Jim McLay hosts Dean and alumni in New York

04 June 2013

The Honourable Jim McLay (LLB 1968) hosted a reception for Auckland University alumni in New York on 22 April. The reception was held at the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations and Jim McLay spoke about his time in public service and his current role representing New Zealand at the United Nations.

Jim McLay has a long and distinguished background in political service and leadership and in March this year was awarded a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni Award. He held, at various times, the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. For 17 years he was Executive Chairman of Macquarie New Zealand and chaired several other companies and business organisations.

Dean Andrew Stockley represented the University at the reception and gave an update on developments at the University, including the Council’s decision taken earlier that day to purchase the Newmarket site. Sir Edmund Thomas, a Distinguished Fellow of the Law Faculty, also attended, as did Arie Rosen, who is joining the Faculty as a Lecturer in Law in January 2014. Dr Rosen recently completed his J.S.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science) degree at New York University’s School of Law and is currently the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Constitutional Law.

About 50 US-based alumni attended the event. In a very well-received talk, Jim McLay discussed New Zealand’s objectives at the United Nations, including its campaign to win a seat on the Security Council for 2015-16, and answered a large number of questions from the alumni present.

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Alumni James Hosking, Tim Cameron, Paul Bolland and Grant Biggar