Rt. Hon. David Carter
Member of Parliament / Farmer
CURRENT GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE:
Successful farming business owner for 47 years. Senior and respected participant of the New Zealand National Party Caucus. Current Member of Parliament but intend to retire in 12 months, completing a 26 year political career. Member of the International Parliamentary Union Committee on Human Rights, based in Geneva. I am responsible for investigating human rights abuses of fellow parliamentarians around the world.
PREVIOUS GOVERNANCE EXPERIENCE:
I have chaired numerous select committees as a Member of Parliament and became a Senior Cabinet Minister 2008 to 2012. I was involved in all major decisions of Government at that time. Elected Speaker of the NZ Parliament at the start of 2013, until the end of 2017. Effectively the country’s major governance role.
As a sole trading farming enterprise I have purchased, developed, farmed and sold 7 farm properties over a 47 year farming career. Currently farm a 10,000 stock unit sheep and beef breeding and fattening operation, spread over 3 properties: Manor Farm and Burnt Hollow on Banks Peninsula, and Cat Hill in North Canterbury. After obtaining a B.Agr.Sc degree in 1974 I was founder and managing director of NZ Transplant Breeders Ltd, New Zealand’s first commercial beef embryo transfer company that achieved a turnover of $1 million in its second year of operation.
• Speaker of NZ Parliament 2013 to 2017.
• Minister of Agriculture, Biosecurity, Economic Development, Forestry, and Primary Industries 2008 to 2012.
• Minister of Customers 1998 to 1999.
• Associate Minister of Revenue and Education 1998 to 1999.
• Member of the NZ National Party caucus 1994 to current day.
Though city born and bred, my passion was always to be a farmer. Armed with a B.Agr.Sc from Lincoln, I started farming at West Melton in 1972. I established New Zealand’s first commercial embryo transplant company to help introduce the new “exotic” cattle breeds to Australia and New Zealand. But Politics was my other passion. I was elected to Parliament in 1994, and on the pathway to achieve my ambition—Minister of Agriculture. This was finally interrupted when Parliament elected me to be Speaker, a privileged position that I held for five years. But, after 25 years as an MP, it’s time to let another generation have a go. It’s a chance to offer my experience to my first passion—NZ agriculture. Ruralco has a unique history. I believe with good governance, good management and a dedicated staff, it has potential to deliver even greater benefits to its shareholders.