|Mayor of New Plymouth|
|Preceded by||Peter Tennent|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Plymouth
1987 – 1990
|Preceded by||Tony Friedlander|
|Succeeded by||John Armstrong|
|Majority||5,439 (16.5%) |
1993 – 2008
|Preceded by||John Armstrong|
|Succeeded by||Jonathan Young|
|Born||1955 (age 58–59)
Harry James Duynhoven QSO (born 1955) is a New Zealand politician and member of the New Zealand Labour Party. He was the mayor of the city of New Plymouth and surrounding districts from 2010-2013. He assumed office in October 2010. He was a Member of Parliament for the New Plymouth electorate from 1987-1990, and again from 1993-2008.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
Duynhoven entered Parliament in the 1987 elections, winning the New Plymouth seat from incumbent National Party MP, Tony Friedlander. In the 1990 elections, he lost the seat to National's John Armstrong, but won it back in the 1993 elections. In the 2008 election he lost to New Zealand National Party candidate, Jonathan Young by 105 votes, the smallest margin in the election.
In 2003, it was alleged that Duynhoven might have accidentally violated an electoral regulation, thus depriving him of his seat. This claim arose after Duynhoven applied to resume his citizenship of the Netherlands. His father was from the Netherlands, and Duynhoven had possessed citizenship from birth, but had temporarily lost it due to a change of Netherlands law. According to electoral law, applying for foreign citizenship would require Duynhoven to vacate his seat. The law was seen by many as misguided, however, and Duynhoven, with his huge majority, was almost certain to re-enter Parliament in the event of a by-election. As such, the government passed an act retroactively amending the law.
Duynhoven served as a Minister outside Cabinet of Helen Clark's Labour Government with the portfolio of Associate Minister of Transport, and later, Minister for Transport Safety and Associate Minister of Energy until his government's defeat. He did not stand as a party list candidate in the 2008 general election.
Mayor of New Plymouth
On October 12 2013 Mr Duynhoven becomes the first New Plymouth mayor in more than 50 years to be voted out after one term.
- Chief Electoral Office: Official Count Results: New Plymouth.
- Chief Electoral Office: Official Count Results: Electorate Status.
- "New Year Honours List 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- Keith, Leighton (9 October 2010). "New Plymouth's new mayor". Taranaki Daily News. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for New Plymouth