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Hon Chris Tremain

Mr Tremain entered Parliament in 2005 representing the Napier electorate, which he presently holds. He was elected as the Junior Whip in 2007 and in 2009 became the Senior Whip. Following the 2011 general election he was appointed as a Minister outside Cabinet with the Civil Defence and Consumer Affairs portfolios, and held Associate Ministerial responsibilities in Tourism and Transport. In April 2012 he was appointed to Cabinet with the Internal Affairs and Civil Defence portfolios. In January 2013 he was appointed Minister of Local Government, retaining Internal Affairs. Following his announcement to retire from politics at the 2014 general election, he resigned as a Minister in January 2014.

Mr Tremain attended Napier Boys’ High School where he was Head Boy and then to Massey University, completing a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) and a Diploma of Business Studies (Marketing). After completing studies he became a successful businessman in the real estate and travel industries.

Mr Tremain is the son of former All Black, Kel Tremain. His involvement in sport started as a First XV rugby player at high school, for the Under 18 Hawke’s Bay provincial representative team, and also played for Massey University.

Mr Tremain is a strong advocate for Hawke’s Bay communities and youth. He has a lengthy involvement in local sporting organisations, having been Chairman of various sporting clubs, in particular, the regional sports trust, Sport Hawke’s Bay. Mr Tremain is a keen sportsman, who enjoys mountain-biking, orienteering and running.

Prior to his appointment as a Minister he was a Trustee of both the Parliamentary Sports Trust and the Parliamentary Charitable Trust; and co-Captain of the Parliamentary Rugby Team, for which he still plays. Mr Tremain initiated and supports the annual Parliamentary Play it Strange concert of New Zealand’s young musical talent, and brought the final of the annual Kids Literature Quiz at Parliament.