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 MP in the 2017 general election.


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]

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

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]

Other roles

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

Personal life

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


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Livingston, Tommy (14 January 2017). "Hastings' mayor Lawrence Yule to seek Tukituki nomination". Stuff. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. "Lawrence Yule | We are. LGNZ". Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  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.
  7. "Hastings mayor Lawerence Yule successful in bid for National Party selection". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  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