Minister of Economic Development (New Zealand)

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Minister of Economic Development
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Phil Twyford

since 27 June 2019
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
StyleThe Honourable
Member of
Reports toPrime Minister of New Zealand
AppointerGovernor-General of New Zealand
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's pleasure
Formation10 December 1999
First holderJim Anderton

The Minister of Economic Development is a minister in the government of New Zealand with the responsibility of promoting development of New Zealand's economy, and is in charge of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. The position was established in 1999.

The present Minister is David Parker.[2]


At its establishment, the Minister for Economic Development was the lead minister for the Ministry of Economic Development, which was established out of the former Ministry of Commerce as part of the Labour-Alliance coalition agreement.[3]

From 1 July 2012, the Minister assumed responsibility for the new Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment following the merger of the Ministry of Economic Development with several other government agencies.[4]

Similar ministerial roles under previous governments include the Minister for Enterprise and Commerce (1998–1999), the Minister of Trade and Industry (1972–1988) and the Minister of Industries and Commerce (1894–1972).

List of Ministers[edit]


  Alliance   Progressive   Labour   National

No. Name Portrait Term of Office Prime Minister
1 Jim Anderton Jim Anderton, 2010.jpg 10 December 1999 19 October 2005 Clark
2 Trevor Mallard Trevor Mallard 2 (cropped).jpg 19 October 2005 2 November 2008
3 Pete Hodgson Pete Hodgson XMediaLab 2008.jpg 5 November 2007 19 November 2008
4 Gerry Brownlee Gerry Brownlee 2014-11-24.jpg 19 November 2008 13 December 2011[A] Key
- David Carter
David Carter 2014.jpg 24 February 2011 13 December 2011
5 Steven Joyce Steven Joyce crop.jpg 14 December 2011 20 December 2016
6 Simon Bridges Simon-Bridges-Free-Crop.jpg 20 December 2016 26 October 2017
7 David Parker David Parker NZ.jpg 26 October 2017 27 June 2019 Ardern
8 Phil Twyford Phil Twyford crop.jpg 27 June 2019 present
A.^ ^ Carter was appointed as Acting Minister of Economic Development following the 2011 Christchurch earthquake and Brownlee's increased workload as Minister for Christchurch Earthquake Recovery (to which he had been appointed in September 2010 after the 2010 Christchurch earthquake).[5] However, Brownlee retained his warrant as Minister of Economic Development until after the 2011 general election.[6]


  1. ^ "Parliamentary Salaries and Allowances Determination 2016" (PDF). Retrieved 28 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Ministerial List". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Editorial: What's in a new name?". New Zealand Herald. 30 June 2000. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  4. ^ Joyce, Steven; Coleman, Jonathan (24 April 2012). "MBIE to proceed from 1 July" (Press release). Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  5. ^ "PM reallocates portfolios to put focus on quake". 25 February 2011. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Brownlee, Gerry". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2 December 2017.

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