Cam got involved with politics because he wanted to ensure New Zealand could offer the same opportunities he had to his children and our future generations.
He was selected as National’s candidate in Manurewa in 2008, entered Parliament in November 2008 but lost his seat when the special votes were counted. Cam re-entered Parliament in June 2009.
Cam has a background in medicine and in business, and is a past president of the French New Zealand Business Council. He is also experienced in sports administration serving on the executive committee of the Federation International de Petanque et Jeu Provencal, the global governing body of his chosen sport – petanque.
Cam was proud to wear the silver fern, representing New Zealand in the sport, at the 1995 Brussels World Championship.
Cam studied medicine and took his MB BChir and an MA at Magdalene
College, Cambridge University, England. Cam was awarded a University
Prize – the Fisons Prize.
Prior to that, Cam was educated at Otago University, completing a
Bachelor of Dental Surgery. He was an officer in the "Blue Berets', the
Otago University Medical Company. He received an FRACDS with a focus on
oral surgery from the Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.
Before entering Parliament, he was the clinical research director of a company making sports and medical equipment.
Cam is the Chairman of the Education and Science Committee and a Member of the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee.
He is a member of a number of Caucus Committees: Finance, Economic Development and Education. As a member of the Blue-Greens Caucus Committee he believes that the opportunites for New Zealand in Clean-Green Technology are significant and is interested in strategies to promote the decentralised generation of power from renewable sources.
Cam was a member of the Health Caucus committee, and his background, as a medical practitioner, has convinced him of the importance of personal responsibility in the maintenance of a healthy population. He spoke in his Maiden speech of the need for a Government campaign to raise awareness of prostate cancer among New Zealand males. He was delighted to see $4.3 million from Budget 2013 for a prostate cancer awareness programme over four years which will lead to better information, better care, and ultimately better survival rates. Great news for kiwi blokes and their families.
Having a long term interest in Education, Cam is looking at ways we can improve numeracy and literacy skills of those children in our Early Childhood system.
Cam's Member's Bill, the Summary Offences (Possession of Handheld Lasers) Amendment Bill, is designed to reduce the incidence of lasers-strikes on aircraft. Manurewa has 140,000 aircraft flying over our community each year. The effect of a laser strike on a pilot's vision could have potentially catastrophic consequences.
Among other interests in Parliament, Cam is Chairman of the NZ-France Parliamentary Friendship Group and the NZ-Swiss Parliamentary Friendship Group, a member of the NZ Parliamentarians for Population and Development. He is a former co-captain of the Parliamentary Rugby Team.
Former parliamentary roles
- Member, Law and Order Committee 24 June 2009-20 October 2011
- Member, Local Government and Environment Committee 24 June 2009-20 October 2011
- Member, Health Committee 21 December 2011-13 February 2013
- Deputy Chairman, Justice and Electoral Committee 22 December 2011-13 February 2013
Cam is married with two daughters, and enjoys reading, music, sailing, surfing, pig-hunting and fishing as well as the odd game of petanque.