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Bill’s Story

Simon William English, better known by New Zealanders as Bill, has served New Zealand and the National Party since his election to Parliament in 1990. Born in Lumsden in 1961 and educated at St Patrick’s College Silverstream he studied Economics at the University of Otago and English Literature at Victoria. He went on to work as a Treasury analyst before returning to the family farm in Dipton and standing in the seat known today as Clutha-Southland – a post he held until his decision in 2014 to stand as a List MP only.

As Finance Minister from 2008 until 2016, he oversaw one of the fastest-growing economies in the developed world, steering it through shocks including the Global Financial Crisis and the Christchurch earthquakes and returning the Government’s books to surplus. He also focused on tackling New Zealand’s toughest social problems, including inequality, welfare dependence and the educational under achievement of Maori and Pasifika children, aiming to give all New Zealanders the best chance of succeeding. He is married to Mary, a GP, and they have six children.

As Prime Minister I am committed to building a New Zealand which rewards hard work and enterprise and which cares for our most vulnerable. I recognise the aspiration of all New Zealanders to flourish and this Government will work hard to help them do so.

— Bill English

Latest news by Rt Hon Bill English

PM announces changes to ministerial portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and...

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Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants appointed

Prime Minister Bill English has announced that Sir Bruce Robertson and Warwick Gendall have been appointed as Commissioners of Intelligence Warrants.Sir Bruce has also been appointed Chief Commissioner of Intelligence...

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April 1 changes to help our kids

Changes squarely focussed on the protection of children and young people come into effect tomorrow, along with a range of measures to ease the burden on many families, Prime Minister...

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