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Steven Joyce

The Honourable
Steven Joyce
MP
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41st Minister of Finance
Assumed office
20 December 2016
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Bill English
2nd Minister for Infrastructure
Assumed office
20 December 2016
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Position created (last held by Bill English)
Minister for Economic Development
In office
14 December 2011 – 20 December 2016
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Gerry Brownlee
Succeeded by Simon Bridges
Minister for Science and Innovation
In office
14 December 2011 – 20 December 2016
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Wayne Mapp
Succeeded by Paul Goldsmith
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
In office
27 January 2010 – 20 December 2016
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by Anne Tolley
Succeeded by Paul Goldsmith
15th Minister of Transport
In office
19 November 2008 – 14 December 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Annette King
Succeeded by Gerry Brownlee
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
In office
19 November 2008 – 14 December 2011
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by David Cunliffe
Succeeded by Amy Adams
Personal details
Born (1963-04-07) 7 April 1963 (age 54)
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand[1]
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Suzanne Joyce
Children 2
Alma mater Massey University
Occupation Broadcasting entrepreneur

Steven Leonard Joyce (born 7 April 1963) is a New Zealand politician, who entered the New Zealand House of Representatives in 2008 as a member of the New Zealand National Party. In the same year he became Minister of Transport and Minister for Communications and Information Technology. He later became Minister of Science and Innovation, and now serves as Minister for Finance and Minister for Infrastructure.

As a broadcasting entrepreneur with RadioWorks he was a self-made millionaire before he entered politics.[2]

Early life

Joyce's parents worked as grocers.[3] He went to school at Francis Douglas Memorial College, before enrolling at Massey University, applying to study veterinary science. However he "missed the cut",[4] graduating instead with a BSc in zoology. While at university he worked as a presenter and programme director on student radio.[5] He also took eleven economics papers at Massey from 1984 to 1986 and failed eight of these through insufficient grade, withdrawal, or failure to complete.[6]

Broadcasting career

After leaving university Joyce and a group of friends (including radio presenter Jeremy Corbett) started their own radio station, Energy FM, in New Plymouth.[4][5] With business partners, he built up RadioWorks over the next seventeen years, both organically and by acquisition, to a network of 22 radio stations and 650 staff. He retired as Managing Director of RadioWorks in April 2001, when CanWest purchased it, Joyce receiving $6 million for the sale.[5]

After RadioWorks he joined the New Zealand National Party, working as their campaign manager in both the 2005 and the 2008 general elections. He also served as CEO of Jasons Travel Media for two years until 2008.[citation needed]

In 2010 while Minister of Transport, Joyce admitted to two prior driving convictions, careless driving resulting in a fine in 1988, and careless driving causing injury resulting in a fine and loss of licence in 1989.[7]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 16 National
2011–2014 50th List 13 National
2014–2017 51st List 5 National
2017–present 52nd List 4 National

On 8 November 2008, Joyce was elected as a list-only candidate (ranked 16th on the party list) at the 2008 election in the Fifth National Government of New Zealand of the 49th Parliament of New Zealand representing the New Zealand National Party.

As a first term MP, Joyce was appointed to the office of the Minister of Transport and the office of the Communications and Information Technology.[8] Joyce was also appointed as a member of the Executive Council[9] and was titled as The Honourable Steven Leonard Joyce, MP. During his tenure as Minister of Transport a number of changes were introduced. In November 2009 a ban on using cellphones while driving came into effect.[10]

In 2010, New Zealand's unique right-hand rule at intersections was reversed. The minimum driving age was also raised from 15 to 16.[11] Both measures were subject to cabinet approval and public consultation, and eventually passed into law.[12]

This minimum driving age proposal was criticised by the editorial board of The New Zealand Herald for being too hesitant after experts and the public had favoured raising the driving age as high as 18 and in the opinion of the newspaper, Joyce "had not shown the resolve to follow the recommendations".[13]

He helped create Auckland Transport as a council-controlled organisation for Auckland. Joyce stated that "Auckland will need a good agency focused on delivering the projects that have been agreed by council" and noting that Council had a number of ways of ensuring that the entity was accountable.[14]

Joyce was also appointed to the Office of Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment[15] replacing Anne Tolley, effective 27 January 2010.

2011–present

Steven Joyce speaking in April 2015

In the 2011 election for the 50th New Zealand Parliament Joyce retained his seat in Parliament (as a list candidate, now rated 13th on the party list) and was appointed to the office of Minister for Economic Development.[16] in the Fifth National Government of New Zealand. His previous role as Minister of Transport[17] passed to Gerry Brownlee.

In May 2013, he signed a deal with casino Skycity Auckland, allowing it to install an additional 230 pokie machines and 40 new gambling tables, in exchange for building a $402 million convention centre.[18][19]

As of August 2013 he was given responsibility to investigate both the Novopay debacle and the 2013 Fonterra recall.[20]

A dildo was thrown at him during an anti-TPPA protest at the 2016 Waitangi Day celebrations while he was speaking to media. The protester responsible, Josie Butler, a nurse from Christchurch, shouted "That’s for raping our sovereignty". She claimed she was protesting against the TPPA. She was taken away by police, but not charged.[21]

Private life

Joyce lives in Albany, New Zealand with his wife Suzanne and their two children.[1][4]

References

  1. ^ a b Young, Audrey (20 March 2010). "Steven Joyce becomes Govt's 'everywhere man'". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Gower, Patrick (3 October 2009). "Key lieutenant makes most of a fast start". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Former campaign boss the bolter in Key's Cabinet". New Zealand Herald. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Roughan, John (16 October 2008). "A word with... Steven Joyce". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c Dudding, Adam (16 November 2008). "Key's six million dollar man – Steven Joyce". Sunday Star Times. Archived from the original on 21 January 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2009. 
  6. ^ "Finance Minister Steven Joyce confirms he dropped out of uni economics papers". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Bennett, Adam (16 September 2010). "Minister admits driving offences". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Appointment of Ministers" (21 November 2008), 179 New Zealand Gazette, pg. 4635.
  9. ^ "Members of Executive Council Appointed" (21 November 2008), 179 New Zealand Gazette, pg. 4634.
  10. ^ Williams, David (14 August 2009). "Cellphone ban comes with fines". The Press. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "NZ's right-hand rule set for change". The New Zealand Herald. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  12. ^ "Safer Journeys, First Actions" (PDF). Wellington: Ministry of Transport. March 2010. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  13. ^ "Editorial: Cabinet keeps to slow lane on driving age". The New Zealand Herald. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2010. 
  14. ^ Orsman, Bernard. "Joyce adamant on city transport giant". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Appointment of Ministers" (27 January 2010) 5 New Zealand Gazette, pg. 221.
  16. ^ "Vice Regal: Appointment of Ministers" (15 December 2011) 193 New Zealand Gazette, pg. 5651; accessed 25 January 2016.
  17. ^ "Resignation of Ministers" (14 December 2011), 193 New Zealand Gazette, pg. 5650.
  18. ^ "SkyCity convention centre set to create 800 jobs – Joyce". TV NZ. 13 May 2013. 
  19. ^ "SkyCity's pokie full house". Stuff.co.nz. 13 May 2013. 
  20. ^ Espiner, Colin (7 August 2013). "Mr Fixit in charge of dairy scare". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  21. ^ Elle Hunt. "New Zealand MP 'Dildo Baggins' cops sex toy in the face and takes ribbing on the chin". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 

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Preceded by
Annette King
Minister of Transport
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Gerry Brownlee
Preceded by
David Cunliffe
Minister for Communications and Information Technology
2008–2011
Succeeded by
Amy Adams
Preceded by
Anne Tolley
Minister for Tertiary Education
2010–2011
Title abolished
New title Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment
2011–2016
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Paul Goldsmith
Minister for Science and Innovation
2011–2016
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Minister for Economic Development
2011–2016
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Simon Bridges
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Minister of Finance
2016–present
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