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Clayton Cosgrove

Labour List MP in Waimakariri

Spokesperson for Commerce
Spokesperson for Veterans' Affairs
Spokesperson for Tourism
Associate Finance Spokesperson

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Clayton lives in Christchurch, where he went to school at St Bede’s College and later obtained an MBA and BA with a triple major from the University of Canterbury. He is a former small business owner and held senior positions in the private sector in the field of public and corporate affairs until 1999, when he was elected to represent the communities of Waimakariri in Parliament.

Clayton is the Labour Spokesperson for Commerce, State Owned Enterprise, Building and Construction, the Earthquake Commission and the Associate Spokesperson for Finance. He also served in several ministerial roles in the last Labour Government, including Building and Construction, Associate Finance, and Small Business.

Clayton has also worked in senior commercial roles in the telecommunications and minerals industries both in Australia and New Zealand and worked as a Senior Advisor to Rt Hon Mike Moore, former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Career Highlights

  • 1999 to present - Member of Parliament
  • 2002 - Named by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as one of 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow, and in 2005 named again by the WEF as one of 237 Young Global Leaders
  • 2007 - selected to participate in a global leadership and public policy executive education programme at the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, USA
  • 2012 – selected to attend an Executive Education Programme at Yale University, USA

Contact Clayton Cosgrove

Electorate office based in Kaiapoi, Waimakariri

Address: Unit 2 – 122 Williams Street, Kaiapoi 7630
Phone: 03 327 7737
Fax: 03 327 4095
Email: clayton.cosgrove.mp@parliament.govt.nz

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 470 6593
Fax: 03 327 4095
Email: clayton.cosgrove@parliament.govt.nz

Website

claytoncosgrove.org.nz


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.


Mandatory code of conduct needed for supermarkets

November 20, 2014

Labour has drafted legislation to establish a mandatory code of conduct for supermarkets to ensure New Zealand suppliers are not affected by anti-competitive behaviour.

“Even though the Commerce Commission found no technical breaches of the law through some of Countdown’s business practices when dealing with suppliers, 90 complaints would indicate there are serious issues which need to be dealt with,” says Labour’s Commerce spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove.


Insurance industry trumpets success but has 8000 claims in limbo

August 06, 2014

The Insurance Council of New Zealand has trumpeted the industry’s success in Canterbury through a press release today despite having over 8000 claims still to begin real work, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.

“The insurance industry is completely out of touch with the needs of Cantabrians. By the ICNZ’s own numbers there are 8205 claims still sitting in limbo.

The Insurance Council of New Zealand has trumpeted the industry’s success in Canterbury through a press release today despite having over 8000 claims still to begin real work, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.

“The insurance industry is completely out of touch with the needs of Cantabrians. By the ICNZ’s own numbers there are 8205 claims still sitting in limbo.


Out of touch Brownlee gets numbers wrong

July 29, 2014

Gerry Brownlee has shown how badly he is managing the rebuild by getting his figures wrong on how many houses are needed in Christchurch, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.

“Gerry Brownlee today tried to poor cold water on the figures from Phil Twyford and myself that showed CERA is thousands of homes behind in the rebuild. But he got it horribly wrong and forgot about thousands of families needing temporary housing


CERA spends almost $2m on 7000 flights

July 28, 2014

CERA has spent $1.8 million on 7286 flights from Christchurch to Wellington in three years – a huge waste of money as Cantabrians still wait for solutions, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.

“Of course CERA officials do need to travel to Wellington but 200 flights on average a month is an excessive airlines bill for an organisation based entirely in one region.


Ensuring insurance works for all into the future

July 09, 2014

Ensuring the insurance industry works as it should when Kiwis need it most is the driver behind Labour’s plans for an Insurance Commissioner, Labour’s EQC spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.

 “The Canterbury earthquakes have highlighted just how under-prepared both the industry and EQC were to handle a major disaster.


More asset sale slush fund spending revealed

July 04, 2014

Rather than paying down National’s record $60 billion debt as promised, Budget documents reveal the asset sale money is still being used as a Government slush fund, Labour’s State-Owned Enterprises spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove says.


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