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Gerry Brownlee is the Member of Parliament for the Christchurch constituency of Ilam, a seat he has held comfortably since 1996.

Ranked fourth in Cabinet, he is Minister of Defence, Leader of the House (with responsibility for the Government’s legislative programme),Minister for Civil Defence, Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission, and Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.

He became Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister soon after a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch on 4 September 2010. His role got much larger following the 22nd of February 2011 when a 6.3 magnitude quake hit the city, killing 185 people and resulting in widespread residential and commercial property destruction. The earthquakes, and the subsequent rebuild of New Zealand’s second largest city, are New Zealand’s costliest event.

Gerry was born and educated in Christchurch and has lived in the Ilam electorate all his life. After leaving St Bede’s College, Gerry began his career in the family timber business. He trained as a carpenter, gained several trade qualifications and operated his own business. In 1980 Gerry trained as a secondary school teacher and he taught until 1995.

Following a long involvement in the National Party he won the constituency of Ilam in 1996. During his political career he has served as Junior Whip and Deputy Leader of the National Party, Minister for Economic Development, Minister of Energy and Resources, Associate Minister for the Rugby World Cup and Minister of Transport.

Gerry has always been involved in the local community and served on the Riccarton Bush Trust. He is a strong advocate for sport and cultural activity for all New Zealanders.

Latest news by Hon Gerry Brownlee

Fires highlight need for Civil Defence review

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says the fires in Christchurch City and the Selwyn District have highlighted the need to streamline New Zealand’s Civil Defence legislation. On Thursday, Mr Brownlee...

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NZDF deployed to help with Christchurch fires

Civil Defence and Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has requested the New Zealand Defence Force to provide support to local authorities in Christchurch as they deal with the Port Hills fires....

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Kaikōura Harbour restoration progressing well

The restoration of Kaikōura Harbour after last year’s magnitude 7.8 earthquake is expected to be completed by the middle of the year. Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has...

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