Murray McCully

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The Honourable
Murray McCully
CNZM
Murray McCully November 2016.jpg
McCully in 2016
26th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
19 November 2008 – 2 May 2017
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Winston Peters
Helen Clark (Acting)
Succeeded by Gerry Brownlee
Minister for Sport and Recreation
In office
19 November 2008 – 6 October 2014
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Clayton Cosgrove
Succeeded by Jonathan Coleman
2nd Minister for the Rugby World Cup
In office
19 November 2008 – 12 December 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Clayton Cosgrove
Succeeded by Abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for East Coast Bays
In office
2002–2017
Succeeded by Erica Stanford
In office
1987–1996
Preceded by Gary Knapp
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Albany
In office
1996–2002
Preceded by Don McKinnon
Personal details
Born Murray Stuart McCully
(1953-02-19) 19 February 1953 (age 65)
Whangarei, New Zealand
Political party National Party
Occupation Lawyer
Website mccully.co.nz

Murray Stuart McCully CNZM (born 19 February 1953) is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the National Party, and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Whangarei, McCully was educated at Arapohue Primary School, Dargaville High School, the University of Auckland, and Victoria University of Wellington.[2] He has a Bachelor of Law degree and is a qualified Barrister and Solicitor, working as a lawyer before entering politics. His former partner, Jane Clifton, works as a columnist for The New Zealand Listener and as a political journalist.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1987–1990 42nd East Coast Bays National
1990–1993 43rd East Coast Bays National
1993–1996 44th East Coast Bays National
1996–1999 45th Albany 21 National
1999–2002 46th Albany None National
2002–2005 47th East Coast Bays None National
2005–2008 48th East Coast Bays 11 National
2008–2011 49th East Coast Bays 11 National
2011–2014 50th East Coast Bays 11 National
2014–2017 51st East Coast Bays 11 National

McCully first stood for Parliament in 1975 in Auckland Central, reducing Richard Prebble's majority to 289. He next stood for East Coast Bays in 1984, coming second to Gary Knapp.

But in 1987, McCully defeated Knapp, and entered Parliament as MP for East Coast Bays on Auckland's North Shore.

He became MP for the new seat of Albany at the 1996 election. In the 2002 elections he returned as MP for the reconstituted East Coast Bays seat.

Cabinet minister[edit]

During the National government of 1990–1999, McCully served in a number of Cabinet roles, including those of Minister of Customs, Minister of Housing, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Immigration. He has a reputation as one of the National Party's chief strategists.[1]

Murray McCully resigned from his Tourism portfolio in April 1999[3] after questions were raised regarding his handling of the resignation and subsequent payout of members of the Tourism board.[4] These questions culminated in a report of the Controller and Auditor General that deemed these payouts "unlawful," although the report accepted that all involved had proceeded on the basis of advice and "their genuine perception of what was in the best interests of New Zealand’s tourism industry." [5]

In 2004, McCully voted against a bill to establish civil unions.[6] In 2005, he voted for the Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill 2005, which would have amended the Marriage Act to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.[7]

After National winning the 2008 election, McCully was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister on 19 November 2008. McCully was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for the Rugby World Cup by Prime Minister John Key.[1][8]

In 2013, McCully voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.[9]

McCully was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to foreign policy, in the 2015 New Year Honours.[10]

In November 2015, McCully was off work after surgery for removal of a growth that was found to be benign.[11]

On 15 December 2016, McCully announced that he would not stand for parliament in 2017 (in that year's general election).[12] Reflecting on this time as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, he has said his most challenging and rewarding work was New Zealand's role in the Pacific: "I’ve put a lot of my personal effort into ensuring that we actually live up to the expectations our neighbours have of us and the responsibilities we should carry."[13]

In December 2016, McCully played a critical role in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Watkins, Tracy (29 November 2008). "Coming out of the shadows". The Dominion Post. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Hon Murray McCully". New Zealand Government. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  3. ^ Laxon, Andrew (7 May 1999). "Payout recovery vexing National". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Parliamentary Hansard – Report on Tourism Board". NZ Parliament. 21 April 1999. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Report of the Controller and Auditor General: Inquiry into certain events concerning the New Zealand Tourism Board". Controller and Auditor General. 19 April 1999. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Civil Unions Act
  7. ^ "Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill – First Reading". New Zealand Parliament. 7 December 2005. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Key's Government". The New Zealand Herald. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2009. 
  9. ^ "Gay marriage: How MPs voted". NZ Herald. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "New Year honours list 2015". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Murry McCully off work following surgery". The New Zealand Herald. 4 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "Murray McCully says he won't stand again in next election". NZ Herald. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  13. ^ "High-flying McCully prepares for life on firm ground". Newsroom. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-05-13. 
  14. ^ Ravid, Barak (December 27, 2016). "Britain Pulled the Strings and Netanyahu Warned New Zealand It Was Declaring War: New Details on Israel's Battle Against the UN Vote". Haaretz. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Gary Knapp
Member of Parliament for East Coast Bays
1987–1996
Vacant
Constituency abolished,
recreated in 2002
Title next held by
Murray McCully
Preceded by
Don McKinnon
Member of Parliament for Albany
1996–2002
Constituency abolished
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Constituency recreated,
abolished in 1996
Title last held by
Murray McCully
Member of Parliament for East Coast Bays
2002–2017
Succeeded by
Erica Stanford
Political offices
Preceded by
Helen Clark (acting)
Winston Peters
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2008–2017
Succeeded by
Gerry Brownlee
Preceded by
Clayton Cosgrove
Minister for Sport and Recreation
2008–2014
Succeeded by
Jonathan Coleman
Minister for the Rugby World Cup
2008–2011
Portfolio abolished