Clayton Cosgrove

Labour List MP in Waimakariri

Spokesperson for Commerce and Veterans Affairs. Business Outreach. Associate Finance.

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Hon Clayton Cosgrove has been a Member of Parliament since 1999.

Spokesperson for: Commerce, Associate Finance, Tourism and Veterans’ Affairs. He is also a member of the Finance and Expenditure Parliamentary Select Committee. He was a Cabinet Minister from 2005 – 2008 holding the following portfolios: Minister of Immigration, Associate Finance Minister, Minister of Building & Construction, Minister for Small Business, Minister of Statistics, Minister for Sport & Recreation, Minister for the Rugby World Cup, and Associate Justice Minister.

Clayton lives in the Christchurch, where he went to school at St Bede’s College and later obtained MBA and BA (Triple Major) degrees from the University of Canterbury. He was a senior advisor to former NZ Prime Minister, Rt Hon Mike Moore. He is a former business owner and has worked in senior commercial roles in the telecommunications and minerals industries, both in Australia and New Zealand in the field of public/corporate affairs until 1999, when he was elected to Parliament.

In 2002, he was named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as 1 of 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow and in 2005 he was named, again by the WEF, as 1 of 237 Young Global Leaders.

In 2007, Clayton was one of only 30 people worldwide chosen to participate in a global leadership and public policy executive education programme at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2012, Clayton was one of 75 people worldwide chosen to attend an Executive Education Programme at Yale University.

Clayton is Co Chair for the NZ US Parliamentary Friendship Group and is also a member of the NZ Italian Parliamentary Friendship Group. He is patron of North Canterbury Special Olympics, an Associate Member of the Returned Services Association, a Trustee of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust, an Adjunct Senior fellow in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Canterbury and a member of the Advisory Board of the Public Sector Governance and Accountability Research Centre at Le Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

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Electorate office based in Kaiapoi, Waimakariri

Address: Unit 2 – 122 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 7630
Phone: 03 327 7737
Fax: 03 327 4095

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 470 6593
Fax: 03 327 4095


Latest from Clayton Cosgrove

Nats still dragging feet on GST after 7 years

November 16, 2015

National is still dragging its feet on applying GST to products bought from overseas and not giving small business a fair go, despite being in government for seven years, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.

“The best Todd McClay can come up with is releasing another discussion document on GST on overseas products in six months’ time. Small businesses in New Zealand deserve better than that.


Brownlee warned over EQC repairs but ignored them

August 24, 2015

Gerry Brownlee was warned that EQC’s underfloor repairs weren’t being done properly by industry experts, the cross party working group and in public but he arrogantly ignored them all, says Labour’s Earthquake Commission spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. 

“Today’s apology and commitment to new repairs comes far too late. Gerry Brownlee was warned numerous times by several experts that the people doing the underfloor repairs weren’t qualified and were using bad process.

Ministers must answer questions on IRD blowout

March 03, 2015

The current and previous Revenue Ministers must front up and explain how the child support system had a budget blowout from $30 million to $210 million in just four years, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.

“Peter Dunne was Revenue Minister for eight years. He oversaw the introduction of the new system. Yet both he and the new minister Todd McClay have been silent on the cost blowout.

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