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Cam Calder

Dr Campbell Gordon Calder
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party list
In office
17 June 2009 – 14 August 2014
Preceded by Richard Worth
Personal details
Born 1952
Political party National
Occupation Doctor, dentist and sports administrator

Campbell Gordon Calder[1] (born 1952), known as Cam Calder, is a New Zealand doctor and politician who represented the National Party as a member of the House of Representatives from 2009 to 2014.


  • Background 1
  • Member of Parliament 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Originally a dentist by trade, Calder was retraining as a doctor when he lost the sight in one eye through an accident.[2] Calder previously served as president of the French New Zealand Business Council and has served on the international governing body for pétanque.[3] He takes credit for being one of the people who "imported" pétanque into New Zealand.[2] He has two children.[2]

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2009–2011 49th List 58 National
2011–2014 50th List 50 National

Calder was number 58 on the National Party Louisa Wall respectively.

After the resignation of Richard Worth on 12 June 2009, Calder entered Parliament in his place[4] on 17 June 2009.[5]

In caucus, Calder served on the Law and Order and Local Government and Environment Select Committees. As a member of the Blue-Greens Caucus Committee, he believed that the opportunities for New Zealand in Clean-Green Technology are significant and was interested in strategies to promote the decentralised generation of power from renewable sources; Calder authored a discussion paper on the subject.

His background, as a medical practitioner, has convinced him of the importance of personal responsibility in the maintenance of a healthy population. He is an enthusiastic advocate of a campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer among New Zealand males.

A long term interest in Education led him to canvass caucus support for an addition to Te Whariki, The Early Childhood Education Curriculum, of a requirement to introduce children, four years and older, to the alphabet and basic numeracy.

Calder announced in October 2013 that he was going to retire from Parliament at the 2014 general election.[6]


  1. ^ "New Zealand Hansard - Members Sworn Volume:651;Page:2".  
  2. ^ a b c Trevett, Claire (16 June 2009). "'"Doctor MP nurses special interest in men's health and 'man-ograms.  
  3. ^ a b "National Party Welcomes New Member". 12 June 2009. 
  4. ^ "John Key statement on Richard Worth".  
  5. ^ "Dr Cam Calder".  
  6. ^ Vance, Andrea (25 October 2013). "National MPs to retire".  

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