Rt Hon Jenny Shipley
Jenny Shipley became Prime Minister in 1997 after a rapid rise through the ranks in New Zealand politics. As Prime Minister she guided the country through New Zealand's controversial first MMP Parliament and through the demands of the Asian economic crisis, returning New Zealand to impressive economic growth of 4%+ which laid the ground work for New Zealand’s subsequent strong economic performance.
She chaired a highly successful APEC Leaders Conference in New Zealand in 1999, advancing the free trade agenda, promoting economic cooperation and advancing positive regional relationships. She also played a key role in achieving the East Timor solution which saw democracy restored and a new independent Government formed.
Jenny was elected MP for Rakaia 1987, and her 15 year parliamentary career has seen her in many other key roles, including Leader of the Opposition and in senior ministerial positions, where she led major reform in New Zealand Welfare and Health, in ACC and Transport Services.
She was New Zealand’s first woman Prime Minister and provides a positive role model for women of all ages. She promoted major legislation that advanced the status of women and minority groups and brought new accountability to the state sector. She oversaw privatisation of several State Owned Enterprises, which allowed many New Zealanders to become shareholders. She strengthened New Zealand’s ties with major trading partners and regional powers and strongly promoted free trade agreements in the region.
In these roles she has been known for her conviction and determination to take New Zealand forward, for the passion she brought to politics and her willingness to promote new ideas whether popular or controversial.
Jenny retired from politics in July 2002 to expand her own business interests - consulting, speaking and providing strategic and project focused public and private sector work in New Zealand and internationally. She is an experienced presenter who can cover a wide range of subject material.
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