Our Patron - Sir Michael Cullen

Hon. Sir Michael Cullen, M.A., Ph.D., Hon. LL.D., KNZ

Sir Michael Cullen was born in London in 1945 but has lived in New Zealand since the age of ten. Before entering Parliament in 1981 he was a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Otago, specializing in social and economic history. During a political career which spanned more than 27 years he rose to the position of Deputy Prime Minister (2002-2008). He held a wide range of portfolios including Minister of Social Welfare (1987-1990), Minister of Finance (1999-2008), Leader of the House (1999-2008), Minister of Revenue (1999-2005), Minister of Tertiary Education (2005-2007), and Minister in charge of Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations (2007-8). He also twice held the position of Attorney-General. Sir Michael Cullen is now Chair of New Zealand Post (since 2010) and a director of Kiwibank. He is the lead negotiator for the Ngati Tuwharetoa comprehensive Treaty claims, and chairs the investment advisory committee for Ngai Tuhoe. 

Sir Michael Cullen is married with two children, two stepchildren, and six grandchildren. He and his wife, Anne Collins, live in Port Ohope.

"Giving all our young people the best start in life is the best thing we can do. We are living in the digital age and addressing the growing divide between the digital haves and have-nots is a crucial part of that.  I am therefore proud to support the work of Te Aka Toitū"
Sir Michael Cullen