Paul Hutchison

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people named Paul Hutchison, see Paul Hutchison (disambiguation).
Paul Hutchison
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hunua
In office
8 November 2008 – 14 August 2014
Succeeded by Andrew Bayly
Majority 15,858 (46.60%)
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Port Waikato
In office
1999 – 2008
Preceded by Bill Birch
Majority 13,498 (37.65%)[1]
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 66–67)
Wellington
Political party National
Website drpaulhutchison.co.nz
  1. ^ At 2005 election

Charles Paul Telford Hutchison, known as Paul Hutchison (born 1947) is a New Zealand politician and former health professional. He is a member of the National Party, which he represented in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2014.

Early years[edit]

Hutchison was born in Wellington, and attended Khandallah School and Onslow College. He is a graduate of the University of Otago with a MB ChB in 1970, and was a consulting specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology before entering politics. Hutchison is married with four daughters.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1999–2002 46th Port Waikato 38 National
2002–2005 47th Port Waikato 27 National
2005–2008 48th Port Waikato 23 National
2008–2011 49th Hunua 23 National
2011–2014 50th Hunua 26 National

Hutchison was first elected to Parliament as the MP for Port Waikato in the 1999 election, and was re-elected in the 2002 election and 2005 election, and for Hunua in the 2008 and 2011 elections.

As an MP he has held a number of health-related roles, including opposition Spokesperson for Health, and Chairperson of the Health Committee.[1] He was one of only two National Party MP's to support the successful Smokefree Environments Amendment Act 2003,[2] and voted against the Death with Dignity euthanasia bill, also in 2003.[3]

Hutchison was spotted reading while driving by a motorist in September 2009, prompting Acting Prime Minister Bill English to warn MPs to adhere to driving regulations.[4]

Hutchison announced in October 2013 that he was going to retire from Parliament at the 2014 general election.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sachdeva, Sam (13 February 2010). "Low immunisation rates cause concern". The Press. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Berry, Ruth (4 December 2003). "Anti-smoking law hailed as life saver". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "How MPs voted on the Death with Dignity Bill". The New Zealand Herald. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "MPs warned after Nat caught reading while driving". The New Zealand Herald. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  5. ^ Vance, Andrea (25 October 2013). "National MPs to retire". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 28 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Bill Birch
Member of Parliament for Port Waikato
1999–2008
Constituency abolished
Vacant
Constituency recreated after abolition in 2002
Title last held by
Warren Kyd
Member of Parliament for Hunua
2008–2014
Succeeded by
to be determined