David Hay (Auckland politician)

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David John Hay CNZM (born 1947/1948) is a New Zealand politician and businessman. He served as mayor of Mt Roskill from 1987 to 1989, and deputy mayor of Auckland City on three occasions (1991–1998, 2001–2004, and 2007–2010). He was also an Auckland Regional Councillor between 2004 and 2007. He is the managing director of Keith Hay Homes Limited, founded by his father.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in 1947/1948,[1] Hay is the son of Keith Wilson Hay, the founder of Keith Hay Homes Ltd, and Enid Marjorie Hay (née Paris).[1][2] He graduated from the University of Auckland with a commerce degree, and obtained accountancy and chartered secretarial qualifications from Auckland Institute of Technology.[1]

Local-body politics[edit]

In 1983, Hay was elected as a member of the Mount Roskill Broough Council,[3] and served as mayor of that borough between 1987 and 1989,[4] when it was absorbed into Auckland City. He was subsequently elected to the Auckland City Council on the Citizens & Ratepayers ticket, and served as deputy mayor between 1991 and 1998 under Les Mills, and from 2001 to 2004 and 2007 to 2010 under John Banks. His achievements on council included the restoration of the Civic Theatre and the establishment of Metrowater, and he supported the formation of the Auckland supercity.[3] However, he did not seek election to the new Auckland Council in 2010.[3]

Hay was elected to the Auckland Regional Council in 2004,[5] and served one three-year term.[6]

Business career[edit]

Hay has been involved with the housing construction company founded by his father, Keith Hay Homes Limited, since 1972, rising to become managing director of the firm.[7]


In the 2011 New Year Honours Hay was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to local body affairs and the community.[8]

Personal views[edit]

Hay is known for his advocacy of Christian conservative values, and opposition to the annual gay-pride Hero Parade in Auckland.[9] He is a significant contributor to the socially and economically conservative Maxim Institute think tank in Auckland.[10]


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  2. ^ McClure, Margaret. "Hay, Keith Wilson". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Orsman, Bernard (16 April 2010). "Ex-mayor back to support Banks". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Auckland mayors". Auckland Libraries. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Gwen Bull voted out of ARC in rates reckoning". New Zealand Herald. 9 October 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "David Hay, Auckland, CNZM". Governor-General of New Zealand. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Our team". Keith Hay Homes. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "New Year honours list 2011". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  9. ^ Hewitson, Michele (21 December 2001). "David Hay a man driven by own principles". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Cumming, Geoff (28 October 2005). "Maximum impact on your thoughts". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2017.