Judith Tizard

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The Honourable
Judith Tizard
MP
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Judith Tizard at the 2007 Kiwi Foo Camp
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Panmure
In office
1990 – 1996
Preceded by Bob Tizard
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Auckland Central
In office
1996 – 2008
Preceded by Sandra Lee-Vercoe
Succeeded by Nikki Kaye
Personal details
Born (1956-01-03) 3 January 1956 (age 58)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party Labour
Profession Restaurant Owner and Manager

Judith Ngaire Tizard (born 3 January 1956) is a former New Zealand politician, and a member of the Labour Party.

Early life[edit]

Tizard was born in Auckland in 1956 into a political family - her mother, Dame Catherine Tizard, served as Mayor of Auckland and as Governor-General, and her father, Bob Tizard, was a prominent Labour Party cabinet minister and Deputy Prime Minister. Before succeeding her father as the Member of Parliament for Panmure in 1990, Tizard worked in the Labour Party Research Unit (1976–1977), was a member of the Auckland Electric Power Board (1977–1983), a restaurant owner and manager, O'Connells Restaurant, Auckland (1978–1982), was involved in the catering industry (1981–1984), and was a member of the Auckland Regional Council (1988–1991). She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History from the University of Auckland.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1990–1993 43rd Panmure Labour
1993–1996 44th Panmure Labour
1996–1999 45th Auckland Central 11 Labour
1999–2002 46th Auckland Central 19 Labour
2002–2005 47th Auckland Central 21 Labour
2005–2008 48th Auckland Central 18 Labour

Tizard entered Parliament at the 1990 election as MP for Panmure. After being re-elected in 1993, she shifted her candidacy to Auckland Central, which she won in the 1996 election, defeating Sandra Lee-Vercoe. She became a Minister outside of Cabinet, serving as Minister of Consumer Affairs, Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Associate Minister of Transport, Associate Minister of Commerce, and Minister responsible for Archives New Zealand and the National Library.

Before the 2008 general election Tizard was given the low list placing of 38. She was then defeated in her electorate by National's Nikki Kaye by a margin of 1,497 votes.[1] Her list placing meant she would not return to parliament unless Labour list MPs quit.[2]

On 25 March 2011, Labour list MP Darren Hughes resigned from Parliament. Whilst Tizard was next in line, Labour Party president Andrew Little expressed preference for Louisa Wall to replace Hughes as she intended to contest the upcoming 2011 general election,[3] unlike Tizard and the four other list candidates preceding Wall (Mark Burton, Mahara Okeroa, Martin Gallagher and Dave Hereora). Tizard, like her lower-ranked colleagues, decided not to take the seat.[4]

Controversy[edit]

In 2008 Tizard championed an amendment to the Copyright Act, which required internet service providers (ISPs) to develop policies to terminate the Internet account of repeat copyright infringers. She defended this position when meeting Internet lobby groups, saying it is necessary to protect New Zealand artists, and referred to the release of New Zealand film Sione's Wedding, which, she claimed, was damaged by unlawful distribution on the Internet.[citation needed]

On 16 October 2008 a press release[5] was published by Tizard responding to "alarmist claims made by a small group of IT commentators in the media that recent amendments to the Copyright Act would have ISPs cutting off the accounts of their users based on unsubstantiated accusations of copyright infringement. [...] This is quiet [sic] simply untrue, and I am sure they know it." That press release seems to have been retracted.[6]

On 23 March 2009, the Prime Minister announced that the law would not take effect and would be re-written.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Auckland Central results 2008
  2. ^ McKenzie-Minifie, Martha (10 November 2008). "Tizard takes time out to think". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Trevett, Claire; Adam Bennett (26 March 2011). "Wall, not Tizard, tipped to fill vacancy". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Tizard rejects return to Parliament". The New Zealand Herald. 3 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Judith Tizard, Ministers call for end to fear mongering over copyright changes, press release, 16 October 2008. Accessed 19 February 2008. Originally available at http://feeds.beehive.govt.nz/release/ministers+call+end+fear+mongering+over+copyright+changes.
  6. ^ http://www.coffee.geek.nz/ministerscallforendtofearmongeringovercopyrightchanges
  7. ^ 'Why did New Zealand drop plans to cut off net users?'

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Bob Tizard
Member of Parliament for Panmure
1990-1996
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Sandra Lee-Vercoe
Member of Parliament for Auckland Central
1996-2008
Succeeded by
Nikki Kaye