Eric Roy

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Eric Wilbur Roy QSO JP (born 27 June 1948) is a New Zealand former politician. He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for the National Party. He was first elected in 1993 and served, with one three-year break, until 2014.

Early years[edit]

Roy was born in Gore in 1948. Before entering politics, he was a farmer and company director. He is a Justice of the Peace.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1993–1996 44th Awarua National
1996–1999 45th List 23 National
1999–2002 46th List 19 National
2005–2008 48th Invercargill 37 National
2008–2011 49th Invercargill 28 National
2011–2014 50th Invercargill 25 National

He first entered Parliament in the 1993 election as MP for the Awarua electorate. For the 1996 election, Awarua was merged into Invercargill and he was beaten by Labour's Mark Peck, but he remained in Parliament through being elected through the party list.[1][2] He unsuccessfully contested the Invercargill electorate in the 1999 election but remained a list MP. Roy served as Assistant Speaker of the House from 1998 to 2002, initially under National's Doug Kidd and then under Labour's Jonathan Hunt.

In 2005, he contested the Invercargill electorate for the National Party and was re-elected to Parliament after winning the bellwether seat. He increased his majority in the 2008 election, was re-elected in 2011 election, and served as the Deputy Speaker of the House.

Roy announced in January 2014 that he was going to retire at the 2014 election.[3]

Roy was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament in the 2015 New Year Honours.[4]

On 15 June 2015 it was announced that Roy had been appointed to the board of Landcorp.[5]


  1. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - Invercargill, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ Parkinson, Amanda (15 January 2014). "Eric Roy to quit politics after two decades". Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "New Year honours list 2015". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Eric Roy appointed to Landcorp board". Southland Times. 15 June 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jeff Grant
Member of Parliament for Awarua
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Mark Peck
Member of Parliament for Invercargill
Succeeded by
Sarah Dowie