Since arriving in New Zealand from Beijing in 1994, Raymond has traversed successful careers in journalism, as Asian affairs reporter for the New Zealand Herald and law, as a Partner at Shieff Angland Lawyers.
Before returning to Parliament in March 2017, Raymond had served two terms as a list MP (2008-2014), sitting on various select committees including Finance and Expenditure, Justice and Electoral, Local Government and Environment and Commerce.
He is a founding trustee and co-chair of the New Zealand Chinese Language Week Charitable Trust, a cross-party initiative promoting New Zealand’s understanding of China, its people and culture. As part of being “Asia-literate”, he believes this will help prepare our future generations and assist them to make sense of the increasingly important Asian countries and markets.
Raymond is an honorary advisor at the Asia:NZ Foundation and an advisory board member of NZ China Council.
In early 2017 while a partner at an Auckland-based law firm, he became a trustee of the NZ OBOR Foundation and NZ OBOR Think Tank charitable trust.
Raymond has published 7 books (as an author or co-author) and is a regular Chinese media commentator on current affairs and legal issues.
Raymond has been a strong advocate for encouraging our migrant communities to fully participate in society and the political process so they are engaged as contributing citizens.