22nd International Conference on The Future of Asia

Monday May 30 and Friday Tuesday 31, 2016


Paul Goldsmith

Paul Goldsmith

Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, New Zealand

Elected as a National List MP in 2011, Paul Goldsmith lives in the Epsom electorate with his wife Melissa and their four children.


Born in Mt Eden, he attended Auckland Grammar School and has an MA in history from the University of Auckland. After working in parliament as a speech writer and press secretary for three cabinet ministers, he returned to Auckland and the public relations industry.


Paul stands for an open, outward looking, multi-cultural, dynamic and democratic New Zealand, where our institutions are based on equality and accountability.


For ten years before he entered Parliament in 2011 he built his own business, operating as a business historian and biographer. He has written widely about our country’s history, the development of its economy and its place in the world. His two most recent books are biographies of well-known New Zealand businessmen Alan Gibbs (Serious Fun) and Sir William Gallagher (Legend).


From 2007 to 2010 he served as an Auckland City Councillor. In Parliament he chaired the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee.


Following re-election to Parliament in 2014, he was made a Minister outside Cabinet with portfolio responsibility for Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Paul was also made Associate Minister for ACC.


Paul is an enthusiastic pianist and has a broad interest in the arts; he has a 2nd dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and plays on the right wing for the Parliamentary Rugby team.

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