David Bennett (New Zealand politician)

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David Bennett

MP
Minister of Veterans' Affairs
In office
20 December 2016 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Craig Foss
Succeeded by Ron Mark
Minister for Food Safety
In office
20 December 2016 26 October 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Preceded by Jo Goodhew
Succeeded by Damien O'Connor
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hamilton East
Assumed office
17 September 2005
Preceded by Dianne Yates
Majority8,820 (26.58%)
Personal details
Born
David Allister Bennett

(1970-10-28) 28 October 1970 (age 48)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Political party National
CommitteesChair, Finance and Expenditure Select Committee
Signature David Bennett signature.jpg
Website davidbennett.co.nz

David Allister Bennett (born 28 October 1970) is a New Zealand politician. He has been a Member of Parliament since 2005, representing the Hamilton East electorate for the National Party.

A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the voters to a parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, this category includes specifically members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title. Member of Congress is an equivalent term in other jurisdictions.

Hamilton East (New Zealand electorate)

Hamilton East is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It is currently held by David Bennett MP of the National Party.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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Early years

Bennett was born on 28 October 1970 in Hamilton. He attended St John's College, Hamilton before gaining an LLB and a BCA from Victoria University of Wellington. Bennett owns two dairy farms near Te Awamutu, and has also worked as an accountant for KPMG, in Auckland.[ citation needed ]

Hamilton, New Zealand City in North Island, New Zealand

Hamilton is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat and most populous city of the Waikato region, with a territorial population of 169,300, the country's fourth most-populous city. Encompassing a land area of about 110 km2 (42 sq mi) on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton is part of the wider Hamilton Urban Area, which also encompasses the nearby towns of Ngaruawahia, Te Awamutu and Cambridge.

St John's College is a state-integrated Catholic boys' secondary school in Hamilton, New Zealand with a school roll of 787 as of March 2016. The school was established by the Marist Brothers in 1961 from Marist School. The school crest features the eagle of St. John the Apostle, with the motto "Caritas Christi Urget Nos" strewn across the bottom, a Latin motto translating loosely into "Christ's love urges us on". The mission statement for the school is "Preparing Young Men For Life".

Victoria University of Wellington public university in New Zealand

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Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2005 2008 48th Hamilton East 32 National
2008 2011 49th Hamilton East44 National
2011 2014 50th Hamilton East48 National
2014 2017 51st Hamilton East37 National
2017 present 52nd Hamilton East24 National

In the 2005 election, Bennett stood as the National Party's candidate for the Hamilton East seat. He was successful, defeating the incumbent MP, Dianne Yates of the Labour Party.

Dianne Fae Yates is a New Zealand politician. She is a member of the Labour Party.

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In 2005, Bennett voted for the Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill 2005, which would have amended the Marriage Act to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. [1]

In 2009, Bennett voted against the Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, a bill aimed at amending the Misuse of Drugs Act so that cannabis could be used for medical purposes. [2]

Bennett was the Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, and a member of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee. [3] He was appointed Minister for Food Safety and Minister for Veterans' Affairs outside Cabinet after Bill English became Prime Minister in 2016, and was additionally appointed Minister for Racing in 2017.

Bill English 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Bennett is currently the spokesperson for food safety and racing and the associate spokesperson for immigration. [4]

Personal life

Since 2015, Bennett has been in a long-distance relationship with Australian senator Bridget McKenzie. [5] [6]

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References

  1. "Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill – First Reading". New Zealand Parliament. 7 December 2005. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  2. "Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill — First Reading". Hansard. Wellington, New Zealand: New Zealand House of Representatives. 655: 4850. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 September 2018. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. "Bennett, David". Parliament.nz. Retrieved 30 June 2018.
  5. "Trans-Tasman relations: Long-distance love for Hamilton East MP David Bennett, who confirms he is in a relationship with Australian senator". NZ Herald. 2016-12-24. Retrieved 2017-11-02.
  6. Bridget McKenzie: New Zealand enchants another National, The Australian , 9 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Dianne Yates
Member of Parliament for Hamilton East
2005present
Incumbent