Colin King

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Colin McDonald King MNZM (born 19 December 1949) is a New Zealand politician who first entered Parliament in 2005. In late 2013, he lost the National Party selection process for the Kaikōura electorate for the 2014 general election.

Early years and family[edit]

King was born in 1949 in Canterbury. He is a farmer from Marlborough, and has held senior roles in various boards and trusts relating to the agricultural sector.[1] In the 2000 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to shearing and the wool industry.[2] King is married and has four adult children.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th Kaikoura 42 National
2008–2011 49th Kaikōura 47 National
2011–2014 50th Kaikōura 52 National

In the 2005 election, King was a candidate for the National Party, standing in the Kaikoura electorate and being ranked 42nd on the party list. He won the Kaikoura electorate receiving 17,755 votes, a margin of 4,675 over the second placed candidate Brendon Burns and entered Parliament.[3]

In the 2008 election he successfully retained the Kaikoura electorate and increased his vote and the Party vote but was moved further down the list.

In 2011 King tied with Melissa Lee for the title of "Worst performing National MP" in the Trans Tasman Political Week's annual "Political Performance Roll-Call".[4]

In 2012 King voted against the first reading Marriage Amendment Bill.[5]

Leaving Parliament[edit]

In 2013 King was deselected as National's candidate for Kaikoura, losing a selection challenge by Stuart Smith.[6] King did not attend several leaving function for retiring National MPs, most notably refusing to appear on stage at the National Party Annual Conference with the other departing MPs. Since leaving Parliament King has been maintaining a low profile but is now working as a Consultant in the Primary Industries and Tertiary Education sectors [7]


  1. ^ a b "Colin King: Member for Kaikoura, National Party". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2000". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 5 June 2000. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Official Count Results – Kaikoura". Elections NZ. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Most valuable politicians decided". Fairfax NZ. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Bill passes first reading". Fairfax NZ. Retrieved 31 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Kaikoura MP deselected by National". 17 December 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Newsletter Independent Tertiary Schools of New Zealand" (PDF). ITENZ. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Lynda Scott
Member of Parliament for Kaikoura
Succeeded by
Stuart Smith