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Hon Christopher Finlayson QC

Christopher Finlayson is Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Minister in Charge of the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, Minister Responsible for the GCSB and Associate Minister for Māori Development.

He entered Parliament in 2005 as a National Party List Member of Parliament. Following the 2008 election he assumed the roles of Attorney-General, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage in the John Key led Government. He became the Associate Minister of Māori Affairs after the 2011 election.

Before entering Parliament he was a lawyer and represented clients in all of New Zealand’s courts and tribunals, including nine appearances in the Privy Council. He practised law in Wellington for 25 years, where he was a partner at Bell Gully from 1990 – 2002 and thereafter a barrister sole.

For many years he maintained his links to academic life through part-time teaching at Victoria University's Law Faculty. He continues to sit on the Rules Committee of the High Court, which regulates court procedures in New Zealand.

Chris served on the board of Creative New Zealand for six years and chaired the Arts Board from 1998 - 2001. He was also a Trustee of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Foundation and a number of other arts organisations.



TUESDAY, 31 MAY 2016

8.30 am to 12.30 pm

Chair for the Forum: Sir Anand Satyanand
Former Governor General of New Zealand
and Member of the Rotary Club of Wellington. 


8:45am to 8.55am

Sir Anand Satyanand
Welcome, opening comments


8.55am to 9.00am

Kerry Prendergast
Welcome from the President
of the Rotary Club of Wellington


9.00am to 9.20am

Intelligence and Security
in a Free Society
Sir Michael Cullen, Co-author
of 'Intelligence and Security
in a Free Society'


9.20am to 9.30am

Russell Stanners, CEO, 
Sponsor of the Forum. BIO >


9.30am to 9.45am

Hon Chris Finlayson, Minister
responsible for the


9.45am to 10.00am

Discussion time and
questions with
the 3 previous speakers


 10.00am to 10.25am

Morning tea 


10.25am to 10.35am

Are Security-Liberty
Tradeoffs Necessary?
Professor Robert Ayson,
Professor of Strategic Studies,
Victoria University. BIO >


10.35 am  to 10.45am 

The Privacy Security

Peter Devoy,
Deputy Manager Border
Operations, Immigration NZ. 


 10.45 am  to 10.55am

Bulk Collection, Mass
Surveillance, Targeted
and the
issue of Consent

Dr Paul Buchanan
36th Parallel Assessments Ltd,
security commentator. BIO >


10.55am to 11.05am

Decolonizing data: The case
for Māori data sovereignty
Karen Coutts


11.05am to 11.20am

Discussion time and
questions with
the 4 previous speakers


11.20 am to 11.30am

Digital age privacy and security
go hand-in-hand
Professor Miriam Lips, 
Chair in Digital Government,
Victoria. BIO >


11.30 am to 11.40am

Why privacy isn't enough
Thomas Beagle,
National President, NZ Council
for Civil Liberties. BIO >


 11.40am to 11.50am

Security & social cohesion:
the value of belonging

Anjum Rahman,
Spokesperson, Islamic
Women’s Council. BIO >


11.50am to 12.00pm

Privacy vs Security
- The False Dichotomy
John Edwards,
Privacy Commissioner.


12.00pm to 12.15pm

Discussion time and
questions with
the 4 previous speakers


12.15pm to 12.30pm

Summing up and close
Sir Anand Satyanand



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