Roger Sowry

Tel: +64 4 914 1754
Cell: +64 27 4455 753

Roger joined Saunders Unsworth in 2008 after a 15-year career in Parliament and 2 ½ years as Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand. Roger has the level of in-depth knowledge of the political process that can only come from having served as a senior Minister in a major political party. Having worked closely with most MPs in Parliament today he is exceptionally well placed to add value to clients wishing to deal with and influence policy, officials and politicians.

He currently serves as a Member of the Electricity Authority having previously been a member of the Electricity Commission.  Roger chairs both the Weltec and Whitireia Polytechnic Councils and is a member of the Institute of Directors.  Roger is Chair of Teamtalk, an NZX listed company. 

Roger was a Member of Parliament from 1990 to 2005, firstly representing the Kapiti electorate, then as a National list M.P. He was chief whip (1994-1996) and chaired the Health Select Committee (1993-1996).

Following the 1996 election Roger was appointed to cabinet as Minister of Social Welfare, a position he held for 3 years.  He also served as Associate Minister of Health (1996-1998) and Leader of the House (1998-1999).

During his time as Leader of the House he was responsible for minority government coalition management, a position which saw him working closely with other parties in the parliament.  In 1999 Roger became opposition spokesman for Transport, and went on to serve as Deputy Leader of the National Party and spokesman for Energy and Labour Relations.

Roger retired from parliament in 2005 moving to become Chief Executive of Arthritis New Zealand, a not for profit organization employing over 70 staff nationwide.  During this time Roger also represented the opposition parties on the Electoral Commission redrawing the electoral boundaries.

Roger and his wife Shirley have four children; he is an active follower of all sport and a BBQ authority.