Amy Adams has lived in Selwyn electorate for 20 years. She moved to Christchurch from Auckland as a teenager to attend University, and never went back.
Amy graduated from Canterbury University in 1992 with first class honours and, starting at the bottom of the legal ladder, worked her way up until she was a partner in Christchurch based Mortlock McCormack Law - a role she gave up when she was chosen as the National candidate for Selwyn in 2008.
During her first term in Parliament Amy was chairperson of the both the Finance & Expenditure Select Committee (only the second woman to ever hold the position) and also the Electoral Reform Select Committee. She was also a member of the Regulations Review and Justice and Electoral committees. During this term she also created the Parliamentary Defence Force Exchange scheme and completed placements with the Royal NZ Navy, Air Force and Army.
On her re-election in 2011 Amy was made a member of Cabinet and currently holds the roles of Minister for the Environment and Minister of Communications and Information Technology. She has previously held the roles of Minister for Internal Affairs and Associate Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery.
Married to Don, they run a 250 hectare sheep and crop farm in Aylesbury, mid-Canterbury. They have two children who are the sixth generation of the family to live in the area.
Prior to her entry into politics Amy has played a number of roles in the community, including until selection chair of a rural primary school board of trustees.
In her professional life she has run her own business and worked with many other Canterbury businesses and individuals, doing everything from commercial and property law to resource management and lobbying.
"As a business owner I understand the frustrations of bureaucracy and red tape and know the vital role business plays in the prosperity of all New Zealand."
Amy also has the background to be able to represent the interests of the rural sector.
"Being a partner in our farming business, I've come to truly understand the issues farmers and exporters deal with every day in a way that you have to live to really appreciate."
The experience of living in both town and country has given Amy a wealth of experience in the reality of life for Selwyn people working hard to get ahead.
"We have one of the most remarkable countries in the world, abundant with nature's bounty and we must be careful to use that wealth responsibly and on behalf of generations still to come."
My vision for New Zealand
"I believe in the New Zealand that National stands for; a country of innovative world-leaders... where our focus is on helping families get a foothold on the ladder of success - where every one of us has access to the same opportunities and the responsibility falls on us to take advantage of them.
I want to live in a country where our children are treasured and well educated and grow up knowing there is a bright future for them in their home country.
I believe that our future prosperity lies in supporting those that put their own capital on the line to create jobs, those who work hard to get ahead and in rewarding success, not trying to drag everyone down to the lowest common denominator.
I believe in building strong, safe communities where everyone looks out for each other and we can feel safe in our homes and on our streets. Further I believe in playing our part internationally in the safety and security of our region and of New Zealanders abroad.
I believe that if we want to make a difference we have to support families. That includes:
- Reducing family violence
- Supporting working parents
- Supporting the availability of a range of childcare options
- Getting serious about truancy
- Making parents take a degree of responsibility for the actions of their kids.
To view my maiden speech to Parliament click here