Todd Michael McClay (born 22 November 1968) is a New Zealand politician and former ambassador. He is the Member of Parliament for Rotorua. He was previously an ambassador for the Cook Islands and Niue to the European Union.
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
|Assumed office |
8 December 2008
|Preceded by||Steve Chadwick|
|11th Minister of Trade|
14 December 2015 – 26 October 2017
|Prime Minister||John Key|
|Preceded by||Tim Groser|
|Succeeded by||David Parker (as Minister for Trade and Export Growth)|
|Minister of State Owned Enterprises|
8 October 2014 – 26 October 2017
|Prime Minister||John Key|
|Preceded by||Tony Ryall|
|Succeeded by||Winston Peters|
|3rd Minister of Revenue|
10 June 2013 – 14 December 2015
|Prime Minister||John Key|
|Preceded by||Peter Dunne|
|Succeeded by||Michael Woodhouse|
|Born||22 November 1968|
Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
|Relations||Roger McClay (father)|
|Residence||Rotorua, New Zealand|
|Occupation||Member of Parliament for Rotorua|
McClay was born in Rotorua in 1968. The son of former National MP Roger McClay, he was educated at Tauhara College in Taupo, Wesley College in Auckland and Wellington Polytechnic in Wellington. He gained a bachelor's degree in Politics.
European Union diplomatic career
McClay worked in the European Parliament as Head of Staff to Lord Plumb, President of the European Parliament and Leader of the British Conservatives in the European Parliament. He has also been active in European government affairs and lobbying, and was a founder and CEO of a company, Political Relationship Management. McClay has been active in Pacific Islands, European and New Zealand diplomacy and politics since 1992, and was the Cook Islands' first accredited diplomat outside of the Pacific region. He remains the youngest-ever appointed Head of Mission to the European Union.
In 2000 the Cook Islands joined the Cotonou Agreement between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific states (ACP) and he was appointed as special representative of the Cook Islands. In 2002 the Cook Islands government upgraded its representation to the level of diplomatic mission, at which time McClay was appointed Ambassador to the EU. He has represented the Cook Islands at many international meetings and conferences, including the WTO, FAO, ACP, EU and UN.
Member of Parliament
|New Zealand Parliament|
First term, 2008–2011
In 2008, McClay was selected as the National Party candidate to stand for the Rotorua electorate in the 2008 New Zealand general election, running against incumbent Labour MP Steve Chadwick. McClay won the seat of Rotorua on election night with a majority of 5,065 (15.43%). He was sworn in as a Member of Parliament on 8 December 2008.
In 2009 his Shop Trading Hours Act 1990 Repeal (Easter Sunday Local Choice) Amendment Bill was drawn from the ballot. The bill would have allowed local authorities to permit shops to open on Easter Sunday – something currently prohibited in most of New Zealand. The bill was narrowly defeated at its first reading.
Second term, 2011–2014
In late June 2012, McClay announced his intention to bring a bill before Parliament to prohibit the display of gang insignia in all government premises, schools and hospitals in New Zealand. Modeled on the Whanganui Gang Insignia Act, McClay's announcement was met with strong public support. The Bill received Royal Assent on 12 August 2013 and became law the day after.
On 30 August 2012, McClay voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.
Third term, 2014–2017
Following the 2014 election, McClay was promoted to Cabinet retaining his position as Minister of Revenue, while picking up the portfolios of State Owned Enterprises, Associate Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Minister of Trade.
Following the resignation of former Trade Minister Tim Groser, McClay became Minister of Trade on 14 December 2015. He retained State Owned Enterprises and Associate Foreign Affairs, while handing over Inland Revenue to Michael Woodhouse.
In late July 2016, McClay was rebuked by Prime Minister John Key for downplaying concerns that China would retaliate if New Zealand undertook an investigation of Chinese steel dumping.
In 2017, McClay represented his party in Beijing before a dialogue organised by the International Liaison Department of the Communist Party of China (CCP). McClay also referred to the Xinjiang re-education camps as "vocational training centers" in line with CCP talking points.
Fourth term, 2017–2020
During the 2017 general election, McClay retained Rotorua for National by a margin of 7,901 votes.
In late August 2019, former National MP Jami-Lee Ross alleged that McClay had helped to facilitate a NZ$150,000 to the National Party in his capacity as Trade Minister in 2016 from a company owned by Chinese millionaire Lin Lang. McClay and the National Party have denied these allegations.
Fifth term, 2020–present
During the 2020 general election, McClay retained his seat in Rotorua by a final margin of 825 votes.
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