Jonathan Young (politician)

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Jonathan Young

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Plymouth
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Preceded by Harry Duynhoven
Personal details
Born1958 (age 6061)
NationalityNew Zealand
Political party National Party
Relations Venn Young (father)
Occupationformerly Church Minister, teacher

Jonathan Edgar Joseph Young (born 1958) is a National Party Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives for New Plymouth. He was first elected in the 2008 general election, with the country's smallest election night majority. [1]

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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New Plymouth (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

New Plymouth is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It was first created for the 1st New Zealand Parliament in 1853 and has existed since, with one 32-year interruption. The electorate was initially called Town of New Plymouth.


Early years

Jonathan Young is the son of Venn Young, a National MP from 1966 to 1990. [2] Before entering politics, Young was the Senior Minister at CityChurch Waitakere in West Auckland for 18 years. He has also been a primary school teacher and an 'itinerant' teacher of the Māori language, and a financial administrator. In addition, he has been involved in development work in Cambodia. [3]

Venn Spearman Young was a New Zealand politician. He was a member of the National Party, and served as a Cabinet Minister in the government of Robert Muldoon. He is known for his failed attempt to legalise "homosexual acts" in 1975.

Waitakere City human settlement

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Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
2008 2011 49th New Plymouth 66 National
2011 2014 50th New Plymouth45 National
2014 2017 51st New Plymouth38 National
2017 present 52nd New Plymouth35 National

In the 2008 election, Young was narrowly victorious in the New Plymouth seat against long-standing Labour incumbent Harry Duynhoven. Young's final majority was 105 votes - a margin of 0.3% of the total vote count in that electorate. [4] New Plymouth had been one of the seats that the party had focused on as they had won the party vote in the 2005 election and campaign head Steven Joyce felt that 'it had swung further our way'. [5]

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Harry Duynhoven New Zealand politician

Harry James Duynhoven is a New Zealand politician and member of the New Zealand Labour Party. He was the mayor of the city of New Plymouth and surrounding districts from 2010–2013. He was a Member of Parliament for the New Plymouth electorate from 1987–1990, from 1993–2003, and again from 2003–2008.

During his time in Parliament, Young voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill in 2013, saying "marriage had always been a heterosexual institution" [6] [7]

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Shortly after the 2008 New Zealand general election, Young was criticised by the website for his statement that 'one of my associates was an ex-lesbian' and for his involvement with Teen Challenge, a Christian youth organisation with links to the ex-gay movement. [8] When commenting further, Young noted, "One of the things I do strongly object to in terms of the people [homosexuals] who have made this choice is the presentation of it as a normal alternative." [9]

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In a debate on the controversially rushed-through Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act 2008, which was aimed at controlling internet piracy, he described the internet as being akin to Skynet from The Terminator movies. [10]

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  1. Llewellyn, Ian (21 November 2008). "Final election results could see minor changes". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  2. Trevett, Claire (12 January 2009). "New Voices: Jacinda Ardern, Chris Hipkins and Jonathan Young". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  3. National Party website: Jonathan Young biography.
  4. Chief Electoral Office - Official Count Results - New Plymouth.
  5. Eames, David (10 November 2008). "How the West was won - by National". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  6. Marriage equality bill - How MPs voted 17 April 2013
  7. Opponents unlikely to stop history 17 April 2013
  8. Jonathan Young is a cause for concern, 1 December 2008
  9. New MPs under fire for gay remarks The New Zealand Herald, 16 November 2008
  10. Rilkoff, Matt (15 April 2011). "MP's Skynet talk attracts attention". Fairfax New Zealand.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Harry Duynhoven
Member of Parliament for New Plymouth
2008 present