Harry Duynhoven

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The Honourable
Harry Duynhoven
Harry Duynhoven.jpg
Mayor of New Plymouth
In office
Preceded by Peter Tennent
Succeeded by Andrew Judd
Councillor of the New Plymouth District
Assumed office
11 March 2015
Preceded by John McLeod and Len Howners
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Plymouth
In office
1987 – 1990
Preceded by Tony Friedlander
Succeeded by John Armstrong
Majority 5,439 (16.5%) [1]
In office
1993 – 2008
Preceded by John Armstrong
Succeeded by Jonathan Young
Personal details
Born 1955 (age 61–62)
New Plymouth
Nationality  Netherlands
 New Zealand
Political party Labour
Profession Electrician

Harry James Duynhoven QSO (born 1955) is a New Zealand politician and member of the New Zealand Labour Party. He was the mayor of the city of New Plymouth and surrounding districts from 2010-2013. He assumed office in October 2010. He was a Member of Parliament for the New Plymouth electorate from 1987-1990, and again from 1993-2008. He is currently a NPDC councilor representing the New Plymouth City ward and a board member on Taranaki's DHB.

Early life[edit]

Duynhoven was born in New Plymouth on 22 June 1955. [2] He left Spotswood College at age sixteen to become an electrician, and eventually became technical teacher at the collegiate and polytechnic level.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1987–1990 42nd New Plymouth Labour
1993–1996 44th New Plymouth Labour
1996–1999 45th New Plymouth none Labour
1999–2002 46th New Plymouth 29 Labour
2002–2005 47th New Plymouth none Labour
2005–2008 48th New Plymouth none Labour

Duynhoven entered Parliament in the 1987 elections, winning the New Plymouth seat from incumbent National Party MP, Tony Friedlander. In the 1990 elections, he lost the seat to National's John Armstrong, but won it back in the 1993 elections. In the 2008 election he lost to New Zealand National Party candidate, Jonathan Young by 105 votes,[3] the smallest margin in the election.[4]

In 2003, it was alleged that Duynhoven might have accidentally violated an electoral regulation, thus depriving him of his seat. This claim arose after Duynhoven applied to resume his citizenship of the Netherlands. His father was from the Netherlands, and Duynhoven had possessed citizenship from birth, but had temporarily lost it due to a change of Netherlands law. According to electoral law, applying for foreign citizenship would require Duynhoven to vacate his seat. The law was seen by many as misguided, however, and Duynhoven, with his huge majority, was almost certain to re-enter Parliament in the event of a by-election. As such, the government passed an act retroactively amending the law.

Duynhoven served as a Minister outside Cabinet of Helen Clark's Labour Government with the portfolio of Associate Minister of Transport, and later, Minister for Transport Safety and Associate Minister of Energy until his government's defeat. He did not stand as a party list candidate in the 2008 general election.

Duynhoven was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order in the 2012 New Year Honours, for services as a Member of Parliament.[5]

Local Government Politics[edit]

In October 2010, Duynhoven was elected Mayor of New Plymouth.[6] Three years later, on 12 October 2013, Mr Duynhoven became the first New Plymouth mayor since Edward Hill in 1956 to be ousted after one term." [7]

On 11 January 2015, Duynhoven confirmed months of speculation that he would stand in the upcoming New Plymouth by-election to replace two councillors, John McLeod and Len Howers, who resigned in late-2014. Duynhoven said his decision to stand in the by-election comes after receiving "a huge number of phone calls and visits from people asking me to stand."[8]

On 11 March 2015, Duynhoven made his political come-back and won a seat in the New Plymouth City Ward by-election alongside Roy Weaver after being dumped by voters for another term as Mayor and now is a first time Councillor.

In October 2016, Duynhoven was re-elected to the New Plymouth District Council after being elected to the council in the 2015 by-election and he was elected to the Taranaki District Health Board after the 2016 local elections concluded.


  1. ^ at 2005 general election
  2. ^ Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 61. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  3. ^ Chief Electoral Office: Official Count Results: New Plymouth.
  4. ^ Chief Electoral Office: Official Count Results: Electorate Status.
  5. ^ "New Year Honours List 2012". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Keith, Leighton (9 October 2010). "New Plymouth's new mayor". Taranaki Daily News. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Rilkoff, Matt (12 October 2013). "Andrew Judd mayor of New Plymouth". Taranaki Daily News. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  8. ^ "Harry Duynhoven returns in by-election". Taranaki Daily News. 11 January 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Tony Friedlander
Member of Parliament for New Plymouth
Succeeded by
John Armstrong
Preceded by
John Armstrong
Succeeded by
Jonathan Young
Preceded by
John McLeod and Len Howners
Councillor of the New Plymouth District
2015 by-election
Succeeded by