About Chris Tremain
Chris Tremain was born and raised in Napier, attending Taradale Primary School, Taradale Intermediate and Napier Boys’ High School. At Napier Boys Chris excelled both academically, as head boy in his final year, and on the sports field. Chris went on to Massey University to further his education, where he obtained a Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting) and a Diploma of Business Studies (Marketing).
The son of former All Black, Kel Tremain his strong involvement in sport started as a First XV rugby player at high school, for the Under 18 Hawke’s Bay provincial representative team, and also played for Massey University.
Chris has been a successful Napier businessman who has been involved in a number of prominent Hawke’s Bay businesses including Tremain Real Estate, Tremain Travel and Colliers International.
Chris has a strong record of community involvement, including having been the Chairman of Sport Hawke’s Bay, Old Boys’ Marist Rugby Club, the Guardians of Hawke’s Bay Fisheries and the Eskview Junior Rugby Club. “I understand the importance of community” says Chris. “I’m a family man first and foremost, so getting out there to support sports clubs and other community groups is critical in my role as an MP”. Chris has built a reputation over the years as a charity auctioneer and assists many local charities to raise money in the community. He has also been the initiator and driver behind now annual community events “The Tremain Corporate Triathlon” and the “Hawke’s Bay Christmas Lights Competition”.
Chris entered Parliament in 2005 representing the Napier electorate, the first National Party candidate to do so since 1951, and secured Napier with an increased majority of 9018 in 2008. He was elected as the Junior Whip in 2007 and in 2009 became the Senior Whip. Following the 2011 general election he was appointed as a Minister outside Cabinet with the Civil Defence and Consumer Affairs portfolios, and held Associate Ministerial responsibilities for Tourism and Transport. In April 2012 he was appointed to Cabinet picking up the Internal Affairs portfolio. In January 2013 he was appointed Minister of Local Government, retaining Internal Affairs and Associate Minister of Tourism.
"Being a Member of Parliament is a real privilege" says Chris. "I thank the people of Napier for giving me the opportunity to represent them."