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Allen Nathan Guy (born 1970)[1] is a New Zealand politician, and currently serves as a member of Parliament representing the National Party.

Nathan Guy

Minister Nathan Guy - photo.jpg
2nd Minister for Primary Industries
In office
28 January 2013 – 26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byDavid Carter
Succeeded byPortfolio Disestablished
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Ōtaki
Assumed office
Preceded byDarren Hughes
Personal details
Born1970 (age 48–49)
Nationality New Zealand
Political partyNational



Guy is a farmer from near Levin. He has been involved in various agricultural sector trusts and councils, and studied farming at Massey University. He served eight years on the Horowhenua District Council from 1998 to 2005.[2][3]

Guy's father, grandfather, and great-great-grandfather all had political careers. Guy's great-great-grandfather, Duncan Guy, was a member of the Napier Borough Council; his grandfather (also named Duncan Guy) was chairman of the Horowhenua County Council; his father, Malcolm Guy, also served as chairman of the Horowhenua County Council and was the first mayor of the Horowhenua District from 1989 to 1995.[4][5] His maternal great-grandfather, Fred Nathan, was Mayor of Palmerston North from 1923–1927.[4][6]

Guy's great-grandfather was chairman of the Wellington and Manawatu Railway Company when the last spike was driven on the company's line at Otaihanga, an event re-created on 19 February 2011 when Guy drove the last spike at the new Waikanae Railway Station opening ceremony.[7]

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th List 39 National
2008–2011 49th Ōtaki 18 National
2011–2014 50th Ōtaki 20 National
2014–2017 51st Ōtaki 16 National
2017–present 52nd Ōtaki 12 National

In the 2005 election, Guy was a candidate for the National Party, standing in the Ōtaki electorate and being ranked 39th on the party list. He narrowly lost the election to Labour's Darren Hughes, by a margin of 1.00% or 382 votes.[8] He entered Parliament as a list MP.

In the 2008 election he was again the candidate for Ōtaki, this time defeating Hughes by 1,354 votes.[9] He increased his majority to 5,231 votes at the 2011 general election,[10] and again at the 2014 general election to 7,782.[11] He was re-elected MP for Ōtaki for the forth time in 2017.


On 15 June 2009, Guy was selected as the new Minister of Internal Affairs, the National Library of New Zealand and other posts previously held by Richard Worth, who had resigned after allegations of sexual harassment.[12]

On 14 December 2011, following the 2011 New Zealand general election, Guy was sworn in as the Minister of Immigration, Racing, Veterans' Affairs and Associate Minister for Primary Industries. Later that term, in January 2013, he was promoted to the role of Minister for Primary Industries. He held this position throughout the remainder of the Fifth National Government.

As of March 2018, he is the National Party's spokesperson for Agriculture, Biosecurity and Food Safety.

Political viewsEdit

In 2005, Guy voted for the Marriage (Gender Clarification) Amendment Bill 2005, which would have amended the Marriage Act to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.[13]

Guy voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.[14]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 12 August 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Guy, Nathan (24 May 2017). "Dad gave me the motivation to take up politics". Kapiti News. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  3. ^ Galloway, Jill (25 May 2017). "Horowhenua politician, farmer and community man greatly missed". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b Guy, Nathan (17 November 2005). "Maiden Speech". Hansard. Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  5. ^ Horowhenua District Council (22 May 2017). "Council pays tribute to Malcolm Guy". Retrieved 16 March 2018.
  6. ^ "1920s". Palmerston North City Council. Archived from the original on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  7. ^ Kay Blundell (21 February 2011). "Protesters in force as rail opens". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  8. ^ "2005 election results – Otaki". 2005. Archived from the original on 10 December 2008. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Official Count Results – Otaki (2008)". Chief Electoral Office.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Official Count Results – Ōtaki 2011".
  11. ^ "Official Count Results – Ōtaki". 2014.
  12. ^ "Nathan Guy appointed as a Minister". Fairfax New Zealand. 15 June 2009. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ "How our MPs voted on gay marriage". Manawatu Standard. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

External linksEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Darren Hughes
Member of Parliament for Ōtaki
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Worth
Minister of Internal Affairs
Succeeded by
Amy Adams
Minister Responsible for the National Library
Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand
Preceded by
David Carter
Minister for Primary Industries
Succeeded by
Portfolio Disestablished