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TRIBUTE TO NEW YEAR HONOURS RECIPIENT
Devoted to making a difference
By CATHERINE HEALY
Life's work: John Slater is now an
Officer of the New Zealand Order of
Merit for services to the community. He
was president of the New Zealand
National Party from 1998 to 2001.
Photo: JASON OXENHAM
Being awarded the ONZM is bitter-
sweet for John Slater.
He says last year was the most
terrible of his life. His wife of 46
years died of cancer in September.
It's a tragedy not to be able to
share this with Marg. What I've
been able to do is all a result of her
love and care.''
There must have been a fair few
nights alone with the three children
for Mrs Slater as her husband filled
his free time with voluntary roles.
Back when Mr Slater was busy
running his textile business, he
would often call on clothing manu-
facturer Lane Walker Rudkin. The
receptionist there knew that Mr
Slater was also the president of the
She told me she had this brother
who was keen to get into politics,
and asked who he should call. I gave
her my card, and two evenings
later, John Key phoned from
The rest, as they say, is history.
The Prime Minister isn't the only
one Mr Slater has encouraged into
politics. He enjoys watching the
many people he's brought into the
party go on to have successful politi-
The 69-year-old is a chartered
accountant and the business he
started in 1977, Textile Associates
Limited, did very well. Having had
success in the business world he is
pleased to be able to give back to the
Over the years he's been heavily
involved with Presbyterian Support
Northern as an independent
trustee. The organisation works in
the social service area, supporting
children, young families and the
He was the chairman of the New-
market Business Association from
2006 to 2010 and is on the board of
the ASB Community Trust as well
as being an honorary member of the
Downtown Rotary Club.
They had to make me an honor-
ary member because I couldn't
make the Tuesday morning meet-
ings anymore -- I was always on a
plane to Wellington.''
Mr Slater joined the junior Natio-
nal party at university and has had
organisational roles with the party
ever since. He then became vice-
president of the Asia-Pacific div-
ision of the International Demo-
cratic Union and organised confer-
ences for right-wing political party
members from around the world.
Almost all of the positions he's
held have been unpaid and he's
funded the overseas travel himself.
Along the way he's met some of
the big names in politics. He found
George W. Bush to be a warm and
intelligent man. The media have
really treated him very shabbily,''
He sat next to Condoleezza Rice
at a black tie dinner at the White
House and also enjoyed meeting
The office wall of his Remuera
home is covered in certificates,
photos of the world leaders he's met
and a couple of pages from the
Truth, of which his son Cameron
Slater is now editor.
It's a reflection of a life well lived
in a state house in Mt Roskill.
The thing about growing up in
New Zealand is, I believe you can
come from humble beginnings and
rise to the top.''
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