Maurice Williamson


Maurice Williamson
The Honourable
Maurice Williamson
MP
Maurice Williamson at the NZ Open Source Awards
Minister of Customs
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Nanaia Mahuta
Minister for Building and Construction
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Shane Jones
Minister of Statistics
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Darren Hughes
Minister for Small Business
Incumbent
Assumed office
19 November 2008
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Clayton Cosgrove
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Pakuranga
Incumbent
Assumed office
1987
Preceded by Neil Morrison
Personal details
Born 6 March 1951 (1951-03-06) (age 60)
Auckland,  New Zealand
Political party National
Profession Computer programmer

Maurice Donald Williamson (born 6 March 1951) is a New Zealand politician, representing Pakuranga in the House of Representatives as a member of the National Party. He holds several ministerial portfolios outside the Cabinet: Building and Construction, Customs, Statistics and Small Business.[1]

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Before politics

Williamson was born in Auckland but spent nearly all his school years in Matamata. After graduating with qualifications in computer science and applied mathematics from the University of Auckland, he worked for twelve years developing airline planning software for mainframe computers.

Williamson is married to Raewyn and has three children. He is an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Computer Society (HFNZCS).

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1987–1990 42nd Pakuranga National
1990–1993 43rd Pakuranga National
1993–1996 44th Pakuranga National
1996–1999 45th Pakuranga 20 National
1999–2002 46th Pakuranga 14 National
2002–2005 47th Pakuranga none National
2005–2008 48th Pakuranga 17 National
2008–present 49th Pakuranga 8 National

Williamson is a member of the centre-right conservative National Party, and has been MP for Pakuranga since the 1987 elections. He has held a number of ministerial posts, including Minister of Communications, Minister of Broadcasting, Minister of Transport, and Minister Research, Science and Technology, and associate Minister of Health (1990-6). He was a strong supporter of reform of prostitution law.

His 2005 election campaign saw one of the strongest results for National across New Zealand.

Suspension

He was suspended from caucus on 22 July 2003, after refusing to curtail his criticism of the National Party leader, Bill English, who he blamed for poor performance in the polls.[2] After English was replaced by Don Brash, Williamson was reinstated. Since his return after suspension, Williamson has played an active role in National, and was elevated up the ranks to eighth position in the National lineup in 2008.[3]

Minister

After the 2008 general election, the National Party formed a minority government. Despite his high list placing, Williamson was overlooked for cabinet due to a series of gaffes during the election campaign relating to the party's policy on road tolls.[4] He was given ministerial responsibilities outside of cabinet for Customs, Building and Construction, Statistics and Small Business. One of the major matters under his governance is the ongoing Leaky homes crisis in the country, which he noted as having the government "stumped" due to its enormousness.[5]

In June 2009, Dr Richard Worth left Parliament after Prime Minister John Key losing confidence in him as a Minister over sexual allegations[6][7] Williamson was made the acting Minister of Worth's portfolios of Internal Affairs, National Library and Archives New Zealand.

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