Yes, Minister - Christopher Finlayson
An insightful and entertaining glimpse into what really made the John Key government one of the most successful conservative governments New Zealand has ever seen.
From Chris's early years and time as a lawyer before entering politics - where he spent years fighting for Ngāi Tahu, pursuing its treaty claims through a series of high-profile court battles - to entering politics and becoming one of the most senior members of the Key National government, Yes, Minister reveals the inner workings of what it was like to be at the centre of power in New Zealand, and shines a light on the real John Key.
Chris reveals what Key was really like as prime minister: utterly effective and utterly ruthless when needed.
Told with Chris's trademark good humour and wit, this is a thoroughly entertaining and perceptive book, as well as a substantial record of one of the most successful conservative governments in New Zealand.
'Finlayson is unafraid to tackle some deeply contentious issues that still trouble many New Zealanders, such as co-governance and education.' Jane Clifton, The New Zealand Listener
Christopher Finlayson was one the most senior ministers of the John Key government and was one of John Key's most trusted ministers. He is the author of He Kupu Taurangi: Treaty Settlements and the Future of Aotearoa New Zealand. He left politics in 2019 and now works for Bankside Chambers as a barrister.