Born and bred in the Waikato, Tim van de Molen proudly succeeded the National Party’s long serving Waikato MP Lindsay Tisch, winning the Waikato seat at the 2017 General Election, with a majority of over 15,000 votes.
Tim was educated at Matamata College and gained a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Waikato. Following his formal education he worked as a dairy farmer and completed his OE before joining the commercial sector, as a rural bank manager. Alongside this, he has owned several small businesses and served as an Officer in the New Zealand Army Territorials.
In 2013, Tim won the prestigious NZ Young Farmer of the Year Award after coming runner up in 2011. He is also a graduate of the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme and a former Australasian Rural Ambassador.
As a passionate, life-long resident of the electorate he serves, Tim is a keen advocate for the rollout of high speed internet across the Waikato, the further development of infrastructure to support the region’s economic growth and future prosperity, with a strong focus on advancing the success of the Primary Industries. Tim will also be ensuring the new coalition Government is firmly held to account for policy decisions around the community cornerstones of healthcare, policing and education.
Tim lives in Tamahere with his wife Hilary, daughter Isobella and son Arthur.