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Craig Raymond Robert Foss (born 4 July 1963) is a New Zealand investment banker and politician of the National Party. He represented the Tukituki electorate in the House of Representatives from the 2005 election until the 2017 election.

Craig Foss
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Minister of Civil Defence
In office
8 June 2011 – 22 January 2013
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byJohn Carter
Succeeded byNikki Kaye
Minister for Senior Citizens
In office
8 June 2011 – 14 December 2011
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byJohn Carter
Succeeded byJo Goodhew
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tukituki
In office
17 September 2005 – 23 September 2017
Preceded byRick Barker
Succeeded byLawrence Yule
Majority2,402 (2005)[1]
Personal details
Born (1963-07-04) 4 July 1963 (age 56)
Lower Hutt, Wellington
Political partyNational
Spouse(s)Kristal Foss
ChildrenTwo daughters
ProfessionInvestment banker

Early yearsEdit

Foss was born on 4 July 1963 in Lower Hutt, the son of Raymond Foss and Rosemary Dwyer. He attended Victoria University of Wellington, completing a BCA. He worked in the banking sector. He was Chief Dealer for the Bank of New Zealand.[2] Subsequently, he worked for Credit Suisse Financial Products as Interest Rate Risk Manager in London and Tokyo.[2]

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Tukituki 44 National
2008–2011 49th Tukituki 33 National
2011–2014 50th Tukituki 21 National
2014–2017 51st Tukituki 17 National

In the 2002 election, Foss first contested the Tukituki electorate, but was beaten by Labour's incumbent, Rick Barker, by a large margin.[3] His list ranking at 47th place was not high enough to enter Parliament.[4]

Foss contested the same electorate in 2005, this time ranked 44th on the party list, and managed to defeat Barker; he thus won the Tukituki seat and entered Parliament.[5] He was returned to the 49th Parliament with a greatly increased majority in the 2008 election.[6] His majority increased to nearly 10,000 votes in the 2011 election.[7] In the 2014 election, his majority dropped to 6,490 votes.[8]

On 8 June 2011, Foss became Minister of Civil Defence, replacing John Carter who left to take up a High Commissioner post in the Cook Islands.[9] He remained in that role until 14 December 2011, when he was succeeded by Nikki Kaye.[2]

At the same time, Foss also picked up the Racing and Senior Citizens portfolios but remained a Minister outside Cabinet for the remainder of the 49th New Zealand Parliament. He also relinquished those ministerial roles on 14 December 2011, with Jo Goodhew succeeding him as Minister for Senior Citizens.[2]

Foss lost those various ministerial roles on 14 December 2011 to become Minister of Commerce from then, a position he held until 6 October 2014.[10]

Foss was most recently Minister for Small Business, Minister of Statistics, Minister of Veteran's Affairs, Associate Minister of Immigration, and Associate Minister of Transport. He relinquished these portfolios on 20 December 2016. Foss was involved in the Novopay teacher payroll system as an Associate Education Minister seeing through the introduction and the widespread problems.[11]

On 14 December 2016, Foss announced that he would quit politics at the 2017 general election.[12] The electorate of Tukituki was won at the election by Lawrence Yule, retaining it for the National Party.

Outside ParliamentEdit

Foss owns a small farm and some tourist accommodation.[2]


  1. ^ "Official Count Results – Tukituki". Electoral Commission. 1 November 2005. Archived from the original on 7 March 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Hon Craig Foss". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Official Count Results – Tukituki". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Official Count Results – Tukituki". Chief Electoral Office. 1 October 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Official Count Results – Tukituki". Chief Electoral Office. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Official Count Results – Tukituki". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  8. ^ "Official Count Results – Tukituki". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  9. ^ "MP Craig Foss picks up ministerial roles". 7 June 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Foss, Craig – New Zealand Parliament". 22 August 2016. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "National MP Craig Foss quits politics". The New Zealand Herald. 14 December 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2017.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Rick Barker
Member of Parliament for Tukituki
Succeeded by
Lawrence Yule
Political offices
Preceded by
John Carter
Minister for Senior Citizens
Succeeded by
Jo Goodhew
Preceded by
Simon Power
Minister of Commerce
Succeeded by
Paul Goldsmith