Jonathan Young (politician)
|Born||1958 (age 58–59)|
|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.
Jonathan Young is the son of Venn Young, a National MP from 1966 to 1990. 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.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|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. 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'.
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. 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."
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.
- Llewellyn, Ian (21 November 2008). "Final election results could see minor changes". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- Trevett, Claire (12 January 2009). "New Voices: Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins and Jonathan Young". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- National Party website: Jonathan Young biography.
- Chief Electoral Office - Official Count Results - New Plymouth.
- Eames, David (10 November 2008). "How the West was won - by National". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- Marriage equality bill - How MPs voted Stuff.co.nz 17 April 2013
- Opponents unlikely to stop history Stuff.co.nz 17 April 2013
- Jonathan Young is a cause for concern GayNZ.com, 1 December 2008
- New MPs under fire for gay remarks NZ Herald, 16 November 2008
- Rilkoff, Matt (15 April 2011). "MP's Skynet talk attracts attention". Fairfax New Zealand.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for New Plymouth
2008 – present