Hamish Walker

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Hamish Walker

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Clutha-Southland
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded byTodd Barclay
Majority14,354
Personal details
Born (1985-05-15) 15 May 1985 (age 34)
Dunedin, New Zealand
Political partyNational

Hamish Richard Walker (born 15 May 1985) is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

Political career[edit]

At the 2014 general election, Walker stood in Dunedin South, placing second in the safe Labour seat. He is an Otago Rugby Football Union board member and serves on the Otago/Southland lottery distribution committee.[1]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd Clutha-Southland 68 National

At the 2017 general election, Walker stood in the electorate of Clutha-Southland. The Clutha-Southland electorate has been held since its creation in 1996 by the National Party. Walker was selected as a last minute candidate to replace Todd Barclay, who had resigned due to an employment scandal.[2][3][4] Walker won Clutha-Southland, defeating Labour candidate Cherie Joy Champman by a margin of 7,465 votes.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hamish Walker is of Scottish New Zealander heritage and his family has roots in the South Island town of Balclutha. Walker's wife Penny Tipu is of Māori descent. The couple have a cat named Monty. On 1 January 2019, Walker reportedly saved a distressed man at the Lake Hawea dam.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wright, Michael (29 June 2017). "Contenders emerge to replace embattled Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  2. ^ Nicoll, Dave; Mitchell, Charlie (16 August 2017). "Hamish Walker the new National Clutha-Southland candidate replacing Todd Barclay". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  3. ^ "National name Hamish Walker as Todd Barclay's Clutha-Southland replacement". TVNZ. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Todd Barclay's Clutha-Southland replacement chosen". Newshub. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Clutha-Southland - Official Result". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  6. ^ Cheng, Derek (4 January 2019). "MP Hamish Walker saves distressed man days before wedding". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ Kelly, Rachael (4 January 2019). "Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker talks man down from ledge on New Year's Day". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Todd Barclay
Member of Parliament for Clutha-Southland
2017–present
Incumbent