Todd McClay

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The Honourable
Todd McClay
MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Rotorua
Incumbent
Assumed office
8 December 2008
Preceded by Steve Chadwick
Majority 7,357
Minister of Revenue
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 June 2013
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Peter Dunne
Personal details
Born (1968-11-22) 22 November 1968 (age 46)
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) Nadene McClay
Children Joshua, Samuel, Caelen,
Ana-Kiera
Residence Rotorua, New Zealand
Occupation Ambassador

Todd Michael McClay (born 22 November 1968 in Rotorua, Bay of Plenty) is a New Zealand politician and former ambassador. He was an ambassador for the Cook Islands and Niue to the European Union, and is the representative for Rotorua and Minister for Revenue in the 50th New Zealand Parliament.

Early life[edit]

McClay was born in Rotorua on 22 November 1968. The son of former National MP Roger McClay, he was educated at Tauhara College in Taupo, Wesley College in Auckland and Wellington Polytechnic in Wellington. He has also gained a Bachelor's Degree in Politics and is to complete a Masters of International Public Law (LLM).

European Union diplomatic career[edit]

McClay worked in the European Parliament as Head of Staff to Lord Henry Plumb, President of the European Parliament and Leader of the British Conservatives in the European Parliament. He has also been active in European government affairs and lobbying, and was a founder and CEO of a company, Political Relationship Management. McClay has been active in Pacific Islands, European and New Zealand diplomacy and politics since 1992, and was the Cook Islands' first accredited diplomat outside of the Pacific region. He remains the youngest-ever appointed Head of Mission to the European Union.

In 2000 the Cook Islands joined the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP) and he was appointed as special representative of the Cook Islands.[1] In 2002 the Cook Islands government upgraded its representation to the level of diplomatic mission, at which time McClay was appointed Ambassador to the EU.[2][3] He has represented the Cook Islands at many international meetings and conferences, including the WTO, FAO, ACP, EU and UN.[4]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th Rotorua 54 National
2011–2014 50th Rotorua 47 National
2014 – present 51st Rotorua 23 National

In 2008, McClay was selected as the National Party candidate to stand for the Rotorua electorate in the 2008 New Zealand general election, running against incumbent Labour MP Steve Chadwick.[5] McClay won the seat of Rotorua on election night with a majority of 5,065 (15.43%). He was sworn in as a Member of Parliament on 8 December 2008.

In 2009 his Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 Repeal (Easter Sunday Local Choice) Amendment Bill was drawn from the ballot.[6] The bill would have allowed local authorities to permit shops to open on Easter Sunday - something currently prohibited in most of New Zealand. The bill was narrowly defeated at its first reading.[7]

In 2011 McClay announced his intention to bring a bill before Parliament to prohibit the display of gang insignia in all government premises, schools and hospitals in New Zealand. Modeled on the Whanganui Gang Insignia Act McClay's announcement was met with strong public support[citation needed], however its introduction into parliament triggered intense debate from Hone Harawira.[8]

In 2011, McClay was reelected as the Member of Parliament for Rotorua increasing his majority to 7,357 votes.

He has served as deputy chair of the Social Services Committee, chair of the Commerce Committee, and chair of the Finance and Expenditure Committee.

He lives in Rotorua with his wife, Nadene, and their four children.

Appointment as Minister[edit]

In 2013 he was appointed Minister of Revenue and Associate Minister of Health, serving outside of Cabinet.[9]

In 2014 he was appointed Associate Minister for Tourism.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The African, Caribbean and Pacific States Diplomatic Missions
  2. ^ Cook Islands Government - Structure
  3. ^ Photo of McClay presenting his credentials at the EU
  4. ^ Official Journal of the European Union 26/9/2003
  5. ^ Taipari, Greg (20 March 2008). "National chooses Rotorua candidate". Rotorua Daily Post. Retrieved 12 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 Repeal (Easter Sunday Local Choice) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "Easter trading bill defeated on conscience vote". Stuff. 9 December 2009. Retrieved 10 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Reid, Neil (19 August 2012). "Hone fires up at MP's 'racist' bill". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "Dunne's portfolios handed to MP McClay". Stuff. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "New ministerial role for Rotorua MP Todd McClay". NZHerald. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Steve Chadwick
Member of Parliament for Rotorua
2008–present
Incumbent