Hon. David Parker

Minister of Trade & Export Growth - New Zealand Government

Hon David Parker grew up and studied in Dunedin, graduating with a BCom/LLB from the University of Otago. He had a long career in business and law before being elected to Parliament as Labour Member of Parliament in the former electorate of Otago in 2002. In his earlier years, David was a managing and litigation partner in South Island law firm Anderson Lloyd. He was also involved in many businesses, including innovative bio-tech export start-ups A2 Corporation, BLIS Technologies, Botryzen and Pharmazen, as well as in more traditional industries. He is an experienced CEO and company director. David was appointed to Cabinet in 2005, and served as Minister of Energy, Climate Change, Transport, State Services, Attorney-General, and Land Information under Helen Clark’s Government. In Opposition, he served as Deputy Leader, Shadow Attorney General, and in Finance, Economic Development and various other roles. His focus has always been, and remains, on delivering prosperity and fairer economic outcomes for all New Zealanders. David has three children, and spends time in his hometown of Dunedin, and in Auckland with his partner Barbara.


8:45 – 9:05 am

State of the Nation">

The Minister will talk about the Coalition Governments trade priorities, including how trade can be more inclusive and of greater benefit to our wider society, thereby getting more public support for trade. We will then explore what are the trade-offs when doing Free Trade Agreements and what is the focus for the Government once we have a high coverage of FTA’s with trading partners?