Murray McCully

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The Honourable
Murray McCully
MP
Murray McCully August 2014 (cropped).jpg
Murray McCully in Samoa in August 2014
27th Minister of Foreign Affairs
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Winston Peters
Helen Clark (Acting)
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Clayton Cosgrove
2nd Minister for the Rugby World Cup
In office
19 November 2008 – 12 December 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Clayton Cosgrove
Succeeded by Abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for East Coast Bays
Incumbent
Assumed office
2002
In office
1987–1996
Preceded by Gary Knapp
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Albany
In office
1996–2002
Preceded by Don McKinnon
Personal details
Born (1953-02-19) 19 February 1953 (age 61)
Whangarei, Northland
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National Party
Occupation Lawyer
Website mccully.co.nz

Murray Stuart McCully (born 19 February 1953 in Whangarei, Northland) is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the National Party, and Minister of Foreign Affairs,[1] Minister for Sport and Recreation, and former Minister for the Rugby World Cup.

Early life[edit]

McCully was educated at Arapohue Primary School, Dargaville High School, the University of Auckland, and Victoria University of Wellington.[2] He has a LLB degree and is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor, working as a lawyer before entering politics. His former partner, Jane Clifton, works as a columnist for The New Zealand Listener and as a political journalist.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1987–1990 42nd East Coast Bays National
1990–1993 43rd East Coast Bays National
1993–1996 44th East Coast Bays National
1996–1999 45th Albany 21 National
1999–2002 46th Albany None National
2002–2005 47th East Coast Bays None National
2005–2008 48th East Coast Bays 11 National
2008–2011 49th East Coast Bays 11 National
2011 – present 50th East Coast Bays 11 National

McCully first stood for Parliament in 1975 in Auckland Central, reducing Richard Prebble's majority to 289. He next stood for East Coast Bays in 1984, coming second to Gary Knapp.

But in 1987, McCully defeated Knapp, and entered Parliament as MP for East Coast Bays on Auckland's North Shore.

He became MP for the new seat of Albany in the 1999 elections. In the 2002 elections he returned as MP for the reconstituted East Coast Bays seat.

Cabinet minister[edit]

During the National government of 1990–1999, McCully served in a number of Cabinet roles, including those of Minister of Customs, Minister of Housing, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Immigration. He has a reputation as one of the National Party's chief strategists.[1]

Murray McCully resigned from his Tourism portfolio in April 1999[3] after questions were raised regarding his handling of the resignation and subsequent payout of members of the Tourism board.[4] These questions culminated in a report of the Controller and Auditor General that deemed these payouts "unlawful," although the report accepted that all involved had proceeded on the basis of advice and "their genuine perception of what was in the best interests of New Zealand’s tourism industry." [5]

After National winning the 2008 election, McCully was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister on 19 November 2008. McCully was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for the Rugby World Cup by Prime Minister John Key.[1][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Watkins, Tracy (29 November 2008). "Coming out of the shadows". The Dominion Post. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hon Murray McCully". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Laxon, Andrew (7 May 1999). "Payout recovery vexing National". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Hansard – Report on Tourism Board". NZ Parliament. 21 April 1999. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Report of the Controller and Auditor General: Inquiry into certain events concerning the New Zealand Tourism Board.". Controller and Auditor General. 19 April 1999. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Key's Government". The New Zealand Herald. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Gary Knapp
Member of Parliament for East Coast Bays
1987–1996
Vacant
Constituency abolished,
recreated in 2002
Title next held by
Murray McCully
Preceded by
Don McKinnon
Member of Parliament for Albany
1996–2002
Constituency abolished
Vacant
Constituency recreated,
abolished in 1996
Title last held by
Murray McCully
Member of Parliament for East Coast Bays
2002–
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Helen Clark (acting)
Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2008–
Incumbent
Preceded by
Clayton Cosgrove
Minister for Sport and Recreation
2008–
Minister for the Rugby World Cup
2008–2011
Portfolio abolished