Hamilton East electorate

Hamilton East is currently represented by National's David Bennett, who won comfortably with a margin of 5,810. In 2017, National won the largest share of Hamilton East's party votes – 48% to Labour's 36%. Together with its sister seat, Hamilton West, the electorate is historically considered a bellwether, with the winning party going on to form a government. More recently, National have held the seat since Bennett was first elected in 2005.

David Bennett
MP for Hamilton East
My local priorities
Extension of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to Tauranga to help Hamilton grow our link with the Bay of Plenty. Continue to advocate for a rural medical school to increase opportunities to train new health professionals. Continue the Southern Links roading project which would complete the Hamilton Ring Route Road in the south-west.
Why I’m running
I am running for the Hamilton East electorate as I am passionate about continuing our city's exceptional growth. These growth rates are a result of investments made by the previous National Government and our proximity to Auckland and Tauranga. The current Government has not carried on this necessary investment and have cancelled projects like the Cambridge to Piarere extension. I am standing to ensure that Hamilton gets its fair share of Government spending.
About me
I have been the MP for Hamilton East since 2005. I have fought hard for Hamilton to get its fair share of Government spending over my 15 years as an MP. My biggest achievement was securing $2.1 billion in funding for the Waikato Expressway which has been transformative for Hamilton and had a huge influence in Hamilton's growth. I have also advocated for more schools and the ultra-fast fibre programme in Hamilton. I work hard to get the infrastructure for my electorate to prosper.
Party list rank
11
First entered parliament
2005
2017 electorate result
Won Hamilton East
Before politics
Dairy farmer
Place of residence
Claudelands, Hamilton East
Age
49
Naomi Pocock
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Resolve unaffordable housing (rent and house prices) over time by shifting investment into productive assets like business. Give everyone a universal basic income of $250/week to eliminate poverty and incentivise work (no abatement). Help businesses recover by abolishing provisional tax, offering $10k grants for energy and technology efficiency + more.
Why I’m running
I was freaking out about the future for my children until I found TOP. Now I have hope. TOP has the vision to lead NZ forwards. Not left or right, just forwards. We are the only party willing to address NZ's issues at a fundamental level. Unaffordable housing, poverty, unswimmable rivers, climate change, the exporting of our pristine water overseas and many more. TOP has evidence-based policies to fix our biggest challenges. We won't buy your votes with our policies. We'll do what works.
About me
I grew up on a Waikato dairy farm. I attended school and university in Hamilton. I wrote a PhD on concepts of home for returned long-term travellers. I attended Playcentre in Hamilton East. TOP brings a new approach to politics. We are not career politicians (there should be no such thing). We are standing to make fundamental changes based on evidence and research. I am passionate about getting the shenanigans out of politics. Less lobbying, more integrity. Less politics, more policy.
Party list rank
8
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Playcentre member and mother
Place of residence
Koromatua
Age
44
Myah Deedman
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Jumpstart the New Zealand economy: create jobs, cut red tape, replace the RMA, cut GST. Control the debt: stop out of control spending, balance books by 2023 without raising taxes or cutting health and education. Invest in mental health and welfare reform.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in Hamilton East. I believe that we can enable Kiwis to truly flourish and reach their potential through the promotion of freedom, choice, personal responsibility and autonomy. I aim to gain more Party Votes to increase the number of members in parliament who will hold other parties to account and contribute constructive, solution-focused policies towards a better tomorrow. ACT shows consistency, compassion and competency which is what New Zealanders need.
About me
I am introverted in nature but feel a duty to step outside of my comfort zone in order to fight for what is right. I am proud to be Ngati Rongomaiwahine – mental health work and advocacy runs in my family. I may not have years of political experience to draw from but I do have years of experience in state care and the public mental health system which have shaped my political beliefs. My studies in postgraduate psychology reinforce the importance of freedom of choice to human flourishing.
Party list rank
17
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Clerk for a local small business
Place of residence
Enderley
Age
21
Rimu Bhooi
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Future-proof our infrastructure, industries and communities as we transition to a thriving and fair carbon-zero society. Prioritise well being and harm reduction through adequate funding of all services so that we can all live with dignity. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our unique natural areas, and care for the whenua.
Why I’m running
I've experienced first-hand the broken systems of Aotearoa. I've had to fight to access the basics: healthcare, housing and education. I'm running to better represent my communities in parliament; the life long renters, the struggling students and the people rising up to fight the status quo. The Greens know Aotearoa and its people can thrive when we have the right support, and I'm prepared to voice our needs, your needs, and get the ball rolling.
About me
I have a history of volunteering and activism, and bring a huge range of lived experiences to any table, from supporting indigenous sovereignty and climate justice movements, to leadership roles in my communities. I've been a minimum wage worker for retail, customer service, hospo, and managed campaigns and advised on social media. As a queer, disabled young woman of colour, I know that the system is built against us. I'm here to enact as much change as I possibly can; for all of us.
Party list rank
27
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Tertiary student
Place of residence
Hamilton East
Age
20
Jamie Strange
List MP
My local priorities
Continue the economic growth we have seen over the past three years, in a smart, sustainable manner. Support the Covid-19 health response. Support the Covid-19 economic recovery.
Why I’m running
I am proud to be part of a Labour Party that stands for aspiration, opportunity, and helping hard-working kiwis get ahead. I am a married father of four, and a former school teacher and church minister. Living in Chartwell, I am an active member of the Hamilton East community. My family and I enjoy being out and about on weekends, visiting Hamilton's many parks, river cycle ways, and playing sports.
About me
Key achievements over the past three years: nationwide polytechnic headquarters in Hamilton $70m; Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service (starting November 2020). $1b completion of the Waikato Expressway between Hamilton and Auckland; Criminal Cases Review Commission headquarters in Hamilton; $310m 10,000-house Peacocke housing development infrastructure; $12m 1300-seat Waikato Regional Theatre; $100m new mental health facility at Waikato Hospital; $16m roading investment to unlock Ruakura Inland Port.
Party list rank
40
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
2nd in Hamilton East
Before politics
Intermediate school music teacher
Place of residence
Chartwell
Age
44
Destry Murphy
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Family protection and safety: where every person feels safe and is safe within their community. Housing: where everyone should have the opportunity to own their own home. Poverty: where we will give people a hand-up not a hand-out.
Why I’m running
I disagree with the horrific Abortion Legislation Act of 2020 – one of the most extreme abortion laws in the world – and stand to repeal it. I am against the laws the current government have passed and will fight to protect unborn babies. Where the human rights of the baby in the womb are not considered; where late term abortions up to birth are legal and where there is no born-alive provision. It's time to empower people and families more than politicians.
About me
Born and raised in Enderley in the Hamilton East Electorate. Very passionate about seeing people and families prospering, with a focus to protect family values.
Party list rank
2
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Iwi liaison officer, Waikato police
Place of residence
Dinsdale, Hamilton
Age
51
Stu Husband
Not currently in parliament
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Party list rank
16
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2017 electorate result
Did not stand
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Matt Coleman
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Unite our local community and work together to find the changes we need to live happier together! Help enrol and correctly inform a majority of local welfare clients, to help make an informed vote in the election. Provide an alternative, modern and hands on Member of Parliament that correctly represents an ever-changing Hamilton.
Why I’m running
My goal is to build up New Zealand from the bottom levels of society and upwards. Starting with my local community, where changes are critical in these concerning times. A fresh revision of current planning for our community and an inspirational proposal to combat undue unemployment. A strong country starts with a strong structure, so revising what our needs are, we can see the direction for our community during times of fear. Inspiration & unity is the attitude needed to succeed together!
About me
I have resided in Hamilton for approximately eight years and have seen the changes that have, and have not happened; the outcomes of folly government decisions and some of the most puzzling waste of local budgeting I have ever seen in such a diverse city. This year I wish to raise awareness for those who are vulnerable and do not clearly understand the importance of voting, enrolling to do so and what exactly they will be voting for.
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Before politics
Dairy farming
Place of residence
Rototuna North
Age
32
Siggi Henry
Not currently in parliament
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27
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Julie Manders
Not currently in parliament
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Jack Gielen
Not currently in parliament
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2017 electorate result
6th in Hamilton East
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