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New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate Party
1984–1987 41st Hawkes Bay Labour
1987–1990 42nd Hawkes Bay Labour

William David "Bill" Sutton (born 1944) is a former New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.

He represented the Hawkes Bay electorate in Parliament from 1984, when he defeated Richard Harrison, to 1990, when he was defeated by Michael Laws. His highest position was Chairman of Parliament's Finance and Expenditure Select Committee from 1988 to 1990.

He was subsequently elected a councillor on the Hawke's Bay Regional Council from 1992 to 1995.

He is a brother of former Labour MP and Cabinet Minister Jim Sutton. They were elected to Parliament each for the first time in 1984. Bill Sutton's then wife Jacque Aldridge gave birth to their second son David the night of the election.

Sutton has a PhD in biochemistry (Massey University) and worked as a research scientist from 1969 to 1984. After retiring from politics he worked as a senior policy analyst from 1996 to 2007.

He now lives in Napier and is a published poet. appearing in Takahe, Poetry New Zealand, Jaam, and other literary magazines. His second published poetry collection Billy Button - A Life (HB Poetry Press, 2016) included a brief autobiographical summary.


  • Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. OCLC 154283103.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Richard Harrison
Member of Parliament for Hawkes Bay
Succeeded by
Michael Laws