Press Release – New Zealand National Party
National selects Northland candidate
Matt King has been selected by National to contest the Northland electorate at the 2017 General Election.
Mr King has lived in Northland most of his life. He is a farmer, fraud investigator, volunteer firefighter with the Okaihau Brigade, and was previously a NZ Police Detective.
“I’m a proud Northland boy who has always called this place home, so it’s a thrill to be chosen. Now I’m looking forward to hitting the campaign trail and earning the right to be the strong, local voice Northlanders deserve,” Mr King says.
“I’ve been a tradesman, a police officer, a farmer and a businessman. Whether you’re running a small business in Kerikeri, farming in Kaeo or showing visitors around in a stunning spot like the Bay of Islands, I know our local communities and their needs well.
“This is a part of New Zealand that has it all – stunning natural environment, fertile land, good schools, successful businesses, and a strong community spirit.
“Northland is a more prosperous place under this John Key-led National Government. Our economy is growing with more local jobs, we’re improving vital infrastructure, and investing in better social services.
“I’m the only candidate who will be a strong local MP, based in Northland, in a Government that gets results.”
Northland is New Zealand’s northernmost electorate, stretching from Cape Reinga down to Wellsford excluding the area around Whangarei. It includes the towns of Kerikeri, Kaikohe, Kaitaia, and Dargaville.
Biographical Notes: Matt King
Matt King is a born and bred Northlander, farmer, fraud investigator, volunteer firefighter, and former Police Detective. He lives in Okaihau with his wife Sarah and three teenage children.
Following completion of a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Auckland, Matt served as a NZ Police officer in Auckland for seven years. In 2000 he joined the CIB and returned to Northland, serving as a Detective before retiring from the Police in 2007.
Since then, Matt has owned and operated a dry stock farm and a number of small businesses. He has also worked as an independent fraud investigator.
Outside his professional work, Matt is an active volunteer firefighter with his home brigade at Okaihau, a senior rugby referee, and a member of the New Zealand Polocrosse board of directors.