Sir David Carter
Former National MP & Speaker of the House
Sir David Carter served as the 29th Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives from 2013 to 2017 and as a Cabinet Minister in the Fourth and Fifth National Governments. He served as a list MP from 1999 until he retired at the 2020 election.
David was born in Christchurch and has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Lincoln University. He has farmed sheep and cattle for over 30 years and established the first commercial cattle-embryo transplant company in New Zealand in 1974. In 2010 as the Minister for Biosecurity, he led a $50 million management plan for the bacterial vine disease, PSA, which caused widespread harm to the kiwifruit industry across New Zealand.
David becomes a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2021 New Year’s Honours, for services as a member of parliament and as Speaker of the House of Representatives.