Chris Auchinvole

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Chris Auchinvole
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for West Coast-Tasman
In office
8 November 2008 – 26 November 2011
Personal details
Born (1945-03-07) 7 March 1945 (age 69)
Prestwick, Scotland
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) Elspeth

Chris Auchinvole JP (born 7 March 1945) is a New Zealand politician.

Early years[edit]

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[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th List 34 National
2008–2011 49th West Coast-Tasman 42 National
2011–present 50th List 43 National

In the 2005 election, Auchinvole stood as the National Party's candidate for the West Coast-Tasman seat. Despite reducing the incumbent's majority by over 5,568 votes, he was unsuccessful.[1] 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 held the seat for many years. Damien O'Connor regained the seat in 2011, despite a record defeat for the Labour Party.

He is a wedding celebrant, and officiated at the wedding in Parliament of fellow MP Tau Henare on 7 March 2012.[2] 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.[3]

On 2 October 2013 Auchinvole confirmed that he would be stepping down at the 2014 election.[4]

External links[edit]


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  2. ^ "Tau-tally devoted: MP's quick 'I do'". Stuff. 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  3. ^ Auchinvole, Chris. "Same-sex marriage debate: Chris Auchinvole speaks". Video. NZHeraldTV. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "List MP Auchinvole stepping down". Stuff. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-02. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Damien O'Connor
Member of Parliament for West Coast-Tasman
Succeeded by
Damien O'Connor