Craig McNair

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Craig McNair (born 1975) is a former New Zealand politician. He is a member of the New Zealand First party, and was a member of parliament from 2002 - 2005 for the party.

Early years[edit]

Before entering politics, McNair was a marketing manager. He also holds a pilot's licence.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–2005 47th List 8 NZ First

He was elected to Parliament as a list MP in the 2002 elections, having been ranked in eighth place on the New Zealand First party list. He was his party's youth affairs spokesman.[1]

As an MP, he complained to police in 2002 about admissions of cannabis use by Green MP Nándor Tánczos, the police investigated but no charges were laid.[2][3] Also in 2002, McNair had a brief relationship with the parliamentary executive secretary for Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove,[4] the secretary was sacked for a conflict of interest, but rehired in the office of the Minister of Conservation.[5]

At the 2005 elections he was ranked 11th on the party list. New Zealand First gained enough party votes to elect seven MPs, so McNair missed out on being returned as an MP. After being an MP he worked in real estate in Auckland.[6]

In the 2008 election he stood for Waitakere and was ranked 17th on the New Zealand First party list, but he did not win the electorate and the party did not make the threshold of five percent of votes to get any list candidates elected.[7]


  1. ^ Tunnah, Helen (14 September 2005). "The endangered MP list". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "MP lays complaint against Tanczos". TVNZ. 2 October 2002. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "The legacy of Nandor". The Dominion Post. 26 June 2008. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  4. ^ Mold, Francesca (13 December 2002). "'Leggy blonde' saga reaches chamber". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Spotlight kills passion for MP and secretary". The New Zealand Herald. 15 January 2003. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  6. ^ "Craig McNair". Barfoot & Thompson. Archived from the original on 24 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  7. ^ Woolerton, RD. "NZ First List". New Zealand First. Retrieved 24 February 2010.