Dan Bidois

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Dan Bidois

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northcote
Assumed office
9 June 2018
Preceded by Jonathan Coleman
Personal details
Born (1983-02-24) 24 February 1983 (age 36)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party National Party
Alma mater Harvard University
University of Auckland
Website National Party profile

Daniel Michael Bidois [1] (born 1983) is a New Zealand politician and economist who currently serves as a Member of the House of Representatives for the National Party. Bidois was elected on 9 June 2018 to the office of MP for Northcote. Bidois is both of European and Māori (Ngāti Maniapoto) descent. [2]

New Zealand House of Representatives Sole chamber of New Zealand Parliament

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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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Early life and career

Bidois is both of European and Māori (Ngāti Maniapoto) descent. He grew up in Howick, Auckland and attended Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Howick Intermediate and Howick College. Bidois left Howick College at 15 to pursue a butchery apprenticeship, originally with Seaside Meats on Litten Road. However, within two weeks of beginning his apprenticeship, he was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He had chemotherapy and an operation to save his leg. [3] [4] Overcoming cancer, Bidois decided to continue with his butchery career, completing an apprenticeship with Woolworths Supermarket in Newmarket.

Howick College

Howick College is a state co-educational secondary school located in the eastern Auckland, New Zealand suburb of Cockle Bay. Serving Years 9 to 13, the school has a roll of 2132 students as of August 2018.

After completing his butchery apprenticeship, Bidois completed Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts degrees at the University of Auckland. Outside the classroom he was elected president of the Auckland University Students' Association (AUSA) in 2006.[ citation needed ]

University of Auckland university in New Zealand

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.

In 2010, Bidois won a Fulbright Scholarship to attend Harvard University in the United States, completing a Master of Public Policy degree in 2012.[ citation needed ]

Harvard University private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with about 6,700 undergraduate students and about 15,250 post graduate students. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities.

Bidois began his professional career as a management consultant with Deloitte New Zealand in 2008. In 2010, he joined the New Zealand Institute where he published research on improving New Zealand's economy. He spent three years as an economist with the OECD in Paris, France, working on economic reforms in emerging markets. In addition, he spent a further year in 2015 as an independent strategy consultant to the Malaysian public sector in Kuala Lumpur. He returned to New Zealand in 2016, and worked as a strategy manager for Foodstuffs. [5]

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Kuala Lumpur Capital of Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, officially the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, or commonly known as KL, is the national capital and largest city in Malaysia. As the global city of Malaysia, it covers an area of 243 km2 (94 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 1.73 million as of 2016. Greater Kuala Lumpur, also known as the Klang Valley, is an urban agglomeration of 7.25 million people as of 2017. It is among the fastest growing metropolitan regions in Southeast Asia, in both population and economic development.

Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd is jointly owned by two New Zealand grocery and liquor retailers' cooperatives, Foodstuffs North Island Limited and Foodstuffs South Island Limited. Together, the two cooperatives collectively control an estimated 53% of the New Zealand grocery market. The group owns retail franchises Four Square, New World and Pak'nSave, in-store private labels Pam's, Pam's Finest and Value, and a ten percent stake in The Warehouse.

Political career

Bidois contested the National Party selection for Pakuranga upon the retirement of Maurice Williamson, but did not win the candidacy. He stood as a list-only candidate in the 2017 general election, ranked 72.[ citation needed ]

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Member of parliament

New Zealand Parliament
2018 present 52nd Northcote National

On 22 March 2018, Northcote MP Johnathan Coleman announced he would resign from Parliament, triggering a by-election, the first of the 52nd Parliament. [6] On 15 April, Bidois was chosen as National's candidate for the Northcote by-election, [5] [7] which he subsequently won by 6.28%, receiving 10,566 votes and taking 50.67% of the overall vote. [8] Bidois was sworn into the 52nd Parliament on 27 June 2018 as Member of Parliament for Northcote and made his maiden speech on 3 July 2018.

On 3 July 2018, Bidois was announced as National's Associate spokesperson for workplace relations and safety.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jonathan Coleman
Member for Northcote