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Richard Worth
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Dr Worth has been a member of the New Zealand Parliament since 1999. He was first elected Member of Parliament for Epsom in 1999 and again in 2002. He was re-elected as a List MP for National in 2005 and 2008.

Prior to his Parliamentary career, Dr Worth was a litigation partner and later chairman for 13 years of New Zealand's largest law firm, Simpson Grierson, specialising in public law, government process and regulation.

Dr Worth has a PhD in Australia/New Zealand trade issues from RMIT University in Melbourne, graduate degrees in law and business administration, and has studied at the University of Texas in Dallas and the graduate business school at INSEAD in France.

He has a keen interest in international affairs and has been Consul for Columbia (1994 to 2000) and Monaco (2000 to 2008). He is a former president of the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association and a former chairman of the India Trade Group Inc and the Korea/New Zealand Business Council.

The Minister has been closely involved for many years in the Order of St John and was recently appointed by Queen Elizabeth II as a knight in the Venerable Order of St John of Jerusalem. Dr Worth also served in the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserves for more than 20 years - attaining the rank of Captain. He was appointed an Officer of the British Empire (Military Division) for his services.

In his spare moments Dr Worth enjoys time with his wife Lynne and adult daughter and has a passion for mountain climbing with high altitude ascents in the Eastern Himalayas, the South American Andes and East Africa. He also enjoys Bollywood films, Korean classical music and the early works of Sun Tzu

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Friday, 12 June 2009
Statement by Dr Richard Worth “Since I resigned as a Cabinet Minister earlier this month, I have been considering my personal options, and also the welfare of the National Party – a party which I love and have served to the best of my ability for the past nine years. 271 views

Thursday, 4 June 2009
Statement by Dr Richard Worth, MP ``The public should suspend any judgment until allegations against me have been resolved. 238 views

Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Statement from Dr Richard Worth "It is with deep regret that I have resigned my role as a Minister. 349 views

Thursday, 30 April 2009
Bill to overhaul regulation of security industry A Bill which aims to overhaul the regulation of the security industry today passed its first reading in Parliament and was referred to the Justice and Electoral Select Committee. 206 views

Govt to scale back National Library revamp The Government has decided to scale back the revamp of the National Library's Wellington building but will ensure the nation's treasures are protected by increasing storage, fixing leaks, upgrading equipment and addressing deferred maintenance. 127 views

Tuesday, 7 April 2009
Judy Kirk appointed to Chair Lotteries Commission Retiring National Party president Judy Kirk has been appointed to chair the board of the New Zealand Lotteries Commission. 219 views