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Hon Chris Carter

Published date: 30 Sep 2011
Independent - not party affiliated
Carter, Chris
Carter, Chris
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Former Parliamentary Roles

  • Labour Spokesperson, Ethnic Affairs: 1993 - 1996
  • Member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: 1993 - 1996
  • Junior Whip: 10 December 1999 - 27 July 2002
  • Deputy Chairperson, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: 1999 -2002
  • Chairperson, Labour Caucus Foreign Affairs Committee: 1999 - 2002
  • Chairperson, Labour Caucus Immigration Committee: 1999 - 2002
  • Minister of Conservation: 15 August 2002 - 5 November 2007
  • Minister for Ethnic Affairs: 15 August 2002 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister of Local Government: 15 August 2002 - 19 October 2005
  • Minister for Building Issues: 21 December 2004 - 19 October 2005
  • Minister of Housing: 19 October 2005 - 5 November 2007
  • Minister of Education: 5 November 2007 - 19 November 2008
  • Minister Responsible for the Education Review Office: 5 November 2007 - 19 November 2008
  • Labour Spokesperson, Education: 20 November 2008 - 5 May 2009
  • Deputy-Chairperson, Education and Science Committee: 9 December 2008 - 6 May 2009
  • Labour Spokesperson, Foreign Affairs: 5 May 2010 - 15 June 2010
  • Member, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee: 6 May 2009 - 21 July 2010
  • Member, Local Government and Environment Committee: 21 July 2010 - 4 August 2010
  • Labour Spokesperson, Conservation: 15 June 2010 - 10 August 2010
  • Labour Spokesperson, Ethnic Affairs: 20 November 2008 -10 August 2010

Personal details

  • Born 4 May 1952, Auckland
  • Has a partner
  • New Zealand’s first openly gay Member of Parliament

Education/qualifications

  • MA (Hons) in History
  • Teaching qualification

Career

  • Former Secondary school teacher
  • Former Poultry farmer
  • Former Government Representative, New Zealand Poultry Board
  • Director, New Zealand Egg Marketing Corporation: 1986 - 1990
  • Member, Film and Video Board of Review: 1990 - 1993
  • Labour Party member of Parliament: 6 November 1993 - 12 October 1996
  • Labour Party member of Parliament: 27 November 1999 - 10 August 2010
  • Independent member of Parliament: 10 August 2010 - 30 September 2011

Community activities

  • Justice of the Peace
  • Campaigner for the advancement of gay, lesbian and transgender rights since the early 1970s

Party activities

  • Vocal advocate for the Rainbow Communities in Parliament
  • Founding member, Rainbow Labour

This is the archived biography page for former Member of Parliament, Hon Chris Carter.