Since arriving in New Zealand from Beijing in 1994, Raymond has traversed successful careers in journalism, as Asian affairs reporter for the New Zealand Herald and law, as a Partner at Shieff Angland Lawyers.
Before returning to Parliament in March 2017, Raymond had served two terms as a list MP (2008-2014), sitting on various select committees including Finance and Expenditure, Justice and Electoral, Local Government and Environment and Commerce. He was Labour’s Spokesperson for Statistics, Export Education and Building & Construction as well as Associate Spokesperson for Justice and Ethnic Affairs.
In April 2013 Raymond was appointed an Honorary Professor of Law at his alma mater, China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. This appointment was matched by Victoria University in Wellington’s Faculty of Law, where he served as an Honorary Senior Associate.
In 2012 Raymond was presented with the “Green Angel Clean Tech Award” in Beijing recognising his contribution in promoting Auckland-based LanzaTech’s renewable energy technologies and NZ Inc.
Raymond strongly believes that as a smaller country New Zealand must be innovative and smarter. He believes that New Zealand should take a balanced approach to growing our economy with new thinking, modern technology and the sustainable use of resources.
He is a founding trustee and co-chair of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Charitable Trust, a cross-party initiative promoting New Zealand’s understanding of China, its people and culture. As part of being “Asia-literate”, he believes this will help prepare our future generations and assist them to make sense of the increasingly important Asian countries and markets.
Raymond is an Honorary Advisory of Asia:NZ Foundation and an advisory board member of NZ China Council.
In early 2017 while a partner at the Auckland-based law firm, he became a trustee of the NZ OBOR Foundation and NZ OBOR Think Tank charitable trust.
Raymond has published 7 books (as an author or co-author) and is a regular Chinese media commentator on current affairs and legal issues.
Raymond has been a strong advocate for encouraging our migrant communities to fully participate in society and the political process so they are engaged as contributing citizens.