Chris Tremain

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The Honourable
Chris Tremain
Chris Tremain.jpg
Chris Tremain in 2012
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Napier
In office
5 October 2005 – 20 August 2014
Preceded by Russell Fairbrother
Succeeded by Stuart Nash
Majority 3,701
Minister of Internal Affairs
In office
3 April 2012 – 28 January 2014
Preceded by Amy Adams
Succeeded by Peter Dunne
Minister of Local Government
In office
31 January 2013 – 28 January 2014
Preceded by Amy Adams
Succeeded by Paula Bennett
Associate Minister of Tourism
In office
14 December 2011 – 28 January 2014
Preceded by Jonathan Coleman
Succeeded by Todd McClay
Senior Government Whip
In office
15 June 2009 – 12 December 2011
Preceded by Nathan Guy
Succeeded by Louise Upston
Minister of Civil Defence
In office
12 December 2011 – 3 April 2012
Preceded by Craig Foss
Succeeded by Nikki Kaye
Personal details
Born 1966
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) Angela Tremain
Children 3
Profession Accounting, real estate investor

Christopher James Tremain (born 1966) is a New Zealand businessman and retired politician. He served as member of the House of Representatives of New Zealand for the National Party from 2005 until his retirement in 2014.

Family and personal life[edit]

Born in Napier in 1966, Tremain attended Taradale Primary School, Taradale Intermediate, Napier Boys' High School and Massey University. He obtained a Bachelor of Business Studies in accounting and a Diploma of Business Studies in marketing.[1] He has owned and operated a number of businesses in the Hawke's Bay region, including Tremain Real Estate, Tremain Travel and Colliers International.[1]

Tremain's father was All Black flanker and Hawke's Bay Rugby Union captain Kel Tremain.[2]

Tremain and his wife, Angela, have three children.[2] He has been the driver of a number of community events including the annual Tremain Corporate Triathlon.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Napier 52 National
2008–2011 49th Napier 31 National
2011–2014 50th Napier 22 National

Tremain was first elected to parliament in the 2005 election, when he won the Napier electorate, beating incumbent Russell Fairbrother by 3951 votes.[3]

This was the first time that National had won Napier for more than 50 years. In the 2008 election, Tremain retained the electorate with an increased majority.[4]

After the election of the 50th New Zealand Parliament,[5] Tremain was appointed a Minister outside Cabinet taking over the roles of Civil Defence from John Carter and Craig Foss, and the role of Consumer Affairs which had been held until the election by Simon Power.[6]

He was replaced as Chief Whip of the National party by Michael Woodhouse, a List MP based in Dunedin. On 3 April 2012 Chris Tremain was promoted into Cabinet following the resignation of Nick Smith and gained the portfolio of Internal Affairs.[citation needed]

On 30 September 2013 Tremain announced that he would not contest the 2014 election.[7] On leaving parliament[8][9] Tremain was granted the right to retain the title of Honourable.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Hon Chris Tremain". Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Tremain, Chris: Smoke-free Environments (Controls and Enforcement) Amendment Bill — Second Reading". Hansard. Wellington, NZ: House of Representatives. 673: 19720. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 3 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "Official Count Results -- Napier". Wellington, NZ: Chief Electoral Office. 2005. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Official Count Results -- Napier". Wellington, NZ: Chief Electoral Office. 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Official Count Results -- Napier". Wellington, NZ: Chief Electoral Office. 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ministerial List for Announcement on 12 December 2011" (PDF). National Business Review. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Chris Tremain Not Contesting 2014 Election" (Press release). Scoop. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Resignation of Ministers'" (7 February 2014) 15 New Zealand Gazette 307 at 332.
  9. ^ "Resignation of Executive Councillor'" (7 February 2014) 15 New Zealand Gazette 307 at 332.
  10. ^ "Retention of the Title 'The Honourable'" (7 February 2014) 15 New Zealand Gazette 307 at 333.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Russell Fairbrother
Member of Parliament for Napier
Succeeded by
Stuart Nash
Political offices
Preceded by
David Carter
Minister of Local Government
Succeeded by
Paula Bennett
Preceded by
John Boscawen
Minister of Consumer Affairs
Succeeded by
Paul Goldsmith
Preceded by
Amy Adams
Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by
Peter Dunne
Preceded by
Jonathan Coleman
Associate Minister of Tourism
Succeeded by
Paula Bennett