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Phil Heatley : biography

1967 –

Philip Reeve Heatley (born 1967) is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the National Party. From 2008 until January 2013, he was a member of cabinet, holding the portfolios of Fisheries, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Energy and Resources, and Housing, before being replaced in a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister John Key.

Member of Parliament

Since the 1999 elections, he has been MP for Whangarei, the city of his birth.

He became Minister of Housing and Minister of Fisheries in the Fifth National Government in 2008. Following ‘errors’ found in his expense reports, he resigned these positions in February 2010. He was reinstated the following month, following a report which cleared him of any deliberate wrongdoing.

He continued as Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture from April 2010 following the merger of two ministries, and was succeeded in this role by David Carter in the December 2011 cabinet reshuffle. In December 2011 he became Minister of Energy and Resources. In the 22 January 2013 cabinet reshuffle, he lost his ministerial portfolio Energy and Resources to Simon Bridges and Housing to Nick Smith.

Post-parliamentary career

On 31 January 2013 Heatley was granted the right to retain the title of The Honourable for life in recognition of his term as a Member of the Executive Council of New Zealand."" (31 January 2013) 11 New Zealand Gazette 359 at 379.

Early years

Before entering politics, Heatley completed a Master’s degree with Honors in Horticultural Engineering and worked as an Agricultural engineer.