zealand politician)

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John Hayes
ONZM
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wairarapa
Incumbent
Assumed office
17 September 2005
Preceded by Georgina Beyer
Personal details
Born (1948-03-15) 15 March 1948 (age 66)
Political party National

John Bernard Hayes,[1] ONZM (born 15 March 1948) is a New Zealand politician and diplomat. He became a MP in 2005, representing the electorate of Wairarapa for the National Party. He is to retire in 2014.[2]

Career[edit]

After a period working as an economist, Hayes joined the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has represented New Zealand in Singapore, India, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia (as chargé d’affaires), in Papua New Guinea (as High Commissioner) and in Iran (as Ambassador, 1993–1995). He served as Principal Private Secretary to Mike Moore during Moore's tenure of the cabinet portfolio of Overseas Trade and Marketing (1984–1990).

As New Zealand's High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea (1989–1993), Hayes took a very active role alongside the former New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Don McKinnon during the Bougainville conflict in the 1990s. He became involved in negotiations for setting up peace-talks by visiting leaders of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA), and of its affiliate the Bougainville Interim Government (BIG). One such meeting saw BRA shooting down Hayes' helicopter.[3] Hayes became an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in recognition of his services.

As of 2008 he functions as a shareholder and director of business interests in the Wairarapa region. He served as a Director of the New Zealand Export Import Corporation for three years.[when?]

Hayes received his secondary education at Rongotai College and holds a BAgrSci degree from Lincoln College. He took part in student politics as President of the Lincoln College Students Association and in the New Zealand University Students' Association. He became the inaugural Chair of the Chartwell School Board under the “Tomorrow's Schools” reforms of the 1980s.

Hayes serves as a trustee of the “We The Peoples Foundation” and of the “Bridget Nicholls Trust”. His interests include yachting and fishing.

John and his wife Helen live in Greytown; their two children work as lawyers.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Wairarapa 50 National
2008–2011 49th Wairarapa 50 National
2011 – present 50th Wairarapa 51 National

In the 2005 election, Hayes contended as a member of the New Zealand National Party, which ranked him 50th on its party list. Simultaneously he stood as a candidate in the Wairarapa electorate, formerly (1999–2005) held by the world's first transsexual mayor (1995–2000), Georgina Beyer, who became a New Zealand Labour Party MP (1999–2007). He won the Wairarapa seat (with a majority of 2752 votes over Denise MacKenzie of the Labour Party.[4]) and entered Parliament. He won the Wairarapa seat again in the 2008 general election, becoming a member of John Key's Fifth National Government of New Zealand. Hayes was ranked 52nd on the National Party list for the 2011 election but won the seat and on 20 December was appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary for Foreign Affairs, reporting to Murray McCully.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Zealand Hansard - Members Sworn Volume:651;Page:2". Parliament of New Zealand. 
  2. ^ {http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/wairarapa/9623424/Wairarapa-MP-Hayes-calls-time}
  3. ^ New Zealand International Review, May–June 1998 v23
  4. ^ "Official Count Results -- Electorate Status". Chief Electoral Office. 1 October 2006. Archived from the original on 10 May 2008. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 

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