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Annabel Young (born 1956) is a former New Zealand politician. She was an MP (Member of Parliament) from 1997 to 2002, representing the National Party. She entered Parliament on 22 April 1997, having been the next candidate on National's party list when list MP Jim Gerard resigned. She remained a list MP after the 1999 election.

Annabel Young
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National party list
In office
22 April 1997 – 27 July 2002
Preceded byJim Gerard
Personal details
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Political partyNational
RelationsBill Young (father)

Young's father, Bill Young, was also a National MP, representing the Miramar electorate from 1966 to 1981. Young's sister, Nicola, is a Wellington City Councillor and stood as a candidate in the Rongotai electorate in the 2005 general election, however lost to the incumbent, Annette King.[1]

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1997–1999 45th List 28 National
1999–2002 46th List 18 National

In 2000, during the reading of the Employment Contracts Act,[2] Young was photographed yawning, and the photograph was subsequently published in The Evening Post. This prompted Speaker of the House Jonathan Hunt to ban television cameras and newspaper photographers from the House of Representatives.[3]

In the 2002 election Young was ranked too lowly to escape the collapse of National's vote that year.

Young served as National's tax spokesperson.[4]

Life after parliamentEdit

After leaving Parliament, Young was Tax Director of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand. In 2005, she became chief executive of Federated Farmers, and in 2008 moved to the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand as Chief Executive. She resigned from the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand in April 2012. She has also written a book, The Good Lobbyist's Guide, about the most effective ways for citizens to become involved in the political process.[4] Before entering politics, Young worked as a tax specialist, being a lawyer and chartered accountant.


  1. ^ Orsman, Bernard (15 September 2005). "The candidates who stand to lose". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  2. ^ Young, Audrey (3 August 2006). "NZ First MP apologises for obscene gesture in Parliament". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  3. ^ "PM happy for media rules to be loosened". The New Zealand Herald. 15 August 2000. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b Hembry, Owen (31 January 2010). "Former MP speaks up for farmers". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 May 2010.