Matthew Doocey

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Matthew Doocey
MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waimakariri
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by Kate Wilkinson
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 45–46)
Children 2

Matthew Maurice Doocey (born 1972)[1] 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.[2]

Personal life

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.[3] 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.[4]

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2014–2017 51st Waimakariri 56 National
2017–present 52nd Waimakariri 29 National

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.[5] 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.[6] Bridge later conceded that it would be "very, very hard for us to win".[7] 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.[3][8]

Doocey left his job in June 2014 to focus on the Waimakariri election campaign.[9] He beat Labour's Clayton Cosgrove with an increased majority compared to the 2011 election.[10][11]

For the 51st New Zealand Parliament Doocey was appointed Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee.[12] 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.[citation needed]

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]

Previous life

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]

References

  1. ^ "Waimakariri Newsletter, Winter 2015" 15 June 2015 (Retrieved 18 February 2018)
  2. ^ Commission, New Zealand Electoral. "E9 Statistics - Electorate Status". www.electionresults.govt.nz. Retrieved 2018-04-04. 
  3. ^ a b Conway, Glenn (8 November 2013). "Wilkinson to fall on her sword". The Press. p. A7. 
  4. ^ "Chch East candidate: Matthew Doocey". The Press. 16 November 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "National's Christchurch East candidate named". The Press. 12 September 2013. p. A3. Archived from the original on 27 October 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "National opens nominations for Christchurch East By-election". New Zealand National Party. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "'Realistic' Nats reject by-election hopes". The Press. 23 October 2013. p. A9. 
  8. ^ Conway, Glenn (8 November 2013). "Canterbury MP Kate Wilkinson quits". The Press. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  9. ^ Cooper, Emily (8 September 2014). "Cosgrove fights to win back Waimakariri". 3 News. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Official Count Results -- Waimakariri". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Official Count Results -- Waimakariri". Electoral Commission. 21 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  12. ^ "Matt Doocey". New Zealand Parliament. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
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