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Hon Grant Robertson

Minister of Finance, Minister for Sport and Recreation

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage

MP for Wellington Central



Manawatu Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure of hosting the Hon Grant Robertson at a Business Breakfast. Grant will join us following the release of his first budget in his new role as Minister of Finance on 17 May 2018.

Grant was born in Palmerston North and lived in Hastings before his family settled in Dunedin.

He studied politics at Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 1995. His involvement in the campaign against user-pays education led him to become President of the Otago University Students Association and, later, Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association.

Grant joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 1997 where he managed the New Zealand Overseas Aid Programme to Samoa. He was also posted to the United Nations in New York, working on environment and development issues.

On his return to New Zealand he became an advisor to then-Minister of Environment Marian Hobbs and then to former Prime Minister Helen Clark.

Grant’s belief in social justice and a desire to see every New Zealander able to achieve their potential led him to politics, and he has been the Member of Parliament for Wellington Central since November 2008.



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