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Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy (L) chats with Mexican Minister of Economy Eduardo Sojo Garza-Aldape at a panel on future challenges for the multilateral trading system as part of the two-day OECD Forum 2007 in Paris, May 15, 2007. In background is New Zealand Minister of Trade Phil Goff. The expansion of the OECD looks set to take root this week, with Russia and Brazil seen as likely candidates. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)
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Phil Goff

Philip Bruce Goff (born 22 June 1953), generally known as Phil Goff, is the current Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. During the Fifth Labour Government, he served in a number of ministerial portfolios, including Minister of Defence of New Zealand, Minister of Corrections, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Minister for Disarmament and Arms Control and Associate Minister of Finance.

Goff was born and raised in Auckland. His family was relatively poor, and his father wanted Goff to enter the workforce immediately after finishing high school. Goff, however, wished to attend university, a decision that caused him to leave home when only sixteen years old. By working as a freezing worker and a cleaner, Goff was able to fund himself through university, gaining an MA (with first class honours) in political studies at the University of Auckland. In 1973, he was Senior Scholar in Political Studies, and also won the Butterworth Prize for law. While completing his MA, he lectured in Political Studies. He also briefly worked as an Insurance Workers Union organiser.

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