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Maurice Donald Williamson is a New Zealand politician. He was born in 1951 in Auckland but spent nearly all his school years in Matamata. After graduating, Williamson worked for 12 years developing airline planning software for mainframe computers. He is a member of the National Party. Williamson has been MP for Pakuranga since the 1987 elections, and has held a number of ministerial posts, including Minister of Communications, Minister of Broadcasting, Minister of Transport, and Minister Research, Science and Technology. In 2003, he was suspended from caucus after refusing to curtail his criticism of the party's leader, Bill English, and its president, Michelle Boag . After English was replaced as leader by Don Brash, Williamson was rehabilitated. Williamson's qualifications are in computer science and applied mathematics. Williamson is married to Raewyn and has three children..
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