David McGee

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David McGee
New Zealand Ombudsman
In office
19 November 2007 – 31 May 2013
Succeeded by Professor Ron Paterson
Clerk of the House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by Charles Philip Littlejohn
Succeeded by Mary Winifred Harris
Personal details
Born 11 December 1947
Tynemouth, England
Alma mater BA(Hons) (1970)
Lanchester College of Technology,[1] LLD (2009)
Victoria University of Wellington

David Graham McGee CNZM, QC (born 11 December 1947[1]) served as an Ombudsman in New Zealand from 2007 until 31 May 2013.[2][3]

Prior to this he was a long serving staff member within the New Zealand Parliament. He commenced employment in Parliament’s Office of the Clerk in 1974 and filled several roles, including acting as Clerk of Select Committees. He was appointed Clerk of the House of Representatives in 1985 and was a member of the committee which devised the legislation that became law as the Constitution Act 1986. He is the author of Parliamentary Practice in New Zealand, which is the authoritative guide to parliamentary procedure in New Zealand. He has also written extensively in the area of parliamentary and constitutional law.[1][4] He was admitted as a barrister and solicitor in 1977, appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2000[5] and received the degree Doctor of Laws from the Victoria University of Wellington in 2009.[6]



  1. ^ a b c d e Alister Taylor (2001). New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001 Edition. Alister Taylor Publishers. p. 601. ISSN 1172-9813. 
  2. ^ "Journals of the House for the week beginning Tuesday, 9 October 2007". House of Representatives. 9 October 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ombudsman David McGee retires". Office of the Ombudsman. 31 May 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Speech to farewell David McGee CNZM QC, Clerk of the House of Representatives". House of Representatives. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand Gazette" (65). 15 June 2000. p. 1435. 
  6. ^ Victoria University of Wellington (11 December 2009). "Victoria celebrates its newest graduates" (Press release). Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "New Zealand Gazette" (57). 5 June 2002. p. 1534.