|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
20 September 2014
|Preceded by||Kate Wilkinson|
|Born||1972 (age 45–46)|
Matthew Maurice Doocey (born 1972)is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand Parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party. He was re-elected in 2017 with a majority increase of over 10,000 which was a significant increase from a majority of 2,500 in 2014. It was reported that this was the largest personal vote increase in the country.
Doocey is a member of the well-known Carter family. Family patriarch Maurice Carter, a Christchurch City Councillor for over 40 years (1956–1989), was his grandfather, and the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, David Carter, is his uncle.Doocey grew up in Christchurch and attended St Bede's College for his secondary schooling. The Dooceys bought their current home in Rangiora, which currently falls into the Waimakariri electorate, in April 2014 after boundary changes put his former Redwood home out of the electorate.
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Doocey stood in the 2013 Christchurch East by-election placing second behind Poto Williams. At the time, Doocey was a manager for the Canterbury District Health Board.The party's Canterbury Westland Regional Chair, Roger Bridge, noted that a sitting government has never won a by-election in an electorate that it did not already hold. Bridge later conceded that it would be "very, very hard for us to win". When Kate Wilkinson, National MP for the Waimakariri electorate, announced in early November 2013 that she would retire at the end of the term of the 50th Parliament, rumours immediately surfaced that Doocey is going to replace her as the candidate in the Waimakariri electorate, and the Christchurch East by-election was for him to gain experience in contesting an election.
Doocey left his job in June 2014 to focus on the Waimakariri election campaign.He beat Labour's Clayton Cosgrove with an increased majority compared to the 2011 election.
For the 51st New Zealand Parliament Doocey was appointed Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee. [ citation needed ]In 2016 he brought a cross-party delegation of the Social Services Select Committee to Canterbury to hear from service providers about their response to communities’ psycho-social recovery needs in post-earthquake Canterbury. Also in his first term, Doocey was appointed third Whip of the National Government.
For the 52nd New Zealand Parliament, Doocey serves as National's Junior Whip. He was also appointed Spokesperson for Mental Health and is a member of the Health Select Committee. [ citation needed ]
Born and bred in Canterbury, Doocey worked in mental health and health-care management in both New Zealand and the UK. He studied Counselling Psychology at Weltech, has a BSc (Hons) in Social Policy, an MA in Healthcare Management from Kingston University in London and an MSc in Global Politics from Birkbeck, University of London.[ citation needed ]