|The Right Honourable
|32nd Minister of Defence|
1 March 1996 – 5 December 1997
|Prime Minister||Jim Bolger|
|Preceded by||Warren Cooper|
|Succeeded by||Max Bradford|
|Born||4 August 1946|
Prior to becoming an MP, East, was a lawyer and barrister with East Brewster, a prominent Rotorua-based legal firm, from 1973 to 1978. East also enagaged in local politics as a member of the Rotorua City Council which has now been subsumed into the Rotorua District Council.
East is married and has three daughters.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
East served in a number of ministerial roles, including those of Minister of Defence and Attorney-General in the fourth National government. When Jenny Shipley replaced Jim Bolger as leader of the National Party, East was one of the minority who remained aligned with Bolger. In 1999, he resigned from Parliament to take up a position as New Zealand's High Commissioner in London. He was replaced by Alec Neill, the next candidate on National's party list.
As Attorney-General, Paul East advocated on important international issues including a case brought before the International Court of Justice in 1995 on behalf of New Zealand against France's nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. East also headed the development of an advisory opinion to the UN General Assembly on the legality of Nuclear Testing in 1995. East was awarded the status of Queen's Counsel (QC) while Attorney-General.
Since 2002 Paul East has been Independent Chairman of the Charity Gaming Association (Inc) which is the industry organisation for charitable trusts which operate electronic gaming machines ("pokies") to raise funds for community purposes. In 2008 the CGA's members operated 75% of non-club gaming machines in New Zealand and generated $250 million worth of grants for worthwhile community purposes.
- 1990 Parliamentary Candidates for the New Zealand National Party p. 68 by John Stringer (New Zealand National Party, 1990)
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Rotorua