|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for West Coast-Tasman
8 November 2008 – 26 November 2011
7 March 1945 |
Auchinvole was born in Prestwick, Scotland, and attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in England. In New Zealand, he has been involved with the export industry, and operated a company based on the West Coast. He has also been involved in the Uniting Church, becoming a lay preacher.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
In the 2005 election, Auchinvole stood as the National Party's candidate for the West Coast-Tasman electorate. Despite reducing the incumbent's majority by 5,568 votes, he was unsuccessful. Nevertheless he entered Parliament as a list MP, having been ranked 34th. In the 2008 election, Auchinvole won the electorate with a small majority beating Labour's Damien O'Connor who had represented the West Coast since 1993. Damien O'Connor regained the electorate in 2011 despite a record defeat for the Labour Party.
Auchinvole is a wedding celebrant, and officiated at the wedding in Parliament of fellow MP Tau Henare on 7 March 2012. He was a strong supporter of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill which sought to legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand. His speech in support of the bill during its second reading was well received.
On 2 October 2013 Auchinvole confirmed that he would be stepping down at the 2014 election.
- "Official Count Results -- West Coast-Tasman". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
- "Official Count Results -- West Coast-Tasman". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- Basham, Laura (28 November 2011). "Time for action to stop asset sales, says O'Connor". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Tau-tally devoted: MP's quick 'I do'". Stuff. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
- Auchinvole, Chris. "Same-sex marriage debate: Chris Auchinvole speaks". Video. NZHeraldTV. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
- "List MP Auchinvole stepping down". Stuff. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for West Coast-Tasman