Jonathan Young (politician)

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Jonathan Young
MP
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Personal details
Born 1958 (age 58–59)
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National Party
Relations Venn Young (father)
Occupation formerly Church Minister, teacher

Jonathan Edgar Joseph Young (born 1958) is a National Party Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives for New Plymouth. He was first elected in the 2008 general election, with the country's smallest election night majority.[1]

Early years[edit]

Jonathan Young is the son of Venn Young, a National MP from 1966 to 1990.[2] Before entering politics, Young was the Senior Minister at CityChurch Waitakere in West Auckland for 18 years. He has also been a primary school teacher and an 'itinerant' teacher of the Māori language, and a financial administrator. In addition, he has been involved in development work in Cambodia.[3]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th New Plymouth 66 National
2011–2014 50th New Plymouth 45 National
2014 – present 51st New Plymouth 38 National

In the 2008 election, Young was narrowly victorious in the New Plymouth seat against long-standing Labour incumbent Harry Duynhoven. Young's final majority was 105 votes - a margin of 0.3% of the total vote count in that electorate.[4] New Plymouth had been one of the seats that the party had focused on as they had won the party vote in the 2005 election and campaign head Steven Joyce felt that 'it had swung further our way'.[5]

During his time in Parliament, Young voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill in 2013, saying "marriage had always been a heterosexual institution" [6][7]

Controversy[edit]

Shortly after the New Zealand general election, 2008, Young was criticised by the GayNZ.com website for his statement that 'one of my associates was an ex-lesbian' and for his involvement with Teen Challenge, a Christian youth organisation with links to the ex-gay movement.[8] When commenting further, Young noted, "One of the things I do strongly object to in terms of the people [homosexuals] who have made this choice is the presentation of it as a normal alternative."[9]

In a debate on the controversially rushed-through Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008, which was aimed at controlling internet piracy, he described the internet as being akin to Skynet from The Terminator movies.[10]

References[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Harry Duynhoven
Member of Parliament for New Plymouth
2008 – present
Incumbent