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21st September - Breakfast with the NZ High Commissioner to the UK , His Excellency Phil Goff

Date: 21st September 2023

Start Time: 08:00

End Time: 10:30

Phil Goff was born and brought up in Auckland. He graduated from the University of
Auckland with a Master’s Degree (1st Class Honours) in Political Studies and then taught at
the University for four years.

In 1981 he ran for Parliament as a Labour candidate and won the Auckland seat of Roskill.
He was elected to Cabinet in 1984 in the Lange Government and at age 31 became the
youngest ever Cabinet Minister in New Zealand. Over those first six years in Cabinet, his
portfolios included Housing, Employment, Environment, Tourism, Youth Affairs and

Losing his seat in 1990, Phil taught for three years as a Senior Lecturer in Politics for the
Bachelor of Communications course at the Auckland University of Technology, and attended
Nuffield College at Oxford on an FCO scholarship.

Re-elected in 1993 in his former seat of Roskill, Phil served as an MP through to 2016 with
nine further years as a Cabinet Minister in the Clark Government. His portfolios included
Foreign Affairs, Justice, Trade, Defence, Disarmament, Corrections and Associate Finance.
In 2008 to 2011, he served as Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition.
In 2016 and 2019 he was elected and then re-elected as Mayor of Auckland, retiring from
this position in 2022.

He was awarded Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for public service and Order
of Merit from Timor Leste.

Phil and his wife Mary have three adult children and three young grand-children

Venue: Memery Crystal LLP

165 Fleet St, London EC4A 2DY (nearest tube stations Temple. Blackfriars & Chancery Lane)

Non Members Price: £30.00

Members Price: £0.00

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