Tim van de Molen
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
23 September 2017
|Preceded by||Lindsay Tisch|
Timothy John van de Molen
1985 (age 37–38)
Timothy John van de Molen (born 1985) is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.
Born in 1985to two primary school teachers and one of five children,van de Molen grew up mainly in Matamata and lives in Tamahere,Waikato. As of 2017,he had never lived outside of the Waikato region apart from an OE. He has a degree in social sciences with a psychology major.
He has worked as a farmer;in 2013,he won the NZ Young Farmer of the Year Award and was runner up in 2011,and he bought a farm when he was 29 years old. He has also worked as a rural manager for Rabobank,as well as in the army,in tourism,and for the ambulance service St John New Zealand.
Van de Molen is married to his wife Hilary and has a daughter and a son.
In February 2022 van de Molen fell from a platform,resulting in two broken arms and a fractured spine and rib.
At the 2017 general election van de Molen stood in the electorate of Waikato. He had not previously stood for parliament or another office.[ citation needed ] Van de Molen was selected by National to replace Lindsay Tisch as their candidate as Tisch was not seeking re-election. Van de Molen was expected to win –the Waikato electorate has been held by the National Party since 1938 –and he did so,winning with 61% of the electorate vote. He said that his focuses in his first term would be improving broadband in rural areas and advancing a Waikato medical school to train rural GPs.
In 2018,van de Molen took on the role of the National Party's Third Whip,subordinate to the party's Senior Whip.He also served on the Primary Production and the Transport and Infrastructure select committees during this term.
In the 2020 general election,van de Molen again stood for Waikato. In his campaign,he said that agriculture and transport remained his focus,including advocating for the Cambridge to Piarere expressway extension and seeking reduced expectation for farming to make drastic changes around the environment without support.He retained the seat with 51% of the electorate vote.
In August 2023 he was referred to the Privileges Committee following allegations he had threatened fellow MP Shanan Halbert following a select committee hearing.In August 2023,the committee's report concluded that he had threatened Halbert,saying that his conduct was "aggressive in the sense of being hostile,unprofessional and... with an element that was objectively threatening,but not in the sense of physical violence". National Party leader Christopher Luxon removed van de Molen from his portfolios. Van de Molen accepted the Committee's findings and issued a public apology,stating that he "has also committed to seeking coaching support to ensure this doesn't happen again."
Van de Molen voted in favour of the final reading for the End of Life Choice Bill in 2019,unlike most of his National MP colleagues.He voted in favour of the first and second readings of the Abortion Legislation Bill of 2019, but against its third,final reading.
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