Paul Hutchison

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Paul Hutchison
Paul Hutchison in 2013
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hunua
In office
8 November 2008 – 14 August 2014
Succeeded byAndrew Bayly
Majority15,858 (46.60%)
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Port Waikato
In office
Preceded byBill Birch
Majority13,498 (37.65%)[info 1]
Personal details
Born1947 (age 76–77)
Political partyNational

Charles Paul Telford Hutchison, known as Paul Hutchison (born 1947) is a New Zealand politician and former health professional. He is a member of the National Party, which he represented in the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2014.

Early years[edit]

Hutchison was born in Wellington, and attended Khandallah School and Onslow College. He is a graduate of the University of Otago with an MB ChB in 1970, and was a consulting specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology with his medical career spanning almost 30 years.[1] Hutchison is married with four daughters.[citation needed]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1999–2002 46th Port Waikato 38 National
2002–2005 47th Port Waikato 27 National
2005–2008 48th Port Waikato 23 National
2008–2011 49th Hunua 23 National
2011–2014 50th Hunua 26 National

Hutchison was first elected to Parliament as the MP for Port Waikato in the 1999 election, and was re-elected in the 2002 election and 2005 election, and for Hunua in the 2008 and 2011 elections.

As an MP he has held a number of health-related roles, including opposition Spokesperson for Health, and Chairperson of the Health Committee.[2] He was one of only two National Party MPs to support the successful Smokefree Environments Amendment Act 2003,.[3] He voted against the Death with Dignity euthanasia bill, also in 2003.[4]

Hutchison was spotted reading while driving by a motorist in September 2009, prompting Acting Prime Minister Bill English to warn MPs to adhere to driving regulations.[5]

Hutchison announced in October 2013 that he was going to retire from Parliament at the 2014 general election.[1] Following his retirement Hutchison was honoured by the New Zealand Medical Association with the Chairman's Award for his services as Chair of the Health Select Committee[6] Hutchison was replaced as the MP for Hunua by Andrew Bayly also of the New Zealand National Party.


  1. ^ a b Vance, Andrea (25 October 2013). "National MPs to retire". Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  2. ^ Sachdeva, Sam (13 February 2010). "Low immunisation rates cause concern". The Press. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  3. ^ Berry, Ruth (4 December 2003). "Anti-smoking law hailed as life saver". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  4. ^ "How MPs voted on the Death with Dignity Bill". The New Zealand Herald. 31 July 2003. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  5. ^ "MPs warned after Nat caught reading while driving". The New Zealand Herald. 22 September 2009. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  6. ^ "NZMA honours former Health Select Committee Chair". Scoop. Retrieved 31 January 2015.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Port Waikato
Constituency abolished, recreated in 2020
Title next held by
Andrew Bayly
Constituency recreated after abolition in 2002
Title last held by
Warren Kyd
Member of Parliament for Hunua
Succeeded by