Mark Patterson (New Zealand politician)

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Mark Patterson

MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Personal details
Political party New Zealand First (2015–present)
Other political
affiliations
National (2007–15)

Mark William James Patterson is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the New Zealand First party.

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Career before politics

Patterson had a career as a sheep farmer in Lawrence, Otago, and was involved with the Meat Industry Excellence Group. [1]

Lawrence, New Zealand Town in Otago, New Zealand

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Political career

Patterson was previously involved with the National Party and unsuccessfully contested the nomination for the Clutha-Southland electorate in 2014 upon Bill English's decision to become a List MP, but lost to Todd Barclay. [1]

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Member of parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2017 present 52nd List7 NZ First

In 2017 election Patterson stood for New Zealand First in the Clutha-Southland electorate and was placed 7 on New Zealand First's party list. [2] [1] He duly entered parliament via the party list. [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Woolf, Amber-Leigh (29 May 2017). "NZ First Clutha-Southland candidate Mark Patterson keen to shine light on local issues". Stuff.co.nz . Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  2. "The NZ First Party list for the 2017 General Election". Scoop.co.nz. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. "Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. 23 September 2017. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.