Richard Northey

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Richard Northey on Auckland Pride Parade 2016 holding a sign reading 'I voted for Homosexual Law Reform in 1986'

Richard John Northey, ONZM (born 28 April 1945) is a New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1984 to 1990, and again from 1993 to 1996. He served on the Auckland Council between 2010 and 2013, and is a member of the Labour Party.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1984–1987 41st Eden Labour
1987–1990 42nd Eden Labour
1993–1996 44th Onehunga Labour

Northey stood unsuccessfully against the Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon, in the Tamaki electorate in the 1981 election. He was first elected to Parliament in the 1984 election as MP for Eden, replacing National's Aussie Malcolm. He was re-elected in the 1987 election, but was defeated in the National Party's landslide victory in the 1990 election. In the 1993 election, however, he returned to Parliament, now representing Onehunga which he took off National's Grahame Thorne. In the 1996 election he contested the Maungakiekie seat after boundary changes caused by the introduction of mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation, but was defeated by National's Belinda Vernon. He was not ranked high enough on Labour's list to remain in Parliament.

Local politics[edit]

Auckland Council
Years Ward Affiliation
2010–2013 Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Labour

He has since entered local politics, serving on the Auckland City Council in senior committee roles. In 2007, Richard Northey became leader of the City Vision-Labour bloc on council.[1] He was elected to the new Auckland Council in 2010, representing the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki ward.[2] In 2013 he contested the Maungakiekie-Tāmaki Ward but was defeated by Denise Krum.

At the 2016 Auckland elections, Northey was elected to the Waitemata Local Board for City Vision.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Northey was a lecturer in Political Studies and Planning at the University of Auckland.[4] He was appointed Officer in the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2002 New Year Honours, for public services.[5]


  1. ^ "Isolated Hucker vows to fight on – National – NZ Herald News". 27 June 2007. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Super City elections 2013: Challenger out to unseat Northey – National – NZ Herald News". 1 October 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 October 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "The New Zealand New Year Honours 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2001. Archived from the original on 21 May 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Aussie Malcolm
Member of Parliament for Eden
Succeeded by
Christine Fletcher
Preceded by
Grahame Thorne
Member of Parliament for Onehunga
Constituency abolished