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Rick Barker.

Rick Barker.

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Date:
26 November 2011

Hon Rick Barker

Labour Party

Former Parliamentary Roles

  • Member, State Enterprises Committee 1994-1996
  • Junior Opposition Whip 1996-1999
  • Member, Officers of Parliament Committee 4 March 1997-19 October 1999
  • Senior Government Whip 1999-2002
  • Member, Parliamentary Service Commission 1999-2002
  • Member, Standing Orders Committee 1999-2002
  • Minister of Customs 15 August 2002-19 October 2005
  • Associate Minister of Justice 15 August 2002-19 October 2005
  • Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment 15 August 2002-19 May 2003
  • Member, Local Government and Environment Committee 27 August 2002-18 June 2003
  • Minister for Courts, 19 May 2003-19 October 2005
  • Associate Minister of Social Development and Employment 19 May 2003-19 October 2005
  • Member, Social Services Committee 8 October 2003-3 March 2004
  • Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector 24 August 2004-19 October 2005
  • Minister of Youth Affairs 3 November 2004-21 December 2004
  • Minister for Small Business 21 December 2004-19 October 2005
  • Minister of Civil Defence 19 October 2005-19 November 2008
  • Minister for Courts 19 October 2005-19 November 2008
  • Minister of Internal Affairs 19 October 2005-19 November 2008
  • Minister of Veterans' Affairs 19 October 2005-19 November 2008
  • Associate Minister of Justice 5 November 2007-19 November 2008
  • Assistant Speaker 9 December 2008-5 April 2011
  • Member, Law and Order Committee 9 December 2008-18 May 2011
  • Chief Whip 5 April 2011-20 October 2011
  • Member, Business Committee 6 April 2011-20 October 2011
  • Member, Standing Orders Committee 6 April 2011-20 October 2011
  • Spokesperson, Courts 20 November 2008-26 November 2011
  • Spokesperson, Veterans’ Affairs 20 November 2008-26 November 2011

Personal details

Born 27 October 1951, Greymouth, married to Jennifer with three children and two step-children

Education/qualifications

  • Greymouth High School
  • Otago University

Career

  • Former Shop assistant
  • Former Bartender
  • Former Storeworker
  • Former Farmhand
  • Former Truck driver
  • Former Factory worker
  • Former Quarrier
  • Former Secretary, Otago Hotel Workers' Union
  • Former Secretary, Auckland and Northern Hotel, Hospital and Restaurant Workers' Union
  • Former National Secretary, Service Workers' Union
  • Former Executive Member, NZ Council of Trade Unions and Federation of Labour
  • Member for Hastings 6 November 1993-12 October 1996
  • Member for Tukituki 12 October 1996-17 September 2005
  • List member of Parliament 17 September 2005-26 November 2011

Community activities

  • Co-chairperson, NZ-China Parliamentary friendship group
  • Member, Commonwealth Parliamentarians' Association
  • Member, International Parliamentary Union
  • Member, Parliamentary friendship groups, Latin America, France and Germany
  • Member, Parliamentarians for Global Action
  • Patron, Schizophrenics Society
  • Patron, SPELD

Party activities

  • Member, Labour Party 1973-
  • Former Branch Chairperson, Labour Party
  • Former Industrial Representative, NZ Council
  • Former Junior Vice President, National Executive
  • Elected to Hastings Electorate 1993-1996
  • Electorate re-named Tukituki 1996-2005
  • Labour List MP 2005-2011

Leisure activities

Reading, riding his motorbike, avidly following his children’s sport and their other activities

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