Sir Patrick Goodman GNZM CBE
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Sir John Goulter KNZM JP
Hon John Banks CNZM QSO MP
David Clendon MP
Hon David Cunliffe MP*
Hon Peter Dunne MP*
Sir John Goulter KNZM JP*
Rt Hon John Key MP
Rt Hon Winston Peters MP
Sir Noel Robinson KNZM*
Hon Dr Pita Sharples CBE MP JP
David Shearer MP
Lindsay Tisch MP JP*
*Member of the Trust Board
Michael Fokker MVO JP
The New Zealand Business and Parliament Trust was formed in 1991 to bridge a perceived gap of understanding between MPs and business people. It adopted the following as its main objectives:
The Trust is an educational charity and not a lobbying organisation and it is non-partisan.
Members of the Trustee Council include the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition, and the leaders of the other parliamentary parties. At present there are nine parliamentary and six corporate members of the Council, the latter elected by the corporate membership.
A smaller Trust Board of four corporate member representatives and three parliamentary representatives, drawn from the Trustee Council, exercises the legal functions and obligations of the Trust.
By convention, the Speaker of the House acts as President of the Trust and its Chairperson is a corporate representative.
The Trust is financed by subscriptions paid by member companies which enable the Trust to fund study courses for MPs and business people. Corporate membership of the Trust is open to organisations that have the necessary structure to provide MPs with a meaningful study programme.
Associate Membership is open to those MPs who complete a Business Study Programme.
20th Anniversary: The Trust is proud to have completed 20 years of operations and at a dinner held on 4 April this year to mark the occasion, a book on its history was 'lauched', written by John R Martin. Copies of this book are available from the office of the Trust - please send your request via the Contact page.