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Steven Leonard Joyce (born 7 April 1963), a New Zealandmarker politician, entered the New Zealand House of Representatives in 2008 as a member of the New Zealand National Party. In the same year he became Minister of Transport and Minister for Communications and Information Technology.


As a broadcasting entrepreneur with RadioWorks he became a self-made millionaire before he entered politics.

Broadcasting

Joyce's parents worked as grocers. He went to school at Francis Douglas Memorial Collegemarker, before enrolling at Massey Universitymarker, applying to study veterinary science. However he "missed the cut", graduating instead with a BSc in zoology. While at university he worked as a presenter and programme directoron student radio. After leaving university Joyce and a group of friends (including radio presenter Jeremy Corbett) started their own radio station, Energy FM, in New Plymouthmarker. With business partners, he built up RadioWorks over the next seventeen years, both organically and by acquisition, to a network of 22 radio stations and 650 staff. He retired as Managing Director of RadioWorks in April 2001, when CanWest purchased it, Joyce receiving $6 million for the sale.

After RadioWorks he joined the National Party, working as their campaign manager in both the 2005 and the 2008 general election. He also served as CEO of Jasons Travel Media for two years until 2008.

Politics

Parl. Electorate List Pos. Party
49th List 16 National


Joyce lives in Albanymarker in the north of Aucklandmarker with his wife Suzanne and daughter Amelia, on a seven-acre lifestyle block.

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