Please join us for an economic update by National Party Leader and Chair of the Epidemic Response Committee, Hon Simon Bridges, and Spokesperson for Trade, Tourism, Economic Development, Workplace Relations and Safety, and Small Business, Hon Todd McClay.
Mr Bridges and Mr McClay will give National’s perspective on the Budget, speak on the emerging economic landscape and take part in live online Q&A with members.
Hon Simon Bridges
Leader of the Opposition of New Zealand @National Party
Simon Bridges is the National MP for Tauranga and Leader of the National Party. Simon became a National Party MP in 2008. Before that he was a senior a Crown Prosecutor in the District and High Courts where he conducted more than a hundred jury trials. He grew up in Te Atatu, West Auckland and is the youngest of six children. Simon studied law at Auckland University, before completing his Masters at Oxford University. It was at Oxford where he met his wife Natalie. They have three children, Emlyn, Harry and Jemima. In the previous National-led Government, Simon held several ministerial portfolios including Transport, Economic Development, Energy, Communications, and Leader of the House.
Hon Todd McClay
Hon Todd McClay is the Member of Parliament for Rotorua. He was first elected to Parliament in 2008 after winning the Rotorua seat from the Labour Government with a majority of more than 5,000 votes. Since then he has been re-elected in 2011, 2014 and 2017, where he increased his vote and majority each time. Mr McClay was appointed Minister in the fourth and fifth National governments and has held the portfolios of Minister of Trade, of State Owned Enterprises, and of Revenue. He has also been the Associate Minister of Health, of Tourism, of Trade, and of Foreign Affairs. Since entering Parliament Mr McClay has been the Chairman of the Finance and Expenditure, and Commerce select committees. He has been the Deputy Chairman of Social Services Committee, and a member of the Law and Order, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade committees.