Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey has acknowledged the contribution of former MP Clayton Cosgrove, who today delivered his valedictory speech in Parliament.
Doocey, who was elected as the Member of Parliament for Waimakariri in 2014, said Clayton had worked hard for the electorate during his years as MP and had been a strong advocate for the area. “I thank Clayton for his contribution and wish him well,” Doocey said.
“Earthquake recovery has been a challenging time for Waimakariri with Clayton playing a role in the initial response stage; now that we have moved to a regeneration stage, the baton has been passed to me to continue the tradition of working hard to support the electorate moving forward.”
Doocey said: “I first met Clayton when we both attended St Bede’s College and our political views crossed paths. Although we may differ with our views on politics, what we have in common is the same view on the values of an MP, these being public service, hard work and a belief in making a difference for the people of Waimakariri.”
Clayton Cosgrove, who was born in Nelson, lives in Christchurch, where he went to school at St Bede’s College and later obtained MBA and BA (Triple Major) degrees from the University of Canterbury. He was a senior advisor to former NZ Prime Minister, Rt Hon Mike Moore. Clayton Cosgrove had held an electorate seat in a traditionally more conservative electorate.
His former mentor Mike Moore helped mentor Clayton in his early political days. Mike held the Waimakariri seat in 1996 after the 1996 electorate boundary changes. Mike Moore initially became an MP at the age of 23 in 1972, and would become a Overseas Trade Minister in the Lange government, and then the director general of the World Trade Organisation.
A member of the Labour Party since age 14, Clayton was chairman of the party’s Canterbury branch from 1989-94 and served as campaign manager to Labour Party leader Mike Moore in the 1990 and 1993 elections. Between 1999 to 2011 Clayton held the Waimakariri seat. Clayton’s first Ministerial role was in the Helen Clark Labour government as a Assisting Minister of Information Technology. He would later pick up portfolios for Building Issue,s Building and Construction, Small Business, Sports and Recreation, immigration Statistics and later the Rugby World Cup. He’s also been the Labour Party’s spokesperson since they’ve been in opposition for Veteran’s Affairs, Finance, Commerce, Business Outreach, and served on the Finance and Expenditure committee.
The 2011 election was a close race between Clayton and former national MP Kate Wilkinson for the Waimakariri electorate seat, but he lost the seat to her. He would still go on to be Labour’s spokesperson for Earthquake recovery. io.
Clayton courted controversy from some young local car enthusiasts on his stance around private racing in public areas, a number of which tried to set up a derogatory page on the now defunct bebo website, a pre-facbeook social media website. His conservative approaches have also sometimes been at odds with his more liberal Labour party colleagues.
Clayton is patron of North Canterbury Special Olympics, an Associate Member of the Returned Services Association, a Trustee of the Styx Living Laboratory Trust, an Adjunct Senior fellow in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Canterbury and a member of the Advisory Board of the Public Sector Governance and Accountability Research Centre at Le Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.
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