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Grant Robertson 

MP for Wellington Central
Labour’s Deputy Leader
Labour Spokesperson for Employment, Skills and Training
Labour Spokesperson for Arts, Culture and Heritage

Previous Work

I worked at the United Nations inNew York – as a New Zealand diplomat, representing NZ views on the environment, economic development, population, overseas aid and South Pacific issues. I was the Vice President of the Board of the UN Development Programme and UN Population Fund. I managed NZ Overseas Aid Programme to

Samoa – a $7.7 million fund with projects in diverse areas such basic education, healthcare, public sector capacity building, small business development, and the empowerment of women.

I was an advisor to the Prime Minister and to the Hon. Marian Hobbs. Prior to the election, I was working promoting and developing the basic and commercial research activities of the University of Otago in Wellington.

I  was elected to Parliament in November, 2008, as the Member for Wellington Central.


BA (Hons) Political Studies, University of Otago.

Advocacy and community
- Trustee (Member of Governing Board),
- New Zealand Aids Foundation, 2005-2008
- President of the New Zealand University Students' Association 
- President of the Otago University Students' Association

I live in Northland/Wilton with my partner Alf. I grew up in Dunedin, I was born in Palmerston North, and lived in Hastings as well. I have been in Wellington for nearly 14 years (apart from time away as a diplomat). I spend too much time watching sport – particularly rugby, cricket, still play a bit of indoor netball, squash, etc. I enjoy cooking, movies, listening to New Zealand music and reading New Zealand literature.
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