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.