Michael Woodhouse

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The Honourable
Michael Woodhouse
Michael Woodhouse.jpg
Personal details
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National
Website www.michaelwoodhouse.co.nz

Michael Allan Woodhouse (born c.1965) is a National member of the New Zealand Parliament.

Early years[edit]

Woodhouse was born and raised in South Dunedin, the fifth of nine children. He attended St Patrick's, St Edmund's and St Pauls High School, now Kavanagh College, which he left at the end of sixth form in 1982.

He worked for the National Bank of New Zealand in Dunedin and Wellington until 1987 when he embarked on a rugby sojourn to Scotland and England, playing for Dunfermline 1987/88 and Broughton Park in Manchester 1988/89. He returned to Dunedin where he studied Commerce and Accounting at Otago University, which he graduated from in 1993.

He worked at Taylor Mclachlan Accountants in Dunedin, Dunedin Hospital and ACC. Recently in 2005 he earned a masters in Health at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Prior to his political career, Woodhouse was the CEO of Mercy Hospital in Dunedin from 2001 to 2008.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th List 49 National
2011–2014 50th List 31 National
2014–present 51st List 20 National

Woodhouse stood in Dunedin North in 2008 and, though he received 30.64% (9972) of the votes he was defeated by incumbent electorate Pete Hodgson who received 52.62% of the vote. He was still however elected to parliament through National's party list. In the 2011 election, Woodhouse reduced the majority from 7,155 in 2008[1] to 3,489 against David Clark.[2] National also lost the party vote by 420 votes. Clark beat Woodhouse with an increased majority in the 2014 election.[3]

A member of the Health and Transport & Industrial Relations Select Committees in the 49th Parliament, Woodhouse was elected as the National Party's senior whip on 20 December 2011.[4] He is the head of the Parliamentarians for Arthritis group and is active in the Parliamentary Sports Trust as a rugby player and referee.[citation needed]

In a reshuffle in January 2013, Woodhouse was made a minister outside cabinet and was given the Immigration, Veteran's Affairs and associate transport portfolios.[citation needed]

He is currently ranked 17th on the National Party list, and has the Immigration, Inland Revenue, and Workplace Relations and Safety ministerial portfolios. [5] [6]

Personal life[edit]

Woodhouse is an avid rugby fan, having played for Otago in his youth. He has a wife Amanda and three children.[7]

An avid rugby follower, Woodhouse played age group rugby for Otago and South Island rep teams and premier rugby for Dunedin and Western Suburbs in Wellington. He also refereed 84 premier and approximately 20 representative colts and 'B' provincial matches.[8][better source needed]


  1. ^ "Official Count Results - Dunedin North". Electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 27 May 2012. 
  2. ^ New Zealand Electoral Commission. "Official Count Results - Dunedin North". Electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  3. ^ "Agony and ecstasy for Dunedin party faithful". Otago Daily Times. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  4. ^ National's whips Woodhouse and Upston stuff.co.nz, 20 December 2011
  5. ^ "Ministerial List". DPMC. 14 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Hon Michael Woodhouse". national.org.nz. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "HON MICHAEL WOODHOUSE List MP in Dunedin". Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  8. ^ "Hon Michael Woodhouse - Biography". New Zealand National Party. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 

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