Chester Borrows

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The Honourable
Chester Borrows
Chester Borrows.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Whanganui
In office
17 September 2005 (2005-09-17) – 23 September 2017 (2017-09-23)
Preceded by Jill Pettis
Succeeded by Harete Hipango
Majority 6,333
Minister of Courts
In office
12 December 2011 – 6 October 2014
Preceded by Georgina te Heuheu
Succeeded by Amy Adams
Personal details
Born Kerry James Borrows
(1957-06-20) 20 June 1957 (age 60)
Nelson, New Zealand
Political party National

Kerry James "Chester" Borrows (born 20 June 1957) is a New Zealand politician.

Early years[edit]

Born in 1957, Borrows was raised in Nelson and was educated at Nayland College.[1] Borrows joined the New Zealand Police and worked in Nelson, Wellington and Auckland before becoming the sole charge officer in Patea.[2] In 2002 he graduated with a Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington,[3] was admitted to the bar. He subsequently worked as a lawyer in Hawera.[4]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Whanganui 33 National
2008–2011 49th Whanganui 42 National
2011–2014 50th Whanganui 32 National
2014–2017 51st Whanganui 22 National

In the 1999 election, Borrows first stood for parliament in the Whanganui electorate, but he could not unseat the incumbent, Jill Pettis of the Labour Party. Ranked 45th on the party list, he was not high enough to enter parliament.[5] In the 2002 election, Borrows stood again in Whanganui and was ranked 36th on the party list, which was again not high enough to enter parliament.[6] In the 2005 election, Borrows defeated Pettis.

Borrows had proposed an amendment to the Crimes (Abolition of Force as a Justification for Child Discipline) Amendment Bill (now passed into law as the Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007) that allowed for the use of force on children providing that is does not "cause or contribute materially to harm that is more than transitory and trifling".[7]

After the 2011 election Borrows was appointed a Minister outside Cabinet for Courts; his appointment being alongside new Ministers outside Cabinet Jo Goodhew and Chris Tremain. He replaced outgoing MP Georgina Teheuheu and also received the associate portfolios of Justice and Social Development.[8]

Following the 2014 General Election Borrows retained his seat and, upon request from the Prime Minister John Key, moved into the role of Deputy Speaker replacing Eric Roy who had retired from the role and Parliament. Borrows was granted the style The Honourable for life by the usual convention for outgoing Ministers.[9][10] Borrows caused controversy when he stated in the local paper, the Whanganui Chronicle, that civil servants were "dickhead bureaucrats" for enforcing health & safety measures in a local farm.[11]

In July 2016, Borrows allegedly drove his car into a line of protesters demonstrating against the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement,[12] and is awaiting trial on two charges.[13] Later in 2016, Borrows announced that he will not be seeking re-election during the 2017 general election.[14]

Personal life[edit]

His parents were lifelong socialists.[15] He now lives in Hawera with his wife, Ella and they have three children. He is a lay preacher in the Presbyterian Church.[15] In 2007 he had a "stomach-stapling" operation to reduce weight.[16]


  1. ^ "MP a former Nelsonian". Nelson Mail. 19 September 2005. p. 2. 
  2. ^ "Whanganui". Taranaki Daily News. 20 July 2002. p. 18. 
  3. ^ "Roll of graduates". Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Election September 17 '05". Taranaki Daily News. 12 September 2005. p. 2. 
  5. ^ "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  6. ^ "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "Assessing the Chester Borrow's proposal" (PDF). March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008. 
  8. ^ "Ministerial List for Announcement on 12 December 2011" (PDF). 12 December 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Borrows not invited to Cabinet table – Wanganui Chronicle – Wanganui Chronicle News". 7 October 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  10. ^ "Roll of The Honourables". DPMC. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "MP's `dickhead' comment upsets Labour". Yahoo! News. Retrieved 4 May 2015. [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "MP Chester Borrows charged after allegedly driving into protesters – National – NZ Herald News". 12 July 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "MP Chester Borrows in court over protester incident". 2 August 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2017. 
  14. ^ Moir, Jo (29 November 2016). "In hindsight National's Chester Borrows says he "could have had more fights" as an MP". Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  15. ^ a b Braunias, Steve (17 June 2007). "Chester's patch". Sunday Star Times. p. 18. 
  16. ^ Palmer, Rebecca (29 December 2007). "How MP took a massive weight off his shoulders". Dominion Post. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jill Pettis
Member of Parliament for Whanganui
Succeeded by
Harete Hipango
Political offices
Preceded by
Georgina te Heuheu
Minister of Courts
Succeeded by
Amy Adams (politician)