The National Party has selected Matthew Doocey as its candidate for Waimakariri.
Mr Doocey was selected by a meeting of local party members tonight.
“Matthew proved himself an effective campaigner in the Christchurch East by-election, with a real passion for advancing and rebuilding Canterbury. He will be a strong, fresh, and energetic local MP if elected in September,” said Canterbury-Westland Regional Chair Roger Bridge.
“Kate Wilkinson has served the electorate well, winning the seat for National in 2011. However we are taking nothing for granted this election and will be running a strong campaign in Waimakariri.”
Mr Doocey said he was honoured to be selected and looking forward to the challenge ahead.
“It’s an honour to be selected as National’s Waimakariri candidate,” says Mr Doocey.
“North Canterbury has been well-served by a Government which is making the rebuild a priority, investing in infrastructure, and backing rural communities.
“Having a strong local voice inside National has been crucial for Waimakariri. I will be working hard to carry that on if I have the privilege of being elected to serve these communities inside Parliament.”
Matthew Doocey – Biographical Notes
A born and bred Cantabrian, Matthew Doocey (41) lives in Redwood with Hungarian-born wife Viktoria and their new-born daughter Emily.
After pursuing opportunities in the UK, Mr Doocey decided to return home last year to give something back after the earthquakes.
He currently works at the Canterbury District Health Board as a manager in its surgical division.
Mr Doocey went to St Bedes College before studying counselling psychology at WelTec (Wellington). He has a Bsc (Hons) in Social Policy, an MA in Healthcare Management from Kingston University in London, and an MSc in Global Politics from Birkbeck College – University in London. He is also studying towards a Doctorate in Health by distance with Bath University in the UK.
Matthew Doocey has a long career in healthcare management including in the delivery of community health, mental health, and social care services both in voluntary and Government settings.
Kate Wilkinson won Waimakariri from Labour’s Clayton Cosgrove.
If proposed boundary changes are confirmed, the electorate will be a bit bluer than it was.