John Blincoe

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John Blincoe
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Nelson
In office
27 October 1990 12 October 1996
Preceded by Philip Woollaston
Succeeded by Nick Smith
Personal details
Born (1952-03-14) 14 March 1952 (age 68)
Nelson, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Alma mater Victoria University

John Gary Blincoe (born 1952) is a former New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1990 to 1996, representing the Labour Party.


Early life and family

Blincoe was born on 14 March 1952 in Nelson, New Zealand. [1] His parents were Victor and May Blincoe (according to his eldest daughter). He attended Hampden Street School, Nelson College Preparatory School and Nelson College, the latter two from 1963 to 1969. [2] Later, he was educated at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand where he gained two degrees: one in law and the other in political science.

Prior to becoming a member of New Zealand's Parliament, he had been employed by the Wellington City Council as well as by the Accident Compensation Corporation. Blincoe currently lives in Wellington and has two children.

Blincoe served as the President of NZUSA during 1976. [3] He rose to prominence when he became convener of the Wellington Clean Water Campaign which opposed the council on the Moa Point sewerage treatment plan.

Early political career

In 1983 Blincoe unsuccessfully sought the Labour Party nomination for the seat of Tasman following the retirement of Bill Rowling, but lost to Ken Shirley. [4]

Later that same year, he stood unsuccessfully for the Wellington City Council on a Labour Party ticket. [5] [6] In 1986 he contested the Labour nomination for Mayor of Wellington, but lost to local businessman Jim Belich. [7] He was then elected to the City Council in the Brooklyn Ward in 1986 and then in the Southern Ward in 1989, before resigning from the Council in 1991 when he was elected to Parliament. [8]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
1990 93 43rd Nelson Labour
1993 96 44th Nelson Labour

Blincoe was first elected to Parliament in the 1990 election as MP for Nelson, replacing the outgoing Philip Woollaston. In November 1990 he was appointed as Labour's spokesperson for Conservation by Labour leader Mike Moore. [9] He was re-elected in the 1993 election, but in the 1996 election, the seat of Nelson was expanded into rural areas formerly part of the Tasman electorate. Blincoe was defeated by the incumbent Tasman MP, Nick Smith of the National Party.

1999 election

In the 1999 election, Blincoe missed out on a seat, as a list candidate under mixed-member proportional (MMP) representation, by a narrow margin once special votes had been counted. Initially it appeared that Blincoe would have a seat in Parliament, as well as a party member directly following him on the Labour party's list. With the counting of special votes, however, the Green Party crossed the minimum 5% threshold of votes and received an electorate MP, which in turn allowed them to have seats in Parliament. In addition, Winston Peters won the constituency seat of Tauranga by a narrow margin of sixty-two votes over a National Party candidate, and this enabled his New Zealand First party to acquire extra list seats in Parliament.

Once seats had been proportionally re-allocated with both the Green Party and New Zealand First in mind, fewer list seats were available for other parties, and consequently John Blincoe was not allocated a seat.

Post Parliament

Blincoe worked as an environmental adviser to Prime Minister Helen Clark during the 2000s and has worked on environmental matters since then. He, along with Ray Ahipene-Mercer, led the Wellington Clean Water Campaign, which successfully sought to have Wellington to treat its sewage, and stop dumping it, raw, in the sea. [10]

Further reading

  • Flatting: a tenant's guide, Wellington, [N.Z.]: National Youth Council, 1973
  • Blincoe, John (1992–1996), Nelson electorate newsletter, Nelson, [N.Z.]: John Blincoe
  • Blincoe, John; Ludbrook, Julian; Cullen, Peter (1978), Tenants and the law: a handbook for people who rent their homes, Wellington, [N.Z.]: National Youth Council of New Zealand

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  2. Nelson College Old Boys' Register, 1856–2006, 6th edition
  3. NZUSA Archived 4 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. "Labour contender for Tasman". The Press . 15 August 1983. p. 2.
  5. Dawson, P.L. (25 October 1983). Declaration of Result of Election (Report). Wellington City Council.
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  7. Hogan, Anne (11 February 1986). "Jim Belich tipped for Labour's mayoral bid". The Evening Post .
  8. Evans, Gavin (15 December 1990). "Blincoe Stalls Resignation". The Evening Post .
  9. "All Labour's 29 MPs get areas of responsibility". Otago Daily Times . 28 November 1990. p. 4.
  10. "Councillor's journey from pop to politics." The Evening Post, 5 May 2000, edition 3, page 8.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Philip Woollaston
Member of Parliament for Nelson
Succeeded by
Nick Smith
Political offices
Preceded by
Rodney Murphy
Wellington City Councillor for Southern Ward
Succeeded by
Margaret Bonner