William Lindsay Tisch QSO JP (born 9 October 1947), known as Lindsay Tisch, is a New Zealand politician, and member of the National Party.

Lindsay Tisch

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Tisch in 2018
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Karapiro
In office
1999 – 2002
Preceded byJohn Luxton
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Piako
In office
2002 – 2008
Preceded byJack Luxton (in 1978)
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Waikato
In office
Preceded byRob Storey (in 1996)
Succeeded byTim van de Molen
Personal details
William Lindsay Tisch

(1947-10-09) 9 October 1947 (age 72)
Auckland, New Zealand
Spouse(s)Leonie Tisch

Early lifeEdit

Tisch was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1947. He obtained a diploma in agriculture from Lincoln College.[1] He has worked as a farmer, and was a management consultant. He was a director of Land Corp (1991–1997), and is a member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand and the New Zealand Institute of Property Management.[1]

Tisch is a Justice of the Peace, a trustee of the Pohlen Hospital Foundation based in Matamata, and a member of Matamata Lions Clubs.[1]

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1999–2002 46th Karapiro None National
2002–2005 47th Piako None National
2005–2008 48th Piako 24 National
2008–2011 49th Waikato 19 National
2011–2014 50th Waikato 24 National
2014–2017 51st Waikato 26 National

He joined the National Party in 1966, and has held a number of senior roles in its organisational wing. In 1994 he served briefly as the party's president, and in the 1996 election, he was the party's campaign manager.[1]

Tisch was first elected to Parliament in the 1999 election, replacing John Luxton in the electorate of Karapiro. He retained his seat in the 2002 election, when the name of the electorate was changed back to Piako. The electorate was named after a little-known river past Morrinsville, and Tisch was successful in lobbying to have the electorate renamed after the Waikato River.[2]

In 2004, Tisch voted against the Civil Union Act 2004, a bill making it legal for those in same-sex as well as heterosexual relationships to enter into a civil-union.[3] In 2005, Tisch voted for Gordon Copeland's Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill, a bill which would have amended the Marriage Act to define marriage as only between a man and woman.[4]

In the 2008 election, Tisch was re-elected in the recreated Waikato seat with a majority of 12,850 over Jacinda Ardern.

In 2009, it was revealed Tisch was using a front company to maximise his accommodation allowance paid by the taxpayer. Tisch was claiming $410 a week which was paid to his property investment company, Heritage 653 Limited.[5]

Tisch voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.[6]

He served as Assistant Speaker of the House in the 51st Parliament, having previously served as the Deputy Speaker of the House, and is a Justice of the Peace.[1]

In June 2016 he announced he would not seek re-election in the 2017 general election.[7]


Tisch was one of the 3,632 recipients of the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal,[8] which he received for services to the public.[1]

In the 2018 New Year Honours, Tisch was appointed a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services as a Member of Parliament.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Lindsay Tisch". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  2. ^ Akuhata, Karla (14 August 2010). "The boundaries of Lindsay Tisch". Waikato Times. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  3. ^ Civil Unions Act
  4. ^ "Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill – First Reading". New Zealand Parliament. 7 December 2005. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Senior MP becomes own landlord to claim maximum allowance". The New Zealand Herald. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Region's MPs split on gay marriage". Waikato Times. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  7. ^ "MP Lindsay Tisch not to seek re-election". stuff.co.nz. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Other Distinctive New Zealand Honours". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 19 December 2013.
  9. ^ "New Year honours list 2018". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 30 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
Party political offices
Preceded by
John Collinge
President of the National Party
Succeeded by
Geoff Thompson
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
John Luxton
Member of Parliament for Karapiro
Constituencies abolished
Constituency abolished in 1978, recreated in 2002
Title last held by
Jack Luxton
Member of Parliament for Piako
Constituency abolished in 1996, recreated in 2008
Title last held by
Rob Storey
Member of Parliament for Waikato
Succeeded by
Tim van de Molen