Mike Moore (New Zealand politician)

Mike Moore (New Zealand politician)
The Right Honourable
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
6th Director-General of the World Trade Organization
In office
1 September 1999 – 1 September 2002
Preceded by Renato Ruggiero
Succeeded by Supachai Panitchpakdi
Constituency Eden, Christchurch North
34th Prime Minister of New Zealand
In office
4 September 1990 – 2 November 1990
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Paul Reeves
Deputy Helen Clark
Preceded by Geoffrey Palmer
Succeeded by Jim Bolger
26th Leader of the Opposition
In office
2 November 1990 – 1 December 1993
Preceded by Jim Bolger
Succeeded by Helen Clark
10th Leader of Labour Party
In office
4 September 1990 – 1 December 1993
Deputy Helen Clark
Preceded by Geoffrey Palmer
Succeeded by Helen Clark
10th Minister of Foreign Affairs
In office
9 February 1990 – 2 November 1990
Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer
Mike Moore
Preceded by Russell Marshall
Succeeded by Don Mckinnon
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Papanui
In office
25 November 1978 – 14 July 1984
Preceded by Herbert John Walker
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch North
In office
14 July 1984 – 12 October 1996
Preceded by New constituency
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
Personal details
Born 28 January 1949 (1949-01-28) (age 62)
Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Yvonne Dereany
Profession Union orgainiser
Website Mike Moore

Michael Kenneth Moore ONZ (known as Mike Moore, born 28 January 1949) is a politician from New Zealand who has served both as Prime Minister of New Zealand and Director-General of the World Trade Organization. He is the current New Zealand Ambassador to the United States.


Early life

Moore was born in Whakatane, New Zealand in 1949. He was raised in Kawakawa and educated at the Bay of Islands College and Dilworth School. After leaving school he first worked as a labourer and then a printer. He became an active trade unionist and at the age of 17 was elected to the Auckland Trades Council. He became the first youth representative on the Labour Party executive and was Vice-president of the International Union of Socialist Youth for two consecutive terms.[1][2][3]

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1972–1975 Labour
1978–1981 39th Papanui Labour
1981–1984 40th Papanui Labour
1984–1987 41st Christchurch North Labour
1987–1990 42nd Christchurch North Labour
1990–1993 43rd Christchurch North Labour
1993–1996 44th Christchurch North Labour
1996–1999 45th Waimakariri none Labour

Moore began his parliamentary career when elected as the MP for Eden in 1972, becoming the youngest Member of Parliament ever elected. In 1978 he moved to Christchurch and was elected MP for the north Christchurch electorate, then known as Papanui. He held the seat until 1999: as Papanui until 1984, as Christchurch North until 1996, and as Waimakariri thereafter.

As a government minister he has held numerous portfolios, becoming best known in his role as Overseas Trade Minister with involvement in the GATT negotiations. In 1987 he also became Minister of External Relations and in 1988 Deputy Minister of Finance. In 1990 he became leader of the Labour Party and consequently Prime Minister for a few months, convincing the Labour caucus that, while he could not win the election for Labour, he would help save more seats than staying with the incumbent, Geoffrey Palmer. The Labour government was not returned to power in the next general election. He led the Official Opposition until 1993 and was spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Trade until 1999. He strongly considered forming a break-away party, the New Zealand Democratic Coalition, for the 1996 MMP election but then decided against it.

In 1998, he ran for the post of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation and was elected to this position on 22 July 1999. He took up the post on 1 September 1999.[2][4] The deal with his rival and successor Supachai Panitchpakdi meant that he served only half of the usual six year term in the post.

Political positions held

  • Opposition (NZ Labour Party) Spokesman, Foreign Affairs 1993–1999
  • Leader, Parliamentary NZ Labour Party 1990–1993
  • Prime Minister of New Zealand 1990
  • Minister of Overseas Trade and Marketing 1984–90
  • Minister of Tourism, Sport and Recreation 1984–87
  • Chairman, Cabinet Committee, Economic Development and Employment 1984–90
  • Minister for the America’s Cup 1988–90
  • Minister of External Relations and Trade 1988–90
  • Deputy Minister of Finance 1988–90
  • Member of Parliament, Waimakariri (formerly Papanui and Christchurch North) 1978 – 1999
  • Member of Parliament, Eden 1972 – 1975.[3]

World Trade Organization

Mike Moore was the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation from 1999 to 2002, his term coincided with momentous changes in the global economy and multilateral trading system. He is widely credited with restoring confidence in the system following the setback of the 3rd WTO Ministerial Conference held in Seattle in 1999. Ministers at the 4th WTO Ministerial Conference in Doha, Qatar respect him as the driving force behind the decision to launch a new round of multilateral trade negotiations. That meeting in 2001 also saw the successful accession to the WTO of China and Chinese Taipei, which along with Estonia, Jordan, Georgia, Albania, Oman, Croatia, Lithuania and Moldova joined during Mr Moore's term bringing in the majority of the world's population within the rules-based trading system. He gave particular attention to helping poor countries participate effectively in the multilateral trading system.[4]

Later life

In January 2010 it was announced the Moore would become the next New Zealand Ambassador to the United States.[5]

International services and appointments

  • Commissioner, UN Commission of Legal Empowerment of the Poor.
  • Commissioner, Global Commission on International Migration.
  • Director General of the World Trade Organisation 1999–2002.
  • Founding member, Global Leadership Foundation.
  • Senior Counsellor, Fonterra.
  • Member, Trilateral Commission.
  • Member, Economic Development Board, South Australia.
  • Special Advisor, China Institute for Reform and Development’s World Trade Organisation Reference Centre.
  • New Zealand Government Trade Envoy.
  • Special Advisor to the UN Global Compact for Business and Development.
  • Former Board Member to the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.
  • Member, Board of Governors for the Institute for International Business, Economics and Law, University of Adelaide.
  • Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University, Melbourne Australia and University of Adelaide, South Australia.
  • Chairperson, Advisory Board of Carnegie Mellon University, Adelaide.
  • Honorary Professor, Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai.
  • Honorary Professor, Chinese University for Political Science and International Law, Beijing.
  • Honorary Professor, Shanghai Customs College.
  • Visiting Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Birmingham, 2003.
  • Member, Competition Council, South Australia.
  • Honorary President, Beijing Afforestation Foundation.[6]
  • Member, Global Leadership Foundation[7]


Mike Moore is an author of a number of books, on subjects ranging from politics to the Pacific. His most recent book on globalisation, 'A World Without Walls', has also been published in Chinese and Turkish. He has a regular newspaper column that appears in five countries.[2][8]


  • 'Saving Globalization' (Wiley, 2009)
  • 'A World Without Walls' (Cambridge University Press, 2003, also published in Chinese and Turkish)
  • 'On Balance'
  • 'Beyond Today'
  • 'A Pacific Parliament'
  • 'The Added Value Economy'
  • 'Hard Labour'
  • 'Fighting for New Zealand'
  • 'Children of the Poor'
  • 'A Brief History of the Future'[4]

Honours and awards

  • The Order of New Zealand – New Zealand's highest honour
  • Commemoration Medal 1990 – New Zealand
  • Honorary Doctorate of Commerce – Lincoln University, New Zealand
  • Honorary Doctorate in Economics – People's University of China (Beijing)
  • Honorary Doctorate in Commerce – Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Honorary Doctorate, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Honorary Doctorate in Law, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Commander of the Order of the Equatorial Star – Government of Gabon
  • Chancellor’s Medal (Medalla Rectoral) – University of Chile
  • National Order of Côte d'Ivoire and also the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya – Government of Kenya
  • Order of Duke Branimir with Ribbon – Republic of Croatia
  • National Honour of Georgia – Government of Georgia
  • The Medal of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay – Government of Uruguay – highest national honour
  • Pope John Paul II Annual Medal – The Holy See.[6]


  1. ^ Traue, J. E., 'Who's Who in New Zealand' A.H. & A.W. Reed 1978 ISBN 0 589 01113 8
  2. ^ a b c Prime Minister of New Zealand – Past Prime Ministers: Mike Moore. Primeminister.govt.nz. Retrieved on 6 July 2011.
  3. ^ a b International Union of Socialist Youth (Veterans). Iusy.org. Retrieved on 6 July 2011.
  4. ^ a b c La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia: 4th Annual Global Finance Conference. Gfc2007.org. Retrieved on 6 July 2011.
  5. ^ Beehive Website. Beehive.govt.nz (20 February 2010). Retrieved on 6 July 2011.
  6. ^ a b Mike Moore Official website. Mike-moore.info. Retrieved on 6 July 2011.
  7. ^ Welcome to GLF Global Leadership Foundation[dead link]
  8. ^ La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia: Media Release[dead link]

External links

Unrecognised parameter
Preceded by
Herbert John Walker
Member of Parliament for Papanui
Constituency abolished
Constituency recreated
Title last held by
Sidney Holland
Member of Parliament for Christchurch North
Party political offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Palmer
Leader of the Labour Party Succeeded by
Helen Clark
Political offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Palmer
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Succeeded by
Jim Bolger
Preceded by
Russell Marshall
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Don Mckinnon
Preceded by
Renato Ruggiero
Director-General of the World Trade Organization
Succeeded by
Supachai Panitchpakdi

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