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Amy Adams was educated at Rangitoto College in Auckland, moved to Canterbury in 1988 and has been a proud Cantabrian ever since.

Amy studied law at Canterbury University, graduating with first class honours in 1992. Before entering politics, she was a partner with Mortlock McCormack Law in Christchurch, specialising in commercial and property law.

Amy is a previous member of the CDLS Property Law committee, the NZ Law Society’s Women’s Consultative Group and the Institute of Directors. Prior to becoming the MP for Selwyn, she was also the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of her local school.

Having been elected to Parliament in 2008, Amy served in her first term as Chairperson of both the Finance and Expenditure and Electoral Legislation select committees. She was also a member of the Justice and Electoral and Regulations Review Committees.

Following her re-election in 2011, Amy joined Cabinet as the Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Communications and Information Technology and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery. In April 2012, Amy took over from Nick Smith as the Minister for the Environment and relinquished the Internal Affairs portfolio. Amy’s achievements as Environment Minister included reform of the RMA and the development of the first ever national standards for New Zealand’s freshwater resources.

Amy regained the seat of Selwyn in September 2014, receiving the largest majority in the country and joined National’s front bench as the Minister of Justice, Minister for Courts, Minister of Broadcasting and Minister for Communications.

Amy lives in Aylesbury, with her husband Don and their two children, on their 250 hectare sheep and crop farm. She is a keen follower of, and occasional participant in, sport with particular interests in tennis and triathlons.

Latest news by Hon Amy Adams

Contempt of court report welcomed

Justice and Courts Minister Amy Adams has today tabled the Law Commission’s report on proposals to modernise New Zealand’s contempt of court laws. “Contempt law is intended to protect...

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Shortlist announced for Christchurch social housing transfer

Three Community Housing Providers have been given the opportunity to present formal proposals to take over up to 2500 Housing New Zealand properties and tenancies in Christchurch, the Government announced...

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Police to test victim video statements

Police Minister Paula Bennett and Justice Minister Amy Adams say using digital devices to take onsite statements from victims of family violence will reduce the stress on victims, save...

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