Lawrence Yule

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Lawrence Yule

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Tukituki
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by Craig Foss
Mayor of Hastings
In office
Preceded by Jeremy Dwyer
Succeeded bySandra Hazlehurst
Personal details
Political party National
Spouse(s)Kerryn (wife)

Lawrence Arden Yule JP is a New Zealand politician who was Mayor of Hastings from 2001 to 2017. He was elected to represent the Tukituki electorate as its member of parliament in the 2017 general election.

The Mayor of Hastings is the head of the municipal government of Hastings, New Zealand, and presides over the Hastings District Council. The first mayor was Robert Wellwood (1886–1887), and the current mayor is Sandra Hazlehurst, who is the first female to be elected to the office.

Tukituki (New Zealand electorate)

Tukituki is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. Named after the Tukituki River which runs through the electorate, it was established for the 1996 general election and has existed since. The MP for Tukituki is Lawrence Yule of the National Party, who has held the position since the 2017 general election.

2017 New Zealand general election Election on 23 September 2017

The 2017 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 23 September 2017 to determine the membership of the 52nd New Zealand Parliament. The previous parliament was elected on 20 September 2014 and was officially dissolved on 22 August 2017. Voters elected 120 members to the House of Representatives under New Zealand's mixed-member proportional (MMP) voting system, a proportional representation system in which 71 members were elected from single-member electorates and 49 members were elected from closed party lists. Around 3.57 million people were registered to vote in the election, with 2.63 million (79.8%) turning out. Advance voting proved popular, with 1.24 million votes cast before election day, more than the previous two elections combined.


Political career

Mayor of Hastings

Yule has been mayor of Hastings since 2001. [1] In this role he presides over the Hastings District Council. When elected he was the youngest person to become mayor of Hastings. [2]

Hastings, New Zealand City in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

Hastings is a New Zealand city and is one of the two major urban areas in Hawke's Bay, on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The population of Hastings is 70,600, with 45,000 living in the contiguous city and Flaxmere, 13,950 in Havelock North, 2,210 in Clive, and the remainder in the peri-urban area around the city. Hastings is about 18 kilometres inland of the coastal city of Napier. These two neighbouring cities are often called "The Bay Cities" or "The Twin Cities". The combined population of the Napier-Hastings Urban Area is 134,500 people, which makes it the sixth-largest urban area in New Zealand, closely following Tauranga (141,600).

In 2016, the Hastings district was hit by an outbreak of campylobacter in drinking water which affected thousands of people. [3] [4]

<i>Campylobacter</i> genus of bacteria

Campylobacter is a genus of Gram-negative bacteria. Campylobacter typically appear comma- or s-shaped, and are motile.

In the most recent election in 2016, Yule received more than 3,000 more votes than his closest rival. [5] [6] Yule announced that his sixth term, starting in 2016, would be his last as mayor. [5]

National politics

New Zealand Parliament
2017 present 52nd Tukituki 67 National

Yule was the National Party's candidate for the electorate of Tukituki in the 2017 general election; his candidacy was confirmed on 22 February 2017. [7] [1] The seat had been held by National MP Craig Foss since 2005, but Foss announced his retirement from politics in December 2016. [1] Yule defeated the Labour Party's Anna Lorck, who Yule had hired as a public relations consultant during previous local election campaigns. [1] Yule resigned as Hastings Mayor, resulting in a by-election held in November 2017. [8]

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.

Craig Foss New Zealand politician

Craig Raymond Robert Foss is a New Zealand investment banker and politician of the National Party. He represented the Tukituki electorate in the House of Representatives from the 2005 election until the 2017 election.

The New Zealand Labour Party, or simply Labour, is a centre-left political party in New Zealand. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as democratic socialism, while observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. It is a participant of the international Progressive Alliance.

Other roles

Yule was the president of Local Government New Zealand. [1] He is also a Justice of the peace. [9]

Local Government New Zealand organisation

Local Government New Zealand is the Local Government Association of New Zealand. The Association was formed in 1988 when, confronted with pending local government reform, the Municipal Association and the Counties Association agreed to merge into a single local government association. Two years later, in 1990, the New Zealand Regional Government Association agreed to join. In 1996 the amalgamated association adopted the brand name Local Government New Zealand.

Justice of the peace Judicial officer elected or appointed to keep the peace and do minor civic jobs

A justice of the peace (JP) is a judicial officer of a lower or puisne court, elected or appointed by means of a commission to keep the peace. In past centuries the term commissioner of the peace was often used with the same meaning. Depending on the jurisdiction, such justices dispense summary justice or merely deal with local administrative applications in common law jurisdictions. Justices of the peace are appointed or elected from the citizens of the jurisdiction in which they serve, and are usually not required to have any formal legal education in order to qualify for the office. Some jurisdictions have varying forms of training for JPs.

Personal life

Yule is married to his wife Kerryn. [6] They have four adult children. [10]

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  3. Sharpe, Marty (26 August 2016). "Second elderly woman dies after contracting campylobacter in outbreak". Stuff. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  4. Sharpe, Marty (23 August 2016). "Hastings mayor puts councillor on notice over gastro outbreak claims". Stuff. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. 1 2 Hunt, Megan (9 October 2016). "Support for Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule strong despite gastro bug". Stuff. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  6. 1 2 Chatterton, Tracey (8 October 2016). ""Humbled" Yule says he doesn't want to let Hastings down". New Zealand Herald. ISSN   1170-0777 . Retrieved 11 February 2017.
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  8. "Hastings elects first woman mayor". 25 November 2017.
  9. "Lawrence Yule JP: Executive Profile & Biography – Bloomberg". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Jeremy Dwyer
Mayor of Hastings
Succeeded by
Sandra Hazlehurst
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Craig Foss
Member of Parliament for Tukituki