Dan Bidois

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Dan Bidois

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northcote
Assumed office
9 June 2018
Preceded byJonathan Coleman
Majority1,310
Personal details
Born (1983-02-24) 24 February 1983 (age 36)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political partyNational Party
Alma materHarvard University
University of Auckland
ProfessionEconomist
WebsiteNational Party profile

Daniel Michael Bidois[1] (born 1983) is a New Zealand politician and economist who currently serves as a Member of the House of Representatives for the National Party. Bidois was elected on 9 June 2018 to the office of MP for Northcote. Bidois is both of European and Māori (Ngāti Maniapoto) descent.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Bidois is both of European and Māori (Ngāti Maniapoto) descent. He grew up in Howick, Auckland and attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Howick Intermediate and Howick College. Bidois left Howick College at 15 to pursue a butchery apprenticeship, originally with Seaside Meats on Litten Road. However, within two weeks of beginning his apprenticeship, he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He had chemotherapy and an operation to save his leg.[3][4] Overcoming cancer, Bidois decided to continue with his butchery career, completing an apprenticeship with Woolworths Supermarket in Newmarket.

After completing his butchery apprenticeship, Bidois completed Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Auckland. Outside the classroom he was elected president of the Auckland University Students' Association (AUSA) in 2006.[citation needed]

In 2010, Bidois won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Harvard University in the United States, completing a Master of Public Policy degree in 2012.[citation needed]

Bidois began his professional career as a management consultant with Deloitte New Zealand in 2008. In 2010, he joined the New Zealand Institute where he published research on improving New Zealand's economy. He spent three years as an economist with the OECD in Paris, France, working on economic reforms in emerging markets. In addition, he spent a further year in 2015 as an independent strategy consultant to the Malaysian public sector in Kuala Lumpur. He returned to New Zealand in 2016, and worked as a strategy manager for Foodstuffs.[5]

Political career[edit]

Bidois contested the National Party selection for Pakuranga upon the retirement of Maurice Williamson, but did not win the candidacy. He stood as a list-only candidate in the 2017 general election, ranked 72.[citation needed]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
2018–present 52nd Northcote National

On 22 March 2018, Northcote MP Johnathan Coleman announced he would resign from Parliament, triggering a by-election, the first of the 52nd Parliament.[6] On 15 April, Bidois was chosen as National's candidate for the Northcote by-election,[5][7] which he subsequently won by 6.28%, receiving 10,566 votes and taking 50.67% of the overall vote.[8] Bidois was sworn into the 52nd Parliament on 27 June 2018 as Member of Parliament for Northcote and made his maiden speech on 3 July 2018.

On 3 July 2018, Bidois was announced as National's Associate spokesperson for workplace relations and safety.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "By-election — Northcote". New Zealand Parliament. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Labour's Shanan Halbert and National's Dan Bidois ready to do battle for Northcote". 31 December 2018. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Dropout wins scholarship to Harvard". New Zealand Herald. 23 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Failure is a big part of the success of new Northcote MP Dan Bidois". New Zealand Herald. 10 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "National selects Northcote by-election candidate". Radio New Zealand. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Thursday, 29 March 2018 - Volume 728 - New Zealand Parliament". Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Labours Northcote candidate Shanan Halbert and Nationals Dan Bidois both kiwi battlers". Stuff (Fairfax). 1 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Northcote by-election official results". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jonathan Coleman
Member for Northcote
2018–present
Incumbent