Bruce Cliffe

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Bruce Cliffe
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for North Shore
In office
Preceded byGeorge Gair
Succeeded byWayne Mapp
Personal details
Bruce Windsor Cliffe

(1946-09-24) 24 September 1946 (age 73)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyUnited New Zealand (1995–1996)
Other political
National (until 1995)

Bruce Windsor Cliffe (born 24 September 1946) is a New Zealand businessman[1] and former politician.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Cliffe was born in Auckland, and attended Takapuna Grammar School and the University of Auckland.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1990–1993 43rd North Shore National
1993–1995 44th North Shore National
1995–1996 Changed allegiance to: United NZ

Cliffe was a Member of Parliament for the National Party from 1990 to 1996. In 1990 he replaced the retiring George Gair in the North Shore seat, and was re-elected in 1993. He became a Cabinet Minister in December 1993 holding the portfolios of Accident Compensation,[4] Radio & Television, and Associate Finance.

In 1995, with the first mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation election impending in 1996, he resigned his cabinet posts and was a founder member of the United New Zealand Party, initially led by Clive Matthewson. Cliffe then unsuccessfully sought to bring about a merger of ACT and United, along with other smaller "centre" or liberal parties to create a "united" centre party for the new MMP environment. In 1996 he chose to resign from Parliament. The United New Zealand Party lost all but Peter Dunne's seat in the 1996 election, and continued in Parliament under Dunne's leadership.

After politics[edit]

Since 1997, Cliffe has worked in the international food technology and investment business that he originally established in 1981.


  1. ^ Bohan, Edmund (January 2004). Burdon: a man of our time. Hazard Press Ltd. p. 153. ISBN 978-1-877270-90-1. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Usually wet Auckland wakes up to reality of drought Problem pinned on privatization, politicians, Pinatubo". Washington Times. 12 August 1994. Retrieved 19 February 2011. Bruce Cliffe an Auckland member of Parliament who is overseeing a hastily assembled water crisis committee said
  3. ^ Dannin, Ellen J. (1997). Working free: the origins and impact of New Zealand's Employment Contracts Act. Auckland University Press. p. 159. ISBN 978-1-86940-174-0.
  4. ^ "Coffee kicks up a storm". New Sunday Times. 13 December 1994. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
George Gair
Member of Parliament for North Shore
Succeeded by
Wayne Mapp