Married to Anne with two adult daughters, Tim Macindoe has been MP for Hamilton West since November 2008, and currently serves as Minister of Customs, Associate Minister of Transport and Associate Minister of Education in the National-led Government of Prime Minister Bill English.
Tim and Anne live in the Hamilton West electorate where Anne works as a business assistant for a firm based in Te Rapa.
Prior to his election, Tim was the Chief Executive of Arts Waikato where he was principally responsible for the trust’s business and staff management, fundraising and reporting.
From 1996 – 2002 Tim was Deputy Principal of St. Peter’s School, Cambridge. He has also worked in public service, marketing, retail, agriculture and as a prison tutor, with breaks for overseas travel and to campaign full-time for the National Party in 2002 and 2005. Tim completed his first degree, a BA (Hons) majoring in History, at Otago University. Early in 2009 he completed his second degree, an LL.B, at the University of Waikato.
Tim is an energetic electorate MP who is actively involved in his diverse local community. He served on the boards of two local schools and was subsequently Chairman of Waikato Diocesan School’s PTA for four years. He served for nearly five years as a trustee of Free FM, the Waikato region’s Access Radio station, and he was a member of the civic committee that organised the celebrations of Hamilton City’s 150th anniversary in 2014.
He formerly chaired the Waikato/Bay of Plenty Regional Orchestra Steering Committee and was an inaugural member of the Orchestra Central Trust, on which he still serves. He is a member of many other organisations including the Waikato Chamber of Commerce, SPCA Waikato, and the Hamilton Combined Returned Services Club Inc. He served on the steering committee that led to the establishment of Sistema Waikato. Prior to his election he served on the Melville Community Action Group.
He is Patron of the Epilepsy Waikato Charitable Trust, an active supporter of Hamilton’s numerous ethnic organisations, and he works closely with a large number of local charities to assist with their fundraising, advocacy and other needs (even having his hair dyed blue in a successful fundraiser for the Hamilton Hydrotherapy Pool Trust project in 2008!) Other current roles include Vice-Patron, NZ Agricultural Fieldays Society, and Vice-President, Hamilton Citizens’ Band Society Inc.
He has undertaken several lay ministry roles in the Anglican Church and is currently a parishioner at Holy Trinity, Forest Lake. His leisure activities include tramping and fishing, and he is a keen follower of cricket, rugby and the performing arts.
Tim was elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2011 and 2014, increasing his majority on each occasion. He has been re-selected as the National Party’s Hamilton West candidate for New Zealand’s General Election to be held on 23 September 2017.
During his years in Parliament, Tim has served on the Social Services Select Committee for four years, as Deputy Chair of the Regulations Review Committee, on the Education and Science Select Committee for two years, and as Chair of the Justice and Electoral Select Committee prior to his appointment as Junior Government Whip in January 2013. Following the 2014 election, Tim was chosen by his colleagues to be the Senior Government Whip, and in that capacity served on the Business Committee, the Officers of Parliament Committee, and as a member of the Parliamentary Services Commission, until his appointment as a Minister of the Crown in May 2017.