Alastair Scott (politician)

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Alastair Scott

MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wairarapa
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by John Hayes
Personal details
Born (1965-09-18) 18 September 1965 (age 54)
Wellington, New Zealand
Political party National
Domestic partnerRobyn Noble-Campbell
Childrensix
Residence Kelburn, Wellington

Alastair Oliver Scott (born 18 September 1965) is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party.

2014 New Zealand general election

The 2014 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 20 September 2014 to determine the membership of the 51st New Zealand Parliament.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.

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Private life and business interests

Scott grew up in Auckland and Wellington attending Wellington College and then Massey University in Palmerston North. [1] He is the owner of the Matahiwi Estate winery. [2]

Auckland Metropolitan area in North Island, New Zealand

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Wellington Capital city of New Zealand

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Massey University university in New Zealand

Massey University is a university based in Palmerston North, New Zealand, with significant campuses in Albany and Wellington. Massey University has approximately 30,883 students, 13,796 of whom are extramural or distance-learning students, making it New Zealand's second largest university when not counting international students. Research is undertaken on all three campuses, and more than 3,000 international students from over 100 countries study at the university.

Scott and his partner Robyn Noble-Campbell share their time between homes in the Wellington suburb of Kelburn (their primary home) and Masterton. [3] Both of them have three children each. [2] [3]

Kelburn, New Zealand Suburb in Wellington City, New Zealand

Kelburn is a central suburb of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, situated within 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) of the central business district.

Masterton Territorial authority in Wellington, New Zealand

Masterton is a large town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Masterton District. It is the largest town in the Wairarapa, a region separated from Wellington by the Rimutaka ranges. It is 100 kilometres north-east of Wellington, 39.4 kilometres south of Eketahuna, on the Ruamahanga River.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2014 2017 51st Wairarapa 61 National
2017 present 52nd Wairarapa46 National

Scott defeated Jo Hayes to win the National Party's selection for the Wairarapa electorate at the 2014 election. [2] The late entry of Carterton mayor and former MP Ron Mark for New Zealand First turned the 2014 election into a "three-horse race" with Labour's Kieran McAnulty and Scott. [4] In the end, Scott had a clear majority over McAnulty, with Mark slightly behind in third place. [5] [6] He won the Wairarapa seat again in the 2017 New Zealand general election with a reduced majority, and placed 46th on the party list. [7] [8]

Joanne Kowhai Hayes is a New Zealand politician and since January 2014 is a New Zealand National Party List MP in the New Zealand Parliament.

Wairarapa (New Zealand electorate) New Zealand electorate

Wairarapa is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It was first created in 1858 and existed until 1881. It was recreated in 1887 and has since existed continuously. In the early years, the electorate was for a time represented by two members. Wairarapa has been held by Alastair Scott since the 2014 election.

Carterton, New Zealand Minor urban area in Wellington, New Zealand

Carterton is a small town in the Wellington Region of New Zealand and the seat of the Carterton District. It lies in a farming area of the Wairarapa in New Zealand's North Island. It is located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) southwest of Masterton and 80 kilometres (50 mi) northeast of Wellington. The town has a population of 5,320, out of a total district population of 9,480.

On 25 June 2019, Scott announced that he would not contest the 2020 general election. [9]

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References

  1. "Our People". Matahiwi Estate. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 Parker, Elliot (26 April 2014). "Winery boss gains party's nomination". Wairarapa Times-Age . Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  3. 1 2 Farmer, Don (7 August 2014). "Scott can't vote for himself". Wairarapa Times-Age . Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  4. Fuller, Piers (17 September 2014). "Wairarapa's three-horse race on final straight". Stuff.co.nz . Wairarapa News. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  5. Taylor, Cherie (22 September 2014). "'Huge' win for new Wairarapa MP". Wairarapa Times-Age . Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  6. "Official Count Results -- Wairarapa". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
  7. Boyle, Chelsea. "Scott holds off challenge" . Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  8. "Official Count Results -- Wairarapa". Electoral Commission . Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. "National's Amy Adams retiring from politics at 2020 election". New Zealand Herald. 25 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.