Hon Grant Robertson

MP for Wellington Central

Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation

Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage

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Hon Grant Robertson was born in Palmerston North and lived in Hastings before his family settled in Dunedin. 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 2008.

Grant 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 Vice President and then Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association.

After leaving university, Grant joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and was also posted to the United Nations in New York. On his return to New Zealand he became an advisor to then-Minister of Environment Marian Hobbs, then to Prime Minister Helen Clark.

In Opposition, Grant was Finance Spokesperson, and has previously held spokesperson roles for Labour in Employment, Skills & Training, Economic Development, Tertiary Education, State Services, Health, and Arts, Culture & Heritage. He is now the Minister of Finance and Sport and Recreation, Associate Minister of Arts, Culture and Heritage as well as the Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission.

Grant met his partner Alf in 1998 playing rugby, and their family now includes four grandchildren. In 2009 they were joined in a civil union.

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Wellington Central electorate office

Phone: 04 801 8079

220 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington
PO Box 27351, Wellington 6141

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 8703

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

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Latest from Hon Grant Robertson

National’s campaign of deception an affront to democracy

September 20, 2017

Voters this week have a clear choice between Labour’s optimism and honesty, or rewarding National’s campaign of relentless lies, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Day after day National has been deliberately spreading lies about Labour, our intentions and what we will do in Government. New Zealanders deserve better than this.

Labour committed to fair and progressive tax system

September 14, 2017

Labour is committed to a tax system where everyone pays their fair share and where we start to address the imbalances that have fuelled the housing crisis, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson and Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Michael Wood.

"Today Labour has released its full tax plan, bringing together a number of previous announcements and more detail on the Tax Working Group. Given the amount of misinformation being spread, it is important that we have all the information in one place.

National’s tax cuts reckless and irresponsible

September 13, 2017

It is time for Bill English and Steven Joyce to stop the scaremongering and lies, and front up to New Zealanders about the impact of their tax cuts, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“Bill English has no credibility on tax issues. He was the Finance Minister in a Government that increased GST after specifically ruling that out in the election campaign.

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