Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 


Hon Jim McLay receives Distinguished Alumni Award

25 February 2013


Hon Jim McLay receives Distinguished Alumni Award

The Honourable Jim McLay LLB 1968 CNZM QSO, a graduate of The University of Auckland’s Law School, receives one of six Distinguished Alumni Awards awarded by the University at a ceremony being held on 1 March.

The Rt Hon Paul East QC says that at an age and stage in life when many successful people take it easy, Jim McLay continues to work as hard as ever for his country.

“Not many are able to succeed in five different fields of endeavour. After establishing himself as a young lawyer, Jim entered politics culminating in his becoming Deputy Prime Minister, and then leader of the National Party. A successful business career followed. On the environmental front he led our anti-whaling efforts. Now, with his intellect and capacity for hard work, we are fortunate to have him represent our interests at the United Nations.”

Jim McLay is New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, and has held the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Attorney General and Minister of Justice throughout his career. The University is proud to honour him as a distinguished alumnus, and as one of New Zealand’s leading elder statesmen.

He returns to Auckland for the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner where he, along with the other award winners, will address a 450-strong audience of leading community figures, politicians, business professionals and academics. He will participate in The University’s “Auckland Live! 20/20 Vision” event on Thursday 28 February (6-8pm, AMRF Auditorium, Park Road, Grafton Campus), sharing some of the insights that have contributed to his success as a leader and statesman.

Born in Devonport, Jim was educated at King’s College, and graduated from The University of Auckland with a Law degree in 1968. He practised as a barrister before being elected as a Member of Parliament in 1975, and embarking on a highly successful parliamentary career.

He received the Queen’s Service Order (QSO) for public services in 1987 and was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to conservation in 2003. The United States Advisory Committee on Antarctic Names and the New Zealand Geographic Board named an Antarctic glacier “McLay Glacier” in recognition of his IWC work.

Jim also advised the government on reviews of the wholesale electricity market, defence funding and financial management, accident compensation, and reform of road funding and management.

After his retirement from politics in 1987 he was, for 17 years, Executive Chairman of Macquarie New Zealand and chaired several other companies. His was New Zealand Commissioner on the International Whaling Commission, and a member of the US Humane Society’s International Council of Advisers.

Continuing an ongoing relationship with the Auckland Law School, Jim McLay will host an event at the New Zealand Mission to the United Nations in New York for Auckland law school alumni on 22 April. He will also return to New Zealand later in the year and deliver a lecture for students at the Faculty of Law.

Ends.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Education
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news