Nathan Guy

The Honourable
Nathan Guy
Minister for Primary Industries
Assumed office
28 January 2013
Preceded by David Carter
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Ōtaki
Assumed office
Preceded by Darren Hughes
Majority 7,782[1]
Personal details

1970 (age 4546)

Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National

Allen Nathan Guy (born 1970)[2] is a New Zealand politician, and currently serves as a member of Parliament representing the National Party.


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 has served several terms on the Horowhenua District Council. 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.[3]

Member of Parliament

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
20052008 48th List 39 National
20082011 49th Ōtaki 18 National
20112014 50th Ōtaki 20 National
2014  present 51st Ōtaki 16 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.[4] 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.[5] He increased his majority to 5,231 votes at the 2011 general election,[6] and again at the 2014 general election to 7,782.[1]


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.[7]

On 14 December 2011 Guy was sworn in as the Minister of Immigration, Racing, Veterans' Affairs and Associate Minister for Primary Industries.

When Prime Minister John Key reshuffled his cabinet in January 2013 Guy was given the role of Minister for Primary Industries, with the Immigration and Veteran's Affairs roles being passed to Michael Woodhouse.

Guy voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.[8]


  1. 1 2 "Official Count Results – Ōtaki". 2014.
  3. Kay Blundell (21 February 2011). "Protesters in force as rail opens". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 21 February 2011.
  4. "2005 election results – Otaki". 2005. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  5. "Official Count Results – Otaki (2008)". Chief Electoral Office.
  6. "Official Count Results – Ōtaki 2011".
  7. "Nathan Guy appointed as a Minister". Fairfax New Zealand. 15 June 2009. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
  8. "How our MPs voted on gay marriage". Manawatu Standard. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2016.

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Darren Hughes
Member of Parliament for Ōtaki
Political offices
Preceded by
Richard Worth
Minister of Internal Affairs
Minister Responsible for the National Library
Minister Responsible for Archives New Zealand
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