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Wayne Daniel Mapp QSO (born 12 March 1952)[2] is a New Zealand politician, who represented the National Party in the New Zealand Parliament. He served as the MP for the North Shore electorate from the 1996 elections until his retirement in late 2011. Before entering politics, he lectured in commercial law at University of Auckland.

Wayne Mapp

Wayne Mapp (Office).jpg
Wayne Mapp at his office in Wellington in February 2010
36th Minister of Defence
In office
19 November 2008 – 30 November 2011
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byPhil Goff
Succeeded byJonathan Coleman
Minister of Research, Science and Technology
In office
19 November 2008 – 30 November 2011
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Preceded byPete Hodgson
Succeeded bySteven Joyce
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for North Shore
In office
12 October 1996 – 30 November 2011
Preceded byBruce Cliffe
Succeeded byMaggie Barry
Personal details
Wayne Daniel Mapp

(1952-03-12) 12 March 1952 (age 67)
Te Kopuru, Northland, New Zealand
Political partyNational Party
Spouse(s)Denese Henare[1]


Early yearsEdit

He gained his LLB (Hon) at University of Auckland. This was followed by his LLM from University of Toronto and his PhD in International Law from Christ's College, Cambridge in 1988.

He served as an infantry Major in 3rd Auckland (Countess of Ranfurly's Own) and Northland Regiment Royal New Zealand Territorial Army, later specialising in military intelligence.

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1999 45th North Shore 58 National
1999–2002 46th North Shore 33 National
2002–2005 47th North Shore 7 National
2005–2008 48th North Shore 14 National
2008–2011 49th North Shore 13 National

Mapp was elected MP for the North Shore seat at the 1996 general election.

In a September 2003 house sitting, Mapp criticised the incumbent government's lack of support for the US-led invasion of Iraq. His comment pertained to New Zealand being "missing in action" in Iraq, John Key echoed support for his statements and this was used in Labour's election advertising in the 2008 New Zealand general election.[3]

On 26 October 2005, National Party leader Don Brash appointed Mapp as the party's Political Correctness Eradicator, following a speech Mapp had given on the topic earlier that month.

Previously Mapp served as National's spokesperson for Industrial Relations and chaired the Caucus Policy Committee. Brash ranked him 14th within the National Party caucus. Following the election of John Key as the National Party leader in November 2006, Mapp became more prominent within the National Party caucus, narrowly missing out on a front-bench position in Parliament.

Following National's victory in the 2008 general election,[4] Mapp was appointed to the offices of Minister of Defence, and Minister of Research, Science and Technology[5] and also as a member of the Executive Council[6] and became The Hon. Dr. Wayne Daniel Mapp M.P.

On 1 February 2011 when the Ministry of Ministry of Research, Science and Technology was replaced[7] by the Ministry of Science and Innovation Mapp was appointed to lead the new ministry.[8]

Mapp announced his impending retirement from parliament on 15 December 2010 with effect in 2011.[1]


On 15 December 2011, in recognition of his term as a Member of the Executive Council of New Zealand, Mapp was granted the right to retain the title The Honourable for the rest of his life.[9]

On 28 February 2012, Mapp was appointed to the New Zealand Law Commission.[10]

In the 2013 New Year Honours, Mapp was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a member of Parliament.[11]

Hit and RunEdit

On 21 March 2017, investigative journalists Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson published Hit & Run: The New Zealand SAS in Afghanistan and the meaning of honour. On 30 March 2017, Mapp wrote in a blog post that he was a source for the book.[12][13]


  1. ^ a b Liz Willis (15 December 2010). "National MP Wayne Mapp to retire".
  2. ^ Alister Taylor (2001). New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001 Edition. Alister Taylor Publishers. p. 576. ISSN 1172-9813.
  3. ^ (10 September 2003) 611 New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 8569.
  4. ^ "2008 General Election Results of The Official Count" (22 November 2008) 180 New Zealand Gazette 4669.
  5. ^ "Appointment of Ministers" (21 November 2008) 179 New Zealand Gazette 4635.
  6. ^ "Members of Executive Council Appointed" (21 November 2008) 179 New Zealand Gazette 4634.
  7. ^ "Resignation of Minister" (1 February 2011) 11 New Zealand Gazette 248.
  8. ^ "Appointment of Minister" (1 February 2011) 11 New Zealand Gazette 248.
  9. ^ Retention of the Title 'The Honourable' (15 December 2011) 200 The New Zealand Gazette 5729.
  10. ^ "New appointment to Law Commission". Scoop Media. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2012.
  11. ^ "New Year honours list 2013". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  12. ^ Wayne Mapp (30 March 2017). "Operation Burnham".
  13. ^ The Spinoff (30 March 2017). "'As a nation we owe it to ourselves to find out': former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp admits he was a source for Hit and Run".

External linksEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Bruce Cliffe
Member of Parliament for North Shore
Succeeded by
Maggie Barry