Knowledge Identifier: +Gerry_Brownlee
Born in 1956.
Countries: New Zealand (75%), Israel (8%), Finland (8%)
Linked to: New Zealand National Party, St Bede's College, Christchurch, Ellesmere College, Helsingin Sanomat
Following the controversy surrounding Brash's Orewa speech of 27 January 2004, Brownlee became the National Party's spokesman for Maori Affairs in place of Georgina Te Heuheu, who resigned from the position after refusing to endorse party-leader Brash's comments
Silvia Cartwright - Following the 2005 general election, former National deputy leader Gerry Brownlee stated that Dame Silvia had not allowed National the chance at forming a government
In November 2008 he became a senior front-bench Minister in John Key's coalition cabinet
After the Canterbury Earthquake of 4 September 2010, Brownlee, due to his position as his Party's only Electorate MP in Christchurch, was appointed Earthquake Recovery Minister on 7 September 2010
In March 2012 Brownlee sparked a near-diplomatic incident with Finland, after he suggested during a parliamentary session that Finns are uneducated, unemployed murderers who don't respect women
In May 2017, less than a week after being appointed as Foreign Minister, Brownlee was publicly corrected by the Prime Minister, Bill English, after claiming that a New Zealand-sponsored United Nations Security Council Resolution on Israel was "premature"
Minister of Foreign Affairs (New Zealand) - The current Minister of Foreign Affairs is Gerry Brownlee, who has held the position since 2017