Simon O'Connor

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Simon O'Connor
MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tamaki
Assumed office
30 November 2011
Preceded by Allan Peachey
Majority 17,768 (48.46%)
Personal details
Born (1976-02-25) 25 February 1976 (age 41)
Nationality New Zealander
Political party National Party
Spouse(s) Rachel Trimble (m. 2016)
Relations Simon Bridges (brother-in-law)
Committees Education and Science and Transport & Industrial Relations
Website simon.org.nz

Simon David O'Connor MP (born 25 February 1976) is a New Zealand politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. He is a member of the National Party.

Early life[edit]

O'Connor completed training to be a Catholic priest but did not seek ordination.[1] He completed four degrees and worked as a contracts manager for Southern Cross Insurance.[2]

He was the chairperson of Monarchy New Zealand between 2010 and 2012.

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th Tāmaki 62 National
2014–2017 51st Tāmaki 43 National

O'Connor was a Deputy Chair of the Northern Region of the National Party prior to seeking the National Party nomination for Maungakiekie in 2008. He was unsuccessful, losing the selection contest to Sam Lotu-Iiga, who went on to win the seat. However, O'Connor was appointed a list candidate for National in the 2008 general election. At 72nd on the list, he was not elected to Parliament.[3]

In the 2010 Auckland local elections, he stood for the Waitemata Local Board on the Citizens & Ratepayers ticket. He came tenth in this seven member electorate.[4]

O'Connor was selected by National as their candidate in the Tāmaki electorate following the sudden withdrawal of sitting MP Allan Peachey shortly before the 2011 elections.[5]

O'Connor voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.[6]

In August 2015, O'Connor uploaded a Facebook video in which he looked at the 40 alternative flag designs shortlisted by the Flag Consideration Panel and responded with "no" to each flag until he turned to the current flag and said "yes".[7]

On September 10th, 2017 - less than two weeks out from the General Election of that year - O'Connor made a controversial post to Facebook in which, in light of World Suicide Prevention Day, he likened New Zealand's high youth suicide rates to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern's support for Euthanasia. The post and its evident false equivalency was heavily and widely panned by the New Zealand voting public, and even criticised by National Party Leader and Prime Minister Bill English.[8]

Personal life[edit]

On 10 December 2016, O'Connor married Rachel Trimble, the sister of fellow National MP Simon Bridges.[9] A trained engineer, and science and mathematics teacher, Trimble has five children from a previous marriage.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nats choose stalwart for Tamaki stronghold New Zealand Herald, 27 October 2011
  2. ^ Meet Auckland's new MPs The Aucklander, 1 December 2011
  3. ^ "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Auckland Council - Waitemata Local Board". Local Elections 2010. Retrieved 9 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "National Selects Simon O'Connor as Tamaki Candidate". scoop (website). 27 October 2011. Retrieved 12 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Gay marriage: How MPs voted". The New Zealand Herald. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "National MP rejects flag change". stuff.co.nz. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  8. ^ "Jacinda Ardern wants old, disabled to commit suicide, National MP claims". 10 September 2017. Retrieved 11 September 2017. 
  9. ^ Moir, Jo (10 December 2016). "Paula Bennett has won the battle for deputy Prime Minister and will team up with Bill English". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  10. ^ Jones, Nicholas (12 February 2016). "National MP Simon O'Connor to marry Minister Simon Bridges' sister". Bay of Plenty Times. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Allan Peachey
Member of Parliament for Tāmaki
2011–present
Incumbent