Chris Auchinvole

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Chris Auchinvole

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for West Coast-Tasman
In office
8 November 2008 – 26 November 2011
Personal details
Born (1945-03-07) 7 March 1945 (age 74)
Prestwick, Scotland
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyNational

Chris Auchinvole JP (born 7 March 1945) is a New Zealand politician. He represented the National Party in the House of Representatives from 2005 to 2014.

Early years[edit]

Auchinvole was born in Prestwick, Scotland, and attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst in England. In New Zealand, he has been involved with the export industry, and operated a company based on the West Coast. He has also been involved in the Uniting Church, becoming a lay preacher.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th List 34 National
2008–2011 49th West Coast-Tasman 42 National
2011–2014 50th List 43 National

In the 2005 election, Auchinvole stood as the National Party's candidate for the West Coast-Tasman electorate. Despite reducing the incumbent's majority by 5,568 votes, he was unsuccessful.[1] Nevertheless, he entered Parliament as a list MP, having been ranked 34th.[2] In the 2008 election, Auchinvole won the electorate with a small majority beating Labour's Damien O'Connor who had represented the West Coast since 1993.[3] Damien O'Connor regained the electorate in 2011 despite a record defeat for the Labour Party.[4]

Auchinvole is a wedding celebrant, and officiated at the wedding in Parliament of fellow MP Tau Henare on 7 March 2012.[5] He was a strong supporter of the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill which sought to legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand. His speech in support of the bill during its second reading was well received.[6]


On 2 October 2013 Auchinvole confirmed that he would be stepping down at the 2014 election.[7] Auchinvole was replaced for the 2014 election by Maureen Pugh, Former Westland District Mayor as the West Coast-Tasman Candidate however she did not win the seat but later entered Parliament on the list following Tim Groser's resignation. Following the 2014 election Auchinvole has retired with his wife to raise Highland Cattle on their West Coast properties in Moana near Lake Brunner on the West Coast.


  1. ^ "Official Count Results – West Coast-Tasman". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Official Count Results – West Coast-Tasman". Chief Electoral Office. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  4. ^ Basham, Laura (28 November 2011). "Time for action to stop asset sales, says O'Connor". Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Tau-tally devoted: MP's quick 'I do'". Stuff. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2012.
  6. ^ Auchinvole, Chris. "Same-sex marriage debate: Chris Auchinvole speaks". Video. NZHeraldTV. Retrieved 17 April 2013.
  7. ^ "List MP Auchinvole stepping down". Stuff. 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013.

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Damien O'Connor
Member of Parliament for West Coast-Tasman
Succeeded by
Damien O'Connor