Brendon Burns (politician)
|Brendon Burns in 2010|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch Central
2008 – 2011
|Preceded by||Tim Barnett|
|Succeeded by||Nicky Wagner|
Burns worked for 12 years in the Parliamentary Press Gallery. As editor of The Marlborough Express for seven years, he led various community initiatives and won the country’s top journalism award - a term at Cambridge University. He twice stood in the Kaikoura seat for Labour. He has an extensive career history in journalism having done political coverage in both print and radio mediums. He has run his own communications business Indaba Communications.
In 1999 he won the Qantas Award for best editorial writer.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Burns was selected to replace Tim Barnett who retired at the 2008 general election. Burns has had a long history in political campaigning, twice failing to capture the Kaikoura electorate from the National Party. In 2008, Burns successfully held Christchurch Central for Labour, with a greatly reduced majority of 935. In 2011, Burns lost the seat to National's Nicky Wagner by 47 votes.
He was Labour's spokesman for broadcasting, and was a member of the environmental team.
In September 2010, Burns' Environment Canterbury (Democracy Restoration) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot. The bill would reverse the government's replacement of the Canterbury Regional Council with unelected commissioners and force a special election to be held. The Bill lapsed due to aging and the Government proceeded with a renewal of the terms of the initial Bill. 
- Brendon Burns' CV from his website
- "Barnett withdraws from politics". The Press. 19 February 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-15.
- "Environment Canterbury (Democracy Restoration) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- Gorman, Paul (30 March 2010). "ECan councillors sacked". The Press. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Christchurch Central