Nathan Guy

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Nathan Guy

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2nd Minister for Primary Industries
In office
28 January 2013 26 October 2017
Prime Minister John Key
Bill English
Preceded by David Carter
Succeeded byPortfolio Disestablished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Ōtaki
Assumed office
Preceded by Darren Hughes
Personal details
Born1970 (age 4849)
NationalityFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
Political party National

Allen Nathan Guy (born 1970) [1] is a New Zealand politician, and currently serves as a member of Parliament representing the National Party.

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New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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Guy is a farmer from near Levin. He has been involved in various agricultural sector trusts and councils, and studied farming at Massey University. He served eight years on the Horowhenua District Council from 1998 to 2005. [2] [3]

Levin, New Zealand Secondary urban area in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

Levin is the largest town and seat of the Horowhenua District, in the Manawatu-Wanganui region of New Zealand's North Island. It is located east of Lake Horowhenua, around 95 km north of Wellington and 50 km southwest of Palmerston North.

Massey University university in New Zealand

Massey University is a university based in Palmerston North, New Zealand, with significant campuses in Albany and Wellington. Massey University has approximately 30,883 students, 13,796 of whom are extramural or distance-learning students, making it New Zealand's second largest university when not counting international students. Research is undertaken on all three campuses, and more than 3,000 international students from over 100 countries study at the university.

Guy's father, grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all had political careers. Guy's great-great-grandfather, Duncan Guy, was a member of the Napier Borough Council; his grandfather (also named Duncan Guy) was chairman of the Horowhenua County Council; his father, Malcolm Guy, also served as chairman of the Horowhenua County Council and was the first mayor of the Horowhenua District from 1989 to 1995. [4] [5] His maternal great-grandfather, Fred Nathan, was Mayor of Palmerston North from 1923–1927. [4] [6]

Horowhenua District Territorial authority in Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand

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Guy's great-grandfather was chairman of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company when the last spike was driven on the company's line at Otaihanga, an event re-created on 19 February 2011 when Guy drove the last spike at the new Waikanae Railway Station opening ceremony. [7]

Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company railway company in New Zealand

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Otaihanga human settlement in New Zealand

Otaihanga is on the Kapiti Coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is just north of Paraparaumu on the south bank of the Waikanae River and is roughly 55 km north of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Its name is Māori for "the place made by the tide".

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
2005 2008 48th List39 National
2008 2011 49th Ōtaki 18 National
2011 2014 50th Ōtaki20 National
2014 2017 51st Ōtaki16 National
2017 present 52nd Ōtaki12 National

In the 2005 election, Guy was a candidate for the National Party, standing in the Ōtaki electorate and being ranked 39th on the party list. He narrowly lost the election to Labour's Darren Hughes, by a margin of 1.00% or 382 votes. [8] He entered Parliament as a list MP.

2005 New Zealand general election general election

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Ōtaki (New Zealand electorate) New Zealand electorate

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Darren Hughes New Zealand politician

Darren Colyn Hughes is a New Zealand former Member of Parliament between 2002 and 2011, first elected at the age of 24. He represented the Labour Party and was a Minister outside Cabinet in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand.

In the 2008 election he was again the candidate for Ōtaki, this time defeating Hughes by 1,354 votes. [9] He increased his majority to 5,231 votes at the 2011 general election, [10] and again at the 2014 general election to 7,782. [11] He was re-elected MP for Ōtaki for the forth time in 2017.

2008 New Zealand general election election

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2014 New Zealand general election

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On 15 June 2009, Guy was selected as the new Minister of Internal Affairs, the National Library of New Zealand and other posts previously held by Richard Worth, who had resigned after allegations of sexual harassment. [12]

On 14 December 2011, following the 2011 New Zealand general election, Guy was sworn in as the Minister of Immigration, Racing, Veterans' Affairs and Associate Minister for Primary Industries. Later that term, in January 2013, he was promoted to the role of Minister for Primary Industries. He held this position throughout the remainder of the Fifth National Government.

As of March 2018, he is the National Party's spokesperson for Agriculture, Biosecurity and Food Safety.

Political views

In 2005, Guy voted for the Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill 2005, which would have amended the Marriage Act to define marriage as only between a man and a woman. [13]

Guy voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand. [14]

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  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. Guy, Nathan (24 May 2017). "Dad gave me the motivation to take up politics". Kapiti News. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. Galloway, Jill (25 May 2017). "Horowhenua politician, farmer and community man greatly missed". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. 1 2 Guy, Nathan (17 November 2005). "Maiden Speech". Hansard. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  5. Horowhenua District Council (22 May 2017). "Council pays tribute to Malcolm Guy". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. "1920s". Palmerston North City Council. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  7. Kay Blundell (21 February 2011). "Protesters in force as rail opens". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  8. "2005 election results – Otaki". 2005. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  9. "Official Count Results – Otaki (2008)". Chief Electoral Office.[ permanent dead link ]
  10. "Official Count Results – Ōtaki 2011".
  11. "Official Count Results – Ōtaki". 2014.
  12. "Nathan Guy appointed as a Minister". Fairfax New Zealand . 15 June 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  13. "Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill – First Reading". New Zealand Parliament. 7 December 2005. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  14. "How our MPs voted on gay marriage". Manawatu Standard. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Darren Hughes
Member of Parliament for Ōtaki
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Worth
Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by
Amy Adams
Minister Responsible for the National Library
Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand
Preceded by
David Carter
Minister for Primary Industries
Succeeded by
Portfolio Disestablished