IPANZ has invited Labour MP Grant Robertson (Finance and Employment Spokesperson) to share his party's vision for The Future of the Public Sector.
This session provides the opportunity to not only hear Grant’s views on the future of the sector, but also the chance for questions and engagement.
MP for Wellington Central, Labour Party Spokesperson for Finance and Employment. Chair, Future of Work Commission
Grant studied politics at Otago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts with honours in 1995. His involvement in the campaign against user-pays education led him to become President of the Otago University Students Association in 1990, and later Vice President and then Co-President of the New Zealand University Students Association.
After leaving university, Grant joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He managed the New Zealand Overseas Aid Programme to Samoa – a $7.7 million fund with projects in areas such as education, healthcare, public sector capacity building, small business development and the empowerment of women. He was also posted to the United Nations in New York, working on environment and development issues.
On his return to New Zealand he became an advisor for then Minister of the Environment Marian Hobbs. From there he went on to work in the office of former Prime Minister Helen Clark. In 2006 Grant began work as the research business manager for the University of Otago at the Wellington School of Medicine.
He stood for Wellington Central in 2008 when Marian Hobbs retired, winning the electorate with a majority of 1904 votes. In the 2011 election he grew that majority to 6376, and in 2014 to 8267. Grant was elected Deputy Leader by the Labour caucus after the 2011 election, serving in that role until September 2013.
Grant became Labour’s Finance Spokesperson in November 2014. He is a member of the Finance and Expenditure select committee, Parliament’s Privileges Committee, and is chair of the Jobs and Growth Caucus Committee.