HON. MURRAY MCCULLY CNZM
The Honourable Murray Stuart McCully CNZM was New Zealand’s Minister of Foreign Affairs for eight and a half years and Member of Parliament for thirty years, retiring from politics in September 2017. Prior to entering Parliament he was a partner in the public relations firm Allan Fenwick McCully.
Elected to Parliament in 1987 as MP for East Coast Bays, he served a total of sixteen and a half years as a minister in the Bolger, Shipley, Key and English Governments, and until being appointed Foreign Minister, was a key National Party strategist. His term as Foreign Minister saw a resolution of the 30 year diplomatic standoff with the US, the building of stronger relationships across Asia, a strong emphasis on New Zealand’s role in the Pacific, and a successful two year term on the United Nations Security Council.
Murray McCully was awarded the CNZM in 2014 for his successful leadership of New Zealand’s UN Security Council campaign. As Minister of Sport for nine years, Minister for the America’s Cup in 1999 and Minister for the Rugby World Cup 2011, Murray McCully has played a leading role in the upgrade of New Zealand High Performance Sport, and been a key advocate for the role of major events in bringing economic and branding benefits to New Zealand. Murray McCully is the chairman of the McCully Consulting Group. He is a director of Far North Holding Ltd, chairman of the NZ Papua New Guinea Business Council and serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission on the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation appointed by the International Renewable Energy Agency.