Tim van de Molen
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
23 September 2017
|Preceded by||Lindsay Tisch|
|Children||Two[ citation needed ]|
Timothy John van de Molen is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.
A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the voters to a parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, this category includes specifically members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title. Member of Congress is an equivalent term in other jurisdictions.
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The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.
Van de Molen lives in Tamahere, Waikato and has worked as a farmer and a rural manager for Rabobank. In 2013, Tim won the NZ Young Farmer of the Year Award after coming runner up in 2011. He is married with a daughter.
Tamahere is a locality within Waikato District, New Zealand; on the outskirts of Hamilton.
Waikato is a local government region of the upper North Island of New Zealand. It covers the Waikato District, Hauraki, Coromandel Peninsula, the northern King Country, much of the Taupo District, and parts of Rotorua District. It is governed by the Waikato Regional Council.
Rabobank is a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in Utrecht, Netherlands. It is a global leader in food and agriculture financing and sustainability-oriented banking. The group comprises 129 independent local Dutch Rabobanks (2013), a central organisation, and a large number of specialised international offices and subsidiaries. Food and agribusiness constitute the primary international focus of the Rabobank Group. Rabobank is the second-largest bank in the Netherlands in terms of total assets.
At the 2017 general election van de Molen stood in the electorate of Waikato. He had not previously stood for parliament or other office. The Waikato electorate has been held by the National party since 1938, apart from two periods where the electorate did not exist. van de Molen was selected by National to replace Lindsay Tisch as their candidate; Tisch had held the electorate from 2008 to 2017 but decided not to seek re-election.
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Waikato is the name of a current electorate in the New Zealand Parliament. The electorate first existed from 1871 to 1963, and then from 1969 to 1996 when MMP was introduced. The current electorate was re-established for the 2008 election and has been represented by Tim van de Molen for the National Party since the 2017 general election.
Van de Molen serves as the National Party's Third Whip, subordinate to the party's Senior Whip.
A whip is an official of a political party whose task is to ensure party discipline in a legislature. This usually means ensuring that members of the party vote according to the party platform, rather than according to their own individual ideology or the will of their constituents. Whips are the party's "enforcers". They ensure their fellow legislators attend voting sessions and vote according to official party policy.
The New Zealand National Party's Senior Whip administers the “whipping in” system that tries to ensure that party MPs attend and vote according to the party leadership's wishes.
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