SIR JOHN KEY
38th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Knighted Sir John Key, Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia.
Honorary Doctorate of Commerce, University of Canterbury.
Sir John Key is best known to the public as the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Winning 3 general elections as leader of the National Party, Sir John served Aotearoa over an 8-year term from 2008 to December 2016. He led the country through the adversities of the global financial crisis and a series of devastating earthquakes in New Zealand's second-biggest city.
At the end of his term in office, New Zealand had one of the highest growth rates and best fiscal positions of any advanced economy. Among his portfolio’s he was Minister for Tourism and had a keen interest in the all best that New Zealand has to offer both local and international tourists.
It is no surprise that Sir John is also well-versed and respected in international affairs. In 2016 he had the pleasure of chairing the International Democrat Union and the United Nations Security Council.
Since retiring from politics Sir John has been an ambassador for Dr. Haruhisa Handa’s International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS HANDA) and is an active member of many major NZ business boards.
Sir John also enjoys advisory and consulting roles for different entities throughout the world and his growing public speaking engagements.
In 2017, Sir John received top honors in the Queen's Birthday list, Knighted Sir John Key, Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. He was also recognized by the Australian Government and has been appointed an Honorary Companion in the Order of Australia.
In recognition of his achievements The University of Canterbury awarded Sir John a doctorate of Commerce honorary degree in December 2017. He graduated from the university in 1983 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Accountancy. Following this he quickly established himself as one of the major players in the Foreign Exchange market, working for Bankers Trust in New Zealand, Merrill Lynch in Singapore, London, and Sydney and as a member of the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.