Pat Hunt

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Thomas de Vere (Pat) Hunt (born 19 January 1931) was a New Zealand politician of the National Party.


New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1978–1981 39th Pakuranga National
1981–1984 40th Pakuranga National

Hunt was born in Auckland in 1931. He gained his education at Mount Albert Grammar School and the University of Auckland, from where he graduated with a BEng.[1]

In 1978 Hunt replaced Gavin Downie as the National candidate for Pakuranga, in a controversial challenge to a sitting MP. Downie stood as an Independent and the previous substantial majority was reduced, but Hunt was elected in 1978.[1][2] Hunt narrowly held onto the electorate in 1981 when he was challenged by Neil Morrison of the Social Credit Party.[1] Morrison defeated Hunt at the 1984 election.[2]

During the 1984 election campaign, Hunt coined the term "Crimplene Suit and Skoda Brigade" for Social Credit.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Gustafson, Barry (1986). The First 50 Years : A History of the New Zealand National Party. Auckland: Reed Methuen. p. 322. ISBN 0-474-00177-6. 
  2. ^ a b Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First ed. published 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 206. OCLC 154283103. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Gavin Downie
Member of Parliament for Pakuranga
Succeeded by
Neil Morrison