Jonathan Coleman (politician)

The Honourable Dr
Jonathan Coleman

Dr Jonathan Coleman in Northcote, Auckland in 2015
Minister of Health
Assumed office
8 October 2014
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Tony Ryall
Minister for Sport and Recreation
Assumed office
8 October 2014
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Murray McCully
Minister of Defence
In office
December 2011  8 October 2014
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Wayne Mapp
Succeeded by Gerry Brownlee
Minister of State Services
In office
December 2011  8 October 2014
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Tony Ryall
Succeeded by Paula Bennett
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Northcote
Assumed office
Preceded by Ann Hartley
Personal details
Born (1966-09-23) 23 September 1966
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National Party

Jonathan David Coleman (born 23 September 1966) is a New Zealand politician.

Early years

After attending Auckland Grammar School where he was Head Prefect in 1984, Coleman trained as a doctor, graduating from University of Auckland's medical school. He worked as a doctor in New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia (in the latter case, for the Royal Flying Doctor Service). He later obtained an MBA from London Business School in 2000, and returned to New Zealand the following year.

He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers as consultant on health sector issues and as a part-time general practitioner in Otara. He entered the selection for the National Party candidacy for Tamaki but was defeated by Allan Peachey before successfully contesting the candidacy for Northcote.

He has a 170-year family connection to his Northcote electorate and “a bit of tangata whenua thrown in” to his bloodline.[1]

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
20052008 48th Northcote 35 National
20082011 49th Northcote 29 National
20112014 50th Northcote 16 National
2014  present 51st Northcote 10 National

In the 2005 election, Coleman stood as the National Party's candidate for the Northcote seat. He was also ranked 35th on the party's list. Coleman was successful, defeating Ann Hartley of the Labour Party. This was the only Auckland seat to change hands between Labour and National in the 2005 election.

In 2006, Coleman (then the National Party's associate health spokesman) caused controversy when he accepted British American Tobacco's - an active lobbier on health sector issues - offer of sitting in their corporate box during a U2 concert.[2] It was also alleged he blew cigar smoke at a woman during the concert.[3] Coleman admitted he made a mistake by sitting in British American Tobacco's corporate box and smoking at a U2 concert.[4]

In the 2008 election Coleman was re-elected in Northcote with a majority of 9,360 votes.[5] He was again successful in the 2011 election, winning by a majority of 9,379 votes.[6] He had a slightly increased majority in the 2014 election.[7]


After being re-elected for a third term for the Northcote seat in November 2011, Coleman was promoted in Cabinet to Minister of Defence, Minister of State Services and Associate Minister of Finance.

In 2012, Coleman made a secret visit to Afghanistan to visit New Zealand troops.[8] Coleman said the visit was a "chance for him to offer his support to the troops for the important work they were doing providing security in the province".[9] As Minister of Defence, Coleman led the implementation of the 2010 Defence White Paper.[10] He commissioned the Defence Mid-Point Rebalancing Review which set out the long term approach, balancing funding, capabilities and policy.[11] Coleman also oversaw the NZDF’s successful withdrawal from its three largest missions in Afghanistan, Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste.[12]

Coleman voted against Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013.[13]


In 2014 Coleman became the first doctor in 70 years to take the health portfolio.[14]

In May 2015, Coleman described the Labour Party's proposal for free gender reassignment surgery for transgender people in New Zealand as a "nutty idea".[15]

On the 20 May, a meeting in Alexandra organised by Central Otago Health Services Ltd supported a vote of no confidence in Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.[16] When Russell Garbutt moved a motion of no confidence in he did not expect the minister to pick up the phone and call. They spoke for more than 10 minutes, Dr Coleman telling Mr Garbutt the SDHB was his ''number 1'' priority in respect of its budget woes.[17] More money is being pumped into Southern DHB. Budget 2016 is investing an extra $32 million in new money this year, taking the DHB’s total funding to $884 million for 2016/17, an extra $194 million in funding over the last eight years.[18] Vote Health will reach a record $16.1 billion in 2016/17. An extra $568 million will be invested for 2016/17.[19]


  1. Noted. "Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman - interview - The Listener". Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  2. "A year some politicians would rather see as a bad dream". NZ Herald. 22 December 2006.
  3. "Nat MP 'punched in cigar row'". NZ Herald. 3 December 2006.
  4. Houlahan, Mike (4 December 2006). "Sackcloth and ashes for National health spokesman after U2 cigar". The New Zealand Herald.
  5. "Official Count Results -- Northcote". Chief Electoral Office. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  6. "Official Count Results – Northcote". New Zealand Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  7. "Official Count Results -- Northcote". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  8. "Jonathan Coleman in secret visit to Afghanistan". Radio New Zealand. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  9. Levy, Danya (2012-10-03). "Defence Minister on secret Afghanistan visit". Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  10. "Govt delivers on Defence White Paper reforms". The Beehive. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  11. "Government remains committed to sustainable, affordable future Defence Force". The Beehive. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  12. "Ceremony marks Chief of Defence handover". The Beehive. Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  14. Noted. "Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman - interview - The Listener". Retrieved 2016-11-28.
  15. "Sex change surgery policy 'nutty'". 19 May 2015.
  16. van Kempen, Lynda (21 May 2015). "1000 gather over threat to cut hospital services". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  17. "Instant response from Minister | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  18. "Budget 2016: $32m extra for Southern DHB | Scoop News". Retrieved 2016-06-03.
  19. "Budget 2016: Overview". The Beehive. Retrieved 2016-06-03.

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