Matt King (politician)

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Matt King

Matt King - Member of Parliament for Northland, New Zealand
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northland
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded byWinston Peters
Majority1,389
Personal details
Political partyNational

Ronald Matthew King[1] is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the National Party.

Personal life[edit]

King is a beef farmer from Okaihau. He is a former police officer, retiring in 2007.[2]

Political career[edit]

King stood as a candidate for the National Party nomination at the 2015 Northland by-election, but lost to Mark Osborne.[3]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd Northland 51 National

King was selected to contest the Northland electorate for the National Party[4] and defeated incumbent Winston Peters in the 2017 general election held on 23 September 2017.[5]

Controversies[edit]

Climate change[edit]

King rejected the scientific consensus on climate change in a controversial August 2019 Facebook post, arguing that the phenomenon is simply "natural". He subsequently described himself as a "climate inquirer". The post borrowed heavily from the far-right US source "Americans for Limited Government", and sparked widespread criticism and ridicule across New Zealand politics. This was particularly relevant as, at the time of the post, the Zero Carbon Bill – backed by both the Labour-led coalition in government and the National Party in opposition – was going through the Select Committee stage of the legislative process.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Daily progress for Tuesday, 7 November 2017". New Zealand Parliament. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Matt King named as National's candidate - Northland Age - Northland Age News".
  3. ^ Hopefuls line up for Northland Radio New Zealand, 9 February 2015
  4. ^ "Northland candidates go head-to-head as Winston Peters fights to retain the seat". Stuff.co.nz. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  5. ^ "King beats kingmaker in nail-biting race for Northland seat". The New Zealand Herald. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  6. ^ "National MP argues climate change 'is natural' in Facebook rant taken from US right-wing source". Newshub. 25 August 2019. Retrieved 26 August 2019.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Winston Peters
Member of Parliament for Northland
2017–present
Incumbent