David Parker (New Zealand politician)

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David Parker

David Parker NZ.jpg
Parker in 2011
31st Attorney-General of New Zealand
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byChris Finlayson
In office
19 October 2005 – 20 March 2006
Prime MinisterHelen Clark
Preceded byMichael Cullen
Succeeded byMichael Cullen
7th Minister for Economic Development
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded bySimon Bridges
15th Minister for the Environment
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byDr Nick Smith
12th Minister for Trade and Export Growth
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byTodd McClay
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party list
Assumed office
2005
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Otago
In office
2002 – 2005
Preceded byGavan Herlihy
Succeeded byJacqui Dean
Majority684 (2.18%)
Personal details
Born1960 (age 57–58)
Roxburgh, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyLabour
Children3[1]
Alma materUniversity of Otago
OccupationLawyer
Websitedavidparker.co.nz

David William Parker (born 1960) is a New Zealand politician, a member of the New Zealand Labour Party and a list MP. He was interim leader of the Labour Party from September to November 2014. He serves as Attorney-General, Minister of Economic Development, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Trade and Export Growth in the Sixth Labour Government of New Zealand, and has previously served as interim leader of the Labour Party, deputy leader of the Labour Party, and a Minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand.[2]

Before politics[edit]

David Parker was born in Roxburgh and grew up in Dunedin. He attended the University of Otago, studying law and business, and co-founded the Dunedin Community Law Centre.[3]

Before entering politics, Parker worked as a litigation partner in the law firm Anderson Lloyd Caudwell. He later had a business career in the agri-biotechnology field, including with Blis Technologies, where he was a manager.[4][5]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–2005 47th Otago 47 Labour
2005–2008 48th List 37 Labour
2008–2011 49th List 17 Labour
2011–2014 50th List 4 Labour
2014–2017 51st List 2 Labour
2017–present 52nd List 10 Labour

Parker first gained election to Parliament as a Labour member in the 2002 elections, winning an upset victory over National's Gavan Herlihy in the Otago seat. In the 2005 elections the National candidate Jacqui Dean defeated him in his Otago electorate seat, but he returned to the House due to his position on the Labour list. In the 2008 general election Parker and Dean both stood in the resurrected Waitaki electorate, with Dean winning by over 11,000 votes.[6] Nevertheless, due to his list position he was still returned to parliament. In the 2011 election, Parker stood in the Epsom electorate, where he came third behind ACT New Zealand's John Banks and National's Paul Goldsmith, but was again returned as a list MP.[7] In the 2014 election, Parker did not contest an electorate, but was number two on the Labour list.[8]

Fifth Labour Government[edit]

During the Fifth Labour Government, Parker served as Attorney-General and Minister of Transport and Energy from 2005 until March 2006. He resigned his position as Attorney-General on 20 March 2006 after an allegation that he had filed an incorrect declaration with the Companies Office on behalf of the property company Queens Park Mews Limited. On 21 March Parker also resigned his place in Cabinet as Minister of Energy, Minister of Transport, and Minister Responsible for Climate Change Issues.[9] An inquiry by the Companies Office cleared him of the charge of filing false returns.[10]

Helen Clark, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, re-appointed Parker to the Energy and Climate Change portfolios and to the Land Information portfolio on 2 May 2006. (The Attorney-General portfolio remained with Michael Cullen, and Annette King took over Parker's former Transport portfolio.)

In July 2007 Clark appointed Parker as the acting Minister for the Environment following the resignation of David Benson-Pope.[11]

Opposition[edit]

Following Labour's defeat in the 2008 general election, Parker became the Opposition spokesperson on Conservation, ACC and Shadow Attorney-General. On 15 June 2010, Opposition Leader Phil Goff appointed Parker to be Portfolio Spokesperson for Economic Development, a position formerly held by Shane Jones, and shifted the portfolio of Conservation to Chris Carter.

Parker ran for the party leadership in 2011, but withdrew part-way through the contest to support David Shearer's bid.

Parker then became the Labour spokesperson for Finance and the shadow Attorney-General (from February 2013).

From 17 September 2013, Parker was the deputy leader of the Labour Party. He retained his finance portfolio.

Following the poor performance of the Labour Party in the 2014 general election, and the eventual resignation of David Cunliffe as leader, Parker was appointed interim leader of the Labour Party. He then unsuccessfully ran in the 2014 Labour Party leadership election and he came third in the leadership election behind Andrew Little and Grant Robertson.[12]

Sixth Labour Government[edit]

Following the 2017 general election, Parker was given the portfolios of Attorney-General, Economic Development, the Environment, and Trade and Export Growth. He also became Associate Minister of Finance.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Small, Vernon (2 April 2011). "David Parker: MP who could be Labour's king". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Ministerial List for Announcement on 31 October 2007" (Press release). New Zealand Government. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original (DOC) on 1 October 2008.
  3. ^ "Candidate profile:David Parker". 3 News. 4 October 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  4. ^ "About". Archived from the original on 7 November 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Hon David Parker". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
  6. ^ Waitaki results 2008. Archived 11 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Official Count Results – Epsom". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  8. ^ "Labour List for the 2014 Election Announced" (Press release). New Zealand Labour Party. Scoop. 23 June 2014. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Parker quits all Cabinet posts". The New Zealand Herald. 21 March 2006.
  10. ^ Audrey Young (27 April 2006). "Parker heads back into the Cabinet". The New Zealand Herald.
  11. ^ Rt. Hon Helen Clark, 27 July 2007, Acting Ministers in portfolios[permanent dead link], New Zealand Government Press Release, retrieved 25 November 2007.
  12. ^ Small, Vernon; Gulliver, Aimee (18 November 2014). "Andrew Little new Labour Party leader - by a whisker". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Ministerial List". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 October 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dr Michael Cullen
Attorney-General
2005–2006
2017-present
Succeeded by
Dr Michael Cullen
Preceded by
Chris Finlayson
Incumbent
Preceded by
Simon Bridges
Minister of Economic Development
2017-present
Preceded by
Dr Nick Smith
Minister for the Environment
2017-present
Preceded by
Todd McClay
Minister for Trade and Export Growth
2017-present
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Gavan Herlihy
Member of Parliament for Otago
2002–2005
Succeeded by
Jacqui Dean
Political offices
Preceded by
Grant Robertson
Deputy Leader of the Opposition
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Annette King
Party political offices
Preceded by
Grant Robertson
Deputy Leader of the Labour Party
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Annette King