Max Bradford

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The Honourable
Max Bradford
Max Bradford.jpg
Max Bradford in 1999
33rd Minister of Defence
In office
5 December 1997 – 5 December 1999
Prime Minister Jenny Shipley
Preceded by Paul East
Succeeded by Mark Burton
Personal details
Born Maxwell Robert Bradford
(1942-01-19) January 19, 1942 (age 75)
Christchurch, New Zealand
Political party National

Maxwell "Max" Bradford (born 19 January 1942)[1] is a former New Zealand politician and cabinet minister. He was an MP for the National Party from 1990 to 2002. He is best known for introducing the "Bright Future" economic initiative in 1999, and for reforms to the retail sector of the electricity industry in 1998.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Bradford was born in Christchurch and educated at Christchurch Boys' High School and the University of Canterbury. He is married to Rosemary Bradford and has two stepdaughters.

Before entering politics, he worked at the New Zealand Treasury, the International Monetary Fund, and the New Zealand Employers Federation. He was chief executive of the NZ Bankers Association and the New Zealand National Party before entering the New Zealand Parliament as an MP in 1990.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1990–1993 43rd Tarawera National
1993–1996 44th Tarawera National
1996–1999 45th Rotorua none National
1999–2002 46th List 15 National
Max Bradford (centre) with Ian Revell and Taito Phillip Field on a working MPs trip to Vanuatu in 1991.

Bradford was first elected to Parliament as MP for Tarawera in the 1990 election, replacing National Party colleague Ian McLean. In the 1996 election, there was an electoral redistribution, and he contested and won the Rotorua electorate. In the 1999 election, he was defeated in Rotorua by Labour's Steve Chadwick, but remained in Parliament as a list MP. In his political career, he served in a number of Cabinet positions, including Minister of Defence, Minister of Energy, Minister of Labour, Minister of Revenue, Minister of Enterprise and Commerce, Minister of Tertiary Education and Minister of Immigration.[4]

After politics[edit]

After retiring from Parliament in 2002, Bradford became a director in Castalia Strategic Advisors Ltd, an international consultancy practice specialising in governance, energy and water reform. In 2007, he established his own consultancy Bradford & Associates Ltd specializing in governance advisory and implementation projects for international bodies such as the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Asian Development Bank and foreign governments. He has worked in Guyana, Liberia, Sudan, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Fiji, and Cambodia amongst other countries.

From 2013-2014 he led a World Bank project on behalf of Oxford Policy Management to help improve the effectiveness of the Public Accounts Committee and other financial oversight committees of the Bangladesh Parliament.

In 2013, he was voted New Zealand's best energy minister in recent years.[5]

He retired in 2015.


  1. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 55. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  2. ^ Young, Audrey (13 August 2008). "Peters 'forgets' NZ First support for power reforms". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Pullar-Strecker, Tom (15 February 2010). "Lights flicker on electricity IT projects". Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Max Bradford to retire at next election". The New Zealand Herald. 4 April 2002. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  5. ^

External links[edit]

New Zealand Bankers Association
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ian McLean
Member of Parliament for Tarawera
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Paul East
Member of Parliament for Rotorua
Succeeded by
Steve Chadwick