John Banks (New Zealand politician)

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John Archibald Banks (born 2 December 1946) is a New Zealand politician.wikipedia
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Whangarei (New Zealand electorate)

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In the 1981 election, he stood in a different seat, Whangarei, and won.
The electorate is a reasonably safe National seat, and was held for long periods by John Banks (–1999) and Phil Heatley (–2014), before being won in the by Shane Reti.

ACT New Zealand

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He was a member of Parliament for the National Party from 1981 to 1999, and for ACT New Zealand from 2011 to 2014.
In November 2011, a recording of a conversation held between John Key and the former National Party member and former Mayor of Auckland City John Banks, who had been selected as the new ACT candidate in Epsom, was leaked to Herald on Sunday.

TAB Trackside

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Banks gained a position as the host of a talkback radio programme on Radio Pacific in August 1992, taking over the Sunday afternoon timeslot from former Prime Minister Sir Robert Muldoon, for whom he had occasionally substituted during 1991 and 1992.
John Banks continued to host Radio Pacific's breakfast programme, and Alice Worsley and Martin Crump co-hosted a new morning talkback programme.

Aramoana massacre

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Banks said in 2019 after the Christchurch mosque shootings that he was "haunted" by not being able to persuade his cabinet colleagues to ban semi-automatic guns after the Aramoana massacre in 1990.
Also on the flight were Minister of Police John Banks, the Commissioner, and Julie Holden, who described Aramoana to the ATS.

Avondale College, Auckland

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They moved to Auckland and John attended Avondale College.

Minister of Police (New Zealand)

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When National won the 1990 election, Banks entered Cabinet, becoming Minister of Police, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Sport.

Mayor of Auckland City

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In between his tenures in Parliament, he served as Mayor of Auckland City for two terms, from 2001 to 2004 and from 2007 to 2010.

Minister of Tourism (New Zealand)

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When National won the 1990 election, Banks entered Cabinet, becoming Minister of Police, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Sport.

John Carter (New Zealand politician)

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In 1995, his fellow National Party Member of Parliament John Carter rang his programme impersonating a workshy Māori called Hone, which caused widespread offence.
Carter was sacked as whip in 1995, after he phoned into a talkback radio show, hosted by fellow National MP John Banks, impersonating a workshy Māori called Hone, causing widespread offence.

Mayor of Auckland

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In 2001, he contested and won the Auckland City mayoralty, defeating the incumbent Christine Fletcher (herself also a former National MP).
In the first mayoral election for Auckland Council in 2010, outgoing Mayor of Manukau City Len Brown was elected, defeating outgoing Mayor of Auckland City John Banks, outgoing Mayor of North Shore City Andrew Williams and prominent Christian businessman Colin Craig, amongst others.

2007 Auckland City mayoral election

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In July 2007 Banks announced his intention to stand for mayor in the October 2007 local body election, running on a platform of "affordable progress" and transparency in council meetings.
The election saw one-term Mayor Dick Hubbard defeated by his predecessor John Banks.

Epsom (New Zealand electorate)

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He stood in the Epsom electorate in that year's general election, becoming the sole MP for the party, and subsequently its leader.
Epsom has been an important electorate in New Zealand politics since 2005 as it has allowed the ACT Party to gain seats in parliament without meeting the five percent party vote threshold as the party leaders David Seymour, John Banks and Rodney Hide had won the electorate before, and being the only ACT party member with a seat in the parliament.

Tea tape scandal

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There was intense media interest in what was on the recording but the Herald refused to publish the recording – which became known as the Teapot Tape.
The Tea tape scandal is an incident involving the New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and ACT Party candidate John Banks, during the New Zealand general election campaign in 2011.

Eastern Transport Corridor

Banks brought in a streamlined decision making process at council, kept spending increases within inflation, sold half of the Auckland International Airport shares to pay off Auckland City's increasing debt, and proposed massive transport projects such as the Eastern Transport Corridor.
In March 2004, Auckland City Mayor John Banks proposed a motorway scheme through Hobson Bay.

2010 Auckland mayoral election

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After the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance recommended and the Government confirmed it would introduce a single council for the Auckland region, Banks stood in the 2010 Auckland mayoral election for the new Auckland Council.
The election was won by sitting mayor of Manukau City Len Brown with 48.7% votes, over sitting mayor of Auckland City John Banks with 35.17% and first-time candidate Colin Craig with 8.73%.

Dick Hubbard

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A serious and ultimately successful challenge to Banks' mayoralty came from philanthropic cereal-maker Dick Hubbard in late August 2004.
He was elected Mayor of Auckland City on 9 October 2004, succeeding John Banks, who in turn succeeded Hubbard as mayor on 13 October 2007.

Christine Fletcher

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In 2001, he contested and won the Auckland City mayoralty, defeating the incumbent Christine Fletcher (herself also a former National MP).
In 2001 she was defeated by John Banks, another former National MP.

New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal

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In 1990, Banks was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.

Communities and Residents

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He governed with the support of the traditional incumbent ticket at Auckland City, Citizens and Ratepayers Now.
This merged organisation was successful in winning back the council, simultaneously with the election of the independent socially conservative centre-right mayor John Banks.

2011 Birthday Honours (New Zealand)

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He was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for public services in the 2000 New Year Honours, and a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to local-body affairs, in the 2011 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Kim Dotcom

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Banks declared as "anonymous" donations to his campaign that had been made by Kim Dotcom.
Dotcom's residency status subsequently became the subject of intense media speculation when it came to light that Auckland Mayor John Banks had become involved, and that New Zealand's intelligence services had illegally spied on him (see below) – which they were not allowed to do because he had residency.

Len Brown

Banks was unsuccessful, with Len Brown elected the first "supercity" mayor.
He won the position by a majority of 65,945 votes over main rival candidate, Auckland City mayor John Banks, on 9 October 2010, spending approximately $390,000.

2011 New Zealand general election

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Having failed in his bid to become Mayor of Auckland, Banks returned to national politics, re-entering Parliament as the Member for Epsom in the November 2011 general election.
On 11 November, National Party leader John Key met with John Banks, the ACT candidate for Epsom, over a cup of tea at a cafe in Newmarket to send a signal to Epsom voters about voting tactically.

Paul Goldsmith (politician)

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Goldsmith then worked as a press secretary and speech writer for Phil Goff (Labour), Simon Upton (National) and John Banks (then a National MP).