Members of Parliament

Current MPs

Political party
Labour Party
Ruth Dyson.

Ruth Dyson.

Information
Date:
19 May 2014
Contact details
Parliament Office
Private Bag 18888
Parliament Buildings
Wellington 6160
Email contacts
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Hon Ruth Dyson

Member for Port Hills, Labour Party

  • Entered Parliament: 6 November 1993
  • Member of the following Parliaments: 44th, 45th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th and 50th

Member for / List Party Date
Lyttleton Labour Party 6 November 1993 – 12 October 1996
List Labour Party 12 October 1996 - 27 November 1999
Banks Peninsula Labour Party 15 December 1999 – 8 November 2008
Port Hills Labour Party 8 November 2008 -

Current Parliamentary Roles

  • Chairperson, Government Administration Committee
  • Spokesperson, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
  • Spokesperson, Conservation
  • Spokesperson, Disability Issues
  • Spokesperson, Land Information
  • Spokesperson, Senior Citizens

Former Parliamentary Roles

Portfolios

  • Minister of State: 10 December 1999 – 31 October 2000
  • Minister for Disability Issues: 10 December 1999 - 31 October 2000
  • Associate Minister for Accident Insurance: 10 December 1999 - 31 October 2000
  • Associate Minister of Health: 10 December 1999 - 31 October 2000
  • Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment: 10 December 1999 - 31 October 2000
  • Associate Minister for Accident Insurance: 5 June 2001 - 15 August 2002
  • Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment: 10 December 1999 - 31 October 2000
  • Associate Minister of Health: 5 June 2001 - 21 December 2004
  • Minister for Disability Issues: 5 June 2001 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister of State: 6 June 2001 – 15 August 2002
  • Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment: 6 June 2001 – 19 May 2003
  • Minister of Women's Affairs: 15 August 2002 - 19 October 2005
  • Minister for ACC: 15 August 2002 - 5 November 2007
  • Associate Minister for Social Development (CYF): 19 May 2003 - 2 November 2007
  • Minister for Senior Citizens: 28 January 2003 - 19 November 2008
  • Associate Minister of Labour: 26 February 2004 - 19 October 2005
  • Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment: (CYF) 19 October 2005 - 5 November 2007
  • Minister of Labour: 19 October 2005 - 5 November 2007
  • Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector: 5 November 2007 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister for Social Development and Employment: 5 November 2007 - 19 November 2008

Select Committees

  • Member, Finance and Expenditure Committee: 6 March 1997 – 18 October 1999
  • Member, Committee on the Accident Insurance Bill: 29 September 1998 – 30 November 1998
  • Member, Committee on the Accident Insurance (Transitional Provisions) Bill: 22 December – 28 February 2000
  • Member, Commerce Committee: 22 December 1999 - 18 June 2002
  • Deputy-Chairperson, Health Committee: 10 December 2008 - 9 February 2011
  • Member, Local Government and Environment Committee: 9 February 2011 - 20 October 2011

Spokesperson Roles

  • Spokesperson, Health: 20 November 2008 - 3 February 2011
  • Spokesperson, Immigration: 3 February 2011 - 19 December 2011
  • Spokesperson, State Services: 3 February 2011 - 19 December 2011
  • Spokesperson, Internal Affairs: 19 December 2011 - 25 February 2013

Personal details

  • Born 11 August 1957, Lower Hutt
  • Married with two adult step children and five grandchildren

Career

  • Advisor to the Minister of Employment 1986-1986
  • Former Advisor, Wellington Regional Employment and ACCESS Council
  • Former Employment and Training Consultant

Community activities

  • Involved in women’s organisations, peace movement and environmental groups since early 1970s

Party activities

  • Member, Labour Party
  • Campaign organiser for Kerry Burke 1981-1981
  • Campaign organiser for Kerry Burke 1984-1984
  • Womens Representative, NZ Council 1984-1984
  • Campaign worker for Fran Wilde on Homosexual Law Reform Bill 1985-1985
  • Executive Member, Labour Party 1986-1986
  • Senior Vice President, Labour Party 1987-1987
  • Campaign organiser for Fran Wilde 1987-1987
  • President, Labour Party 1988-1993

Leisure activities

  • Gardening, swimming, kayaking, reading, music