Timothy Harley Macindoe MP is a New Zealand politician who was elected as a Member of Parliament in 2008 for the Hamilton West electorate. Macindoe previously served as the Minister of Customs in the Fifth National Government.

Tim Macindoe

Tim Macindoe swearing in (cropped).jpg
Macindoe in 2017
62nd Minister of Customs
In office
2 May 2017 – 26 October 2017
Prime MinisterBill English
Preceded byNicky Wagner
Succeeded byMeka Whaitiri
Chief Government Whip
In office
7 October 2014 – 2 May 2017
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byLouise Upston
Succeeded byJami-Lee Ross
Deputy Chief Government Whip
In office
29 January 2013 – 7 October 2014
Prime MinisterJohn Key
Bill English
Preceded byLouise Upston
Succeeded byJami-Lee Ross
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Hamilton West
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Preceded byMartin Gallagher
Majority7,731 (21.4%)
Personal details
BornAuckland, New Zealand
Political partyNational
ChildrenTwo daughters
Alma materOtago and Waikato Universities
CommitteesForeign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Committee
Websiteparty website

Early lifeEdit

Macindoe was born in Auckland New Zealand where he was a boarder at King's College and later attended Otago University, where he studied for a BA (Hons) in History.[1] Macindoe was a secondary teacher for 17 years, including six years as Deputy Principal at St. Peter's School, Cambridge. He has also held roles in retail, agriculture and as a prison tutor.[2]

In 2009, Macindoe completed his second degree; an LLB from the University of Waikato.[3]

Immediately prior to his election, he was Chief Executive of the Music and Art Waikato Trust (Arts Waikato), based in Hamilton.[1]

Political careerEdit

In 1996 Macindoe unsuccessfully stood for United New Zealand in the Karapiro electorate.[4] He also unsuccessfully stood for the National Party in 1999, 2002, and 2005, for which he was ranked 52nd, 39th, and 62nd respectively.

Macindoe held numerous roles within the New Zealand National Party, including Chairman of the Hamilton West electorate and four years as deputy chair of National's Central North Island regional organisation, and two years as the Central North Island Regional Policy Chair.

Member of ParliamentEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th Hamilton West 55 National
2011–2014 50th Hamilton West 49 National
2014–2017 51st Hamilton West 28 National
2017–present 52nd Hamilton West 25 National

In the 2008 election, Macindoe won the Hamilton West electorate by a margin of 1,618 votes,[5] defeating incumbent Labour MP Martin Gallagher.

During his first term within Parliament, Macindoe was the Deputy Chair of the Regulations Review Select Committee, and a member of the Social Services Select Committee.[1] In his first term, he was the Co-Chair of the Caucus Education Committee, and a member of several other caucus committees.

In the 2011 New Zealand general election, Macindoe again won Hamilton West, defeating Labour Party list MP Sue Moroney by a margin of 4,418 votes.[6] In 2013, he was selected as the National Party's Junior Whip, being joined by Third Whip Jami-Lee Ross and Chief Whip Louise Upston [7]

In the 2014 New Zealand general election, Macindoe defeated Moroney with a majority of 5,784 votes[8] to remain Hamilton West MP, and was named as the National Party's chief whip. In new Prime Minister Bill English's second ministerial reshuffle, Macindoe was named as a Minister outside of cabinet. Macindoe served as Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Education and Associate Minister of Transport[9] until the formation of the Sixth Labour Government of New Zealand in October 2017.

In the 2017 New Zealand general election, Macindoe won Hamilton West, again increasing his majority to 7,731,[10] defeating Labour Party candidate Dr Gaurav Sharma. He is currently the National Party's Spokesperson for ACC, and Associate Foreign Affairs and Trade Spokesperson.

Macindoe opposed the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which legalized same-sex marriage in New Zealand. In Parliament, Macindoe cited his committed Christian beliefs in supporting his position, arguing that same-sex relationships could "never be regarded as true marriage" because they were "intrinsically different", and that "the nature of marriage should not be interfered with".[11]

Personal life and community involvementEdit

He is married to Anne Macindoe, and they have two daughters.[1] Outside Parliament, Macindoe is a parishioner at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Forest Lake;[1] and he is actively involved with a large number of organisations within his electorate including Orchestra Central Trustee, Waikato Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton Citizens' Band Society Vice-President, Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust (Patron), and NZ Agricultural Fieldays Society.[1]

Macindoe served on the boards of two local schools. Subsequently, he was chairperson of Waikato Diocesan School's PTA for four years.[1] For nearly five years he served as a trustee for Free FM (Waikato's access radio station). He also participated on the committee that planned Hamilton's 150th anniversary celebrations in 2014.[1] Previously, he chaired the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Orchestra Steering Committee, and he served on the steering committee that culminated in the establishment of Sistema Waikato.[1] In 2005, while serving on the Melville Community Action Group, he organised a petition which forced the abandonment of a proposal by the New Zealand Labour Party to site an unsecured home for youth offenders opposite Melville High School.[12] He was a strong supporter of the Hamilton Hydrotherapy Pool Trust, even having his hair dyed blue in a successful fundraiser for the project in 2008.[1] His leisure activities include tramping and fishing, and he is an avid follower of cricket, rugby, and the performing arts.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "About Tim". Hon Tim Macindoe.
  2. ^ Tim Macindoe MP Archived 15 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine timmacindoe.co.nz
  3. ^ Hamilton MP among hundreds of Waikato Uni graduates. Retrieved 1 June 2010.
  4. ^ Karapiro attracts hopefuls[dead link] Waikato Times, 23 April 1999
  5. ^ "Official Count Results: Hamilton West". Archived from the original on 11 December 2008. Retrieved 15 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Official Count Results : Hamilton West". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  7. ^ "New Zealand Parliament". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  8. ^ Commission, New Zealand Electoral. "Official Count Results -- Hamilton West". www.electionresults.org.nz. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Macindoe, Tim". Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  10. ^ Commission, New Zealand Electoral. "E9 Statistics - Electorate Status". www.electionresults.org.nz. Retrieved 10 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Gay marriage bill passes first hurdle, faces select committee". TVNZ. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  12. ^ "Melville High School to fight youth justice facility". The New Zealand Herald. 8 December 2004. ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

External linksEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Martin Gallagher
Member of Parliament for Hamilton West