Ross Robertson

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Ross Robertson

Harold Valentine Ross Robertson QSO (known as Ross Robertson) (born 22 May 1949) is a New Zealand politician for the Labour Party. He was a Member of Parliament from 1987 until his retirement in 2014. He currently serves as President of Parliamentarians for Global Action.[1]

Early life[edit]

Robertson was born in Wellington on 22 May 1949.[2] Before entering politics, he was an industrial engineer.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1987–1990 42nd Papatoetoe Labour
1990–1993 43rd Papatoetoe Labour
1993–1996 44th Papatoetoe Labour
1996–1999 45th Manukau East none Labour
1999–2002 46th Manukau East none Labour
2002–2005 47th Manukau East none Labour
2005–2008 48th Manukau East none Labour
2008–2011 49th Manukau East none Labour
2011–2014 50th Manukau East none Labour

Robertson was first elected to Parliament in the 1987 election, representing Papatoetoe. Since the 1996 elections, when the Papatoetoe seat was abolished, Robertson has represented the seat of Manukau East.[3] In the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand he was an assistant speaker, able to preside when any of the other presiding officers are unavailable.[3]

In 2006 Robertson reported to the New Zealand Police that a marijuana dealer was operating next to his electorate office in Ōtara.[4]

On 6 June 2013 Robertson announced that he would retire from Parliament in order to pursue a career in local body politics.[5]

Robertson was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 New Year Honours.[6]


  1. ^ "About Us - Who's Who". Parliamentarians for Global Action. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 80. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  3. ^ a b "Ross Robertson". New Zealand Parliament. 22 September 2014. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "MP reported tinnie house next door to his office". The New Zealand Herald (APN News & Media). 10 April 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2010. 
  5. ^ Shuttleworth, Kate (6 June 2013). "Labour MP Ross Robertson retires from Parliament". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "New Year honours list 2015". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Eddie Isbey
Member of Parliament for Papatoetoe
Constituency abolished
New constituency Member of Parliament for Manukau East
Succeeded by
Jenny Salesa