Andrew Bayly MP for Hunua
In the 2014 Election Andrew was elected to Parliament as the National MP for the Hunua Electorate with a majority of 17,376 votes. He has been appointed to the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee, Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee and Deputy Chair of the Regulations Review Select Committee.
Prior to entering Parliament, Andrew initially trained as an accountant before working with merchant banks in New Zealand and London for a period of 10 years. After returning to New Zealand, he co-founded Cranleigh, a firm offering corporate advisory and capital markets advice to a range of government entities, local authorities and corporate clients. Cranleigh has offices in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore.
Formerly an Officer in the New Zealand Territorial Army and British Parachute (TA) Regiment, Andrew is comfortable in the outdoors and the boardroom. Andrew had a long career in adventure racing, including competing in three Coast-to-Coast events, marathons and Ironman events. More recently he took up mountaineering, having scaled many mountain peaks, including Aoraki Mt Cook and Mt. Aspiring, and four mountains in Antarctica, including Vinson Massif (highest mountain in Antarctica), a first ascent and new route on a third. In the summer of 2012/13 he dragged a sled 112 kms to the South Pole and in 2016 he and his son each dragged sledges 120 kms across the ice to the North Pole. It is estimated that only about 100 people have trekked to both Poles.
Andrew was born in Whanganui into a farming family. With his twin brother Paul, he has owned a hill country farm and a range of other businesses, including an award-winning composting and recycling environmental business that receives over 60,000 tonnes per annum of organic and inorganic materials that are processed into beneficial products for use by horticulturalists and farmers.
During his corporate career he has been a director of numerous companies, including the chair of the board of New Zealand Financial Planning and a trustee of the Enterprise Franklin Development Trust, the economic development arm of the Franklin Council.
Andrew graduated from Massey University and is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the NZ Institute of Management, the NZ Chartered Institute of Corporate Management and the UK Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Andrew is married and has three sons.