Ex local MP Maurice Williamson was our guest speaker at the last club meeting.

He briefly traced his history having been raised in Matamata and progressing through to Auckland University where he graduated with a Masters degree in Physics and Mathematics. His first job was with Air NZ before turning to politics and becoming MP for Pakuranga in 1987. He served in Parliament for 30 years holding many different portfolios.

Maurice retired as an MP in 2017 and then became NZ’s Consul General in Los Angeles and most of his presentation was on the US and Californian economies as well as sharing some observations about the US in general finally noting that to him the USA is not one country but with its federal structure it is in fact 50 different countries.

He rounded out an interesting and informative evening by announcing his candidacy for the position of Councillor for the Howick Ward on Auckland Council as he was fed up with the way that the Super City spending keeps on going up well above the normal rate of inflation.