John Carter (New Zealand politician)

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The Honourable
John Carter
Minister of Civil Defence
In office
19 November 2008 – 8 June 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Rick Barker
Succeeded by Craig Foss
Minister for Senior Citizens
In office
19 November 2008 – 8 June 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Ruth Dyson
Succeeded by Craig Foss
Minister for Racing
In office
19 November 2008 – 8 June 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Winston Peters
Succeeded by Craig Foss
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northland
In office
1996 – 17 July 2011
Preceded by new electorate
Succeeded by Mike Sabin
Majority 10,054 (29.89%)
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Far North
In office
1993 – 1996
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Bay of Islands
In office
1987 – 1993
Preceded by Neill Austin
Personal details
Born (1950-05-08) 8 May 1950 (age 66)
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National Party
Occupation Local Government Official

John McGregor Carter QSO (born 8 May 1950) is a New Zealand politician, and member of the National Party. He represented the Bay of Islands, Far North and Northland electorates from 1987 until July 2011, when he became New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands. Since the October 2013 local elections, he has been mayor of the Far North District.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Te Kopuru, Northland and educated at Otamatea District High School.[1] Before entering politics, Carter worked as a local government administration official.[2] Carter is married, and has one daughter and two sons.[2]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1987–1990 42nd Bay of Islands National
1990–1993 43rd Bay of Islands National
1993–1996 44th Far North National
1996–1999 45th Northland 34 National
1999–2002 46th Northland 16 National
2002–2005 47th Northland 21 National
2005–2008 48th Northland 15 National
2008–2011 49th Northland 21 National

Carter was elected to Parliament in the 1987 election, winning the Bay of Islands electorate.[3] He continued to present area although the seat changed names to Far North in 1993 and later Northland. The National Party came to power in the 1990 election when Carter was appointed as the Junior Government Whip, and later Senior Government Whip until 1995 and again from 1996 to mid-2004.

Carter was sacked as Whip in 1995, after he phoned into a talkback radio show, hosted by fellow National MP John Banks, impersonating a workshy Māori called Hone, causing widespread offence.[4]

In February 2011, the government announced that Carter would be the next High Commissioner to the Cook Islands.[5] He left Parliament in July 2011,[2] but his departure did not result in a by-election, as the vacancy occurred within six months of the next general election.[6] On 13 June 2011 Carter was granted the right[7] to retain the title of The Honourable for his lifetime.

He retired as New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Cook Islands in July 2013 to return to the Far North of New Zealand, successfully running for Mayor of the Far North in October 2013.[8]

In the 2012 New Year Honours Carter was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament.[9][10]

Political views[edit]

Carter is a supporter of the Monarchy in New Zealand. In 1992, a year described by Queen Elizabeth II as her annus horribilis, Carter called on New Zealanders to write in to express their support for her, having written to The Times of London criticising the British media's apparent lack of respect towards the Queen. Inundated with letters of support, he remarked that "we wanted her to know we cared". In March 1994 he publicly disavowed Prime Minister Jim Bolger's call for a New Zealand republic.


  1. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 57. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hon John Carter". New Zealand Parliament. 17 July 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  3. ^ (8 December 2008) 651 NZPD 2.
  4. ^ Edmunds, Susan (22 September 2013). "Battle of the motormouths]". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "McCully names new High Commissioner to the Cook Islands". New Zealand Government. 11 February 2011. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Trevett, Claire (8 June 2011). "MP pleads for laughter and leniency as he goes". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Retention of the title 'The Honourable' (13 June 2011) 83 New Zealand Gazette 2038.
  8. ^ "Auckland, Wellington stick with incumbents". 12 October 2013. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  9. ^ New Year Honours 2012 (8 January 2012) 8 New Zealand Gazette 215 at 217.
  10. ^ "New Year Honours List 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rick Barker
Minister of Civil Defence
Succeeded by
Craig Foss
Preceded by
Ruth Dyson
Minister for Senior Citizens
Preceded by
Winston Peters
Minister of Racing
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Neill Austin
Member of Parliament for Bay of Islands
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Far North
Member of Parliament for Northland
Succeeded by
Mike Sabin