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Speaker of the House, NZ Parliament

Minister for Primary Industries

Speaker of the House Rt. Hon. David Carter was appointed Minister for Primary Industries – incorporating agriculture, biosecurity, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture – following the 2011 General Election.

He was first elected to Parliament in 1994 as the MP for Selwyn. In the 1996 General Election, he won the Banks Peninsula electorate before becoming a list member based in Canterbury in 1999.

David was the Junior Government Whip in 1996, before being promoted to a Minister outside Cabinet in 1998. Ministerial responsibilities included Minister for Senior Citizens, Associate Minister for Food Fibre, Biosecurity and Border Control, Associate Minister for Revenue, and Associate Minister for Education.

From 1999 he was the National Party spokesman for Finance, Housing, and Tourism. In 2002 he was made the spokesman for Agriculture, and Chaired the Primary Production Select Committee. Following the 2008 General Election David’s Ministerial responsibilities included Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity and the Minister of Forestry.

David attended St. Bede’s College in Christchurch, and graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Lincoln University before embarking on a farming and business career.

David currently farms beef and sheep properties on Banks Peninsula and Cheviot in North Canterbury.