Matt King (politician)

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Matt King

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northland
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by Winston Peters
Personal details
Political party National

Ronald Matthew King [1] is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

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Personal life

King is a beef farmer from Okaihau. He is a former police officer, retiring in 2007. [2]

Okaihau Place in Northland Region, New Zealand

Okaihau is a small town in the Northland Region of New Zealand's North Island, just north of Kaikohe. State Highway 1 passes through the town. According to the 2013 New Zealand census, Okaihau has a population of 696, a decrease of 21 people since the 2006 census.

Political career

King stood as a candidate for the National Party nomination at the 2015 Northland by-election, but lost to Mark Osborne. [3]

2015 Northland by-election New Zealand by-election

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Member of parliament

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2017 present 52nd Northland 51 National

King was selected to contest the Northland electorate for the National Party [4] and defeated incumbent Winston Peters in the 2017 general election held on 23 September 2017. [5]

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Northland is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The electorate was established for the 1996 election. It was represented by National Party MP John Carter (1996-2011), and then National's Mike Sabin until his resignation on 30 January 2015. This forced a by-election in March 2015 which was won by New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters. Peters was defeated by National's Matt King in the 2017 general election held on 23 September 2017.

Winston Peters New Zealand politician

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Climate change

King rejected the scientific consensus on climate change in a controversial August 2019 Facebook post, arguing that the phenomenon is simply "natural". He subsequently described himself as a "climate inquirer". The post borrowed heavily from the far-right US source "Americans for Limited Government", and sparked widespread criticism and ridicule across New Zealand politics. This was particularly relevant as, at the time of the post, the Zero Carbon Bill – backed by both the Labour-led coalition in government and the National Party in opposition – was going through the Select Committee stage of the legislative process. [6]

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Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill

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  1. "Daily progress for Tuesday, 7 November 2017". New Zealand Parliament. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. "Matt King named as National's candidate - Northland Age - Northland Age News".
  3. Hopefuls line up for Northland Radio New Zealand , 9 February 2015
  4. "Northland candidates go head-to-head as Winston Peters fights to retain the seat". 28 August 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  5. "King beats kingmaker in nail-biting race for Northland seat". The New Zealand Herald . 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. "National MP argues climate change 'is natural' in Facebook rant taken from US right-wing source". Newshub. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Winston Peters
Member of Parliament for Northland