Hon Maggie Barry ONZM

Maggie Barry was elected to Parliament as the MP for North Shore in 2011.

Hon. Minister Maggie Barry

She has been Minister for Seniors since October 2014 and is also Minister of Conservation and Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.

During her 30-year media career, Maggie was an award-winning news and current affairs television and radio broadcaster, a senior feature writer for the NZ Listener magazine and co-producer and presenter of the long-running television programme Maggie’s Garden Show.

Awarded the Order of New Zealand Merit for services to Broadcasting in 1996, Maggie also has the rare honour of having a rose named after her by the internationally renowned rose breeder, Sam McCready.

A successful businesswoman and owner of a specialist travel company, Maggie led garden tours to Europe, Africa and China for 20 years.

Previously, Maggie has also worked with successive governments as the consumer representative on the National Health Committee, chaired a working party into Palliative Care and headed a review into NZ Maternity services for the Minister of Health.

Her extensive community work includes being a former Patron of Hospice NZ and of Alzheimers Wellington and she is currently Patron of Tennis Northern. Her governance experience includes two terms as a Director of Outward Bound and three years as Chair of the NZ Book Council.

Maggie lives in her North Shore electorate in the historic village of Devonport with her teenage son and her partner, Grant Kerr, a consultant, lawyer and avid collector of contemporary New Zealand photography.