In the 2014 Election Andrew was elected to Parliament as the National MP for the Hunua Electorate with a majority of 17,376 votes. In 2017, he further increased his majority to 19,443, the third highest in the country. In addition, Hunua was the electorate with the highest National Party vote in New Zealand.
Electorate boundary changes in 2020 saw the Hunua electorate replaced by the newly redrawn Port Waikato electorate at the 2020 Election. Andrew was elected to the 53rd Parliament to represent the people of the Port Waikato electorate.
In the 52nd Parliament, Andrew was National's Spokesperson for Revenue, Commerce, State Owned Enterprises, Small Business and Manufacturing, and Associate Spokesperson for Finance. He was also a Member of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee and was Co-Chair of the Middle East/Africa Parliamentary Friendship Group.
Andrew successfully steered through Parliament two Private Member’s Bills. The first related to methamphetamine contamination of residential properties and clarified the rights of owners and tenants. Changes were incorporated into the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill. More recently he piloted changes to the Arbitration Act which passed through the House unanimously and which significantly enhanced arbitration proceedings and how they are conducted in NZ.
Before entering Parliament, Andrew initially trained as an accountant before working with merchant banks in New Zealand and London for a period of 10 years. After returning to New Zealand, he co-founded a merchant bank, offering corporate advisory and capital markets advice to a range of government entities, local authorities and corporate clients.
Formerly an Officer in the New Zealand Territorial Army and British Parachute (TA) Regiment, Andrew is comfortable in the outdoors and the boardroom. Andrew had a long career in adventure racing, including competing in three Coast-to-Coast events, marathons and Ironman events. More recently he took up mountaineering, having scaled many mountain peaks, including Aoraki Mt Cook and Mt. Aspiring, and four mountains in Antarctica, including Vinson Massif (highest mountain in Antarctica), a first ascent and new route on a third. In the summer of 2012/13 he dragged a sled 112km to the South Pole, and in 2016 he and his son James each dragged sledges 120km across the ice to the North Pole. It is estimated that only about 150 people have trekked to both Poles.
In January 2019, with his son Dan, he undertook a 500km camel ride through Jordan retracing the route taken by Colonel T.E. Lawrence and the tribes from the region when they carried out the successful military action against Turkish forces to capture the port city of Aqaba. They were the first people to retrace Lawrence’s journeys since WW1.
Andrew was born in Whanganui into a farming family. With his twin brother Paul, he has owned a hill country farm and a range of other businesses, including an award-winning composting and recycling environmental business that receives over 60,000 tonnes per annum of organic and inorganic materials that are processed into beneficial products for use by horticulturalists and farmers.
During his corporate career he has been a director of numerous companies, including the chair of the board of New Zealand Financial Planning and a trustee of the Enterprise Franklin Development Trust, the economic development arm of the Franklin Council.
Andrew graduated from Massey University and is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, the NZ Chartered Institute of Corporate Management and the UK Chartered Association of Certified Accountants. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in London.
Andrew is married and has three sons.
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