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Brian Kevin Neeson (born 30 September 1945) is a New Zealand politician. He was an MP from 1990 to 2002, representing the National Party, and a member of the Waitemata District Health Board from 2004 to 2010.

Early lifeEdit

Neeson was born in Durban, South Africa, and came to New Zealand when six years old. He worked in a number of jobs, having owned a restaurant and retail meat business and worked as a real estate consultant and property developer. He later managed a private investment company.

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1990–1993 43rd Te Atatu National
1993–1996 44th Waitakere National
1996–1999 45th Waipareira 35 National
1999–2002 46th Waitakere 34 National

Neeson represented a number of West Auckland electorates in his career, with frequent boundary changes meaning that he never ran in any electorate as an incumbent. He was first elected to Parliament in the 1990 election as MP for the Te Atatu seat, and in the 1993 election, he successfully contested the Waitakere seat. In the 1996 election, he successfully contested the Waipareira seat, and in the 1999 election, he contested the Waitakere seat once again. From age 38, he had lived in a house in West Harbour and he always stood in the electorate that his house was located in.[1]

In the 2002 election, he sought the National Party nomination for the new seat of Helensville, which had absorbed most of the Waitakere electorate. However, he was controversially defeated for selection by John Key, a new candidate. Neeson considered his non-selection to be a betrayal, believing that National Party president Michelle Boag had deliberately engineered his defeat in order to further her "rejuvenation" of the party.[2] Neeson quit the National Party and stood as an independent, but placed third.

After parliamentEdit

In December 2009 Neeson was appointed to the Human Rights Review Tribunal.[3] The appointment was criticised by the gay community[4] and by Labour MP Grant Robertson due to Neeson's record of voting against gay rights while an MP.[5]

In 2010 Neeson was elected to the Upper Harbour Local Board of the new Auckland Council, as well as the Waitakere Licensing Trust.[6] He also ran for the Auckland Council, placing 10th in the Albany ward with 4,911 votes.[7]

At the 2016 Auckland elections, Neeson was elected to the Upper Harbour Local Board and the Waitemata District Health Board.[8][9]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Orsman, Bernard (5 July 2002). "Key electorate: Helensville". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ O'Sullivan, Fran (20 June 2002). "Secret emails reveal Boag's role in ousting MP". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  3. ^ Power, Simon (18 December 2009). "Human Rights Review Tribunal appointments" (Press release). New Zealand Government. Scoop. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. ^ ""Bigot" ex-MP becomes human rights panellist". GayNZ. 22 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ Trevett, Claire (22 December 2009). "Human rights appointee criticised as anti-gay". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  6. ^ "About Us: Waitakere Licensing Trust". Portage and Waitakere Trusts. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Auckland - Final Results" (PDF). 15 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  • Stringer, John (1990). 1990 Parliamentary Candidates for the New Zealand National Party. Wellington: New Zealand National Party.