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Murray McCully
A New Zealand politician. The current Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Sport and Recreation.


Murray McCully Biography



Murray Stuart McCully (born 19 February 1953 in Whangarei, Northland) is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the National Party, and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and former Minister for the Rugby World Cup.


Political career

McCully first entered Parliament as MP for East Coast Bays on the North Shore of Auckland in the 1987 elections, and became MP for the new seat of Albany in the 1999 elections. In the 2002 elections he returned as MP for the reconstituted East Coast Bays seat.


During the National government of 1990–1999, McCully served in a number of Cabinet roles, including those of Minister of Customs, Minister of Housing, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Immigration. He has a reputation as one of the National Party's chief strategists.


Murray McCully resigned from his Tourism portfolio in April 1999 after questions were raised regarding his handling of the resignation and subsequent payout of members of the Tourism board. These questions culminated in a report of the Controller and Auditor General that deemed these payouts "unlawful".


After National winning the 2008 election, McCully was sworn in as a Cabinet Minister on 19 November 2008. McCully was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister for Sport and Recreation, and Minister for the Rugby World Cup by Prime Minister John Key.




updated: 2013-09-09

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