Ilam electorate

Ilam is currently represented by National's Gerry Brownlee, who won comfortably with a margin of 8,256. In 2017, National won the largest share of Ilam's votes – 53% to Labour's 31%. Brownlee has held the seat since its establishment in 1996. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate now includes areas around McLeans Island and Avonhead.

Gerry Brownlee
MP for Ilam
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
2
First entered parliament
1996
2017 electorate result
Won Ilam
Before politics
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Place of residence
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Age
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Heidi Jensen-Warren
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Encourage the development of nature based education in schools and kindergarten, promote social-emotional health. Advocate and employ improved safety standards/ traffic design around schools and playgrounds. Improve environmental health in our community: better EMR/RF regulations, water quality, insect friendly edible gardens.
Why I’m running
I believe we need a healthier democracy. We need people in parliament who are willing to stand up for the people and advocate fully for our communities. Our education system is not fully serving our students or teachers. Politicians need to be more than corporate mouthpieces. Whether we talk about mental health, the environment, human rights, education, health, economic growth we will find a solid foundation in our grassroots. I am here to help NZ thrive not just survive.
About me
Canterbury has been my home for many years and I have strong ties to Ilam. My family is multi-cultural, I have been part of the NZ-Nepalese community for some years. I believe Ilam is strengthened by its diversity. I am a qualified teacher. I am known for my charity work. I want to be a voice for youth and children, promote wellbeing and health, invest in culture and the arts, advocate for localism and environmental issues.
Party list rank
6
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Teacher
Place of residence
Strowan
Age
41
Simon Walmisley
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Work to strengthen families to enable them to better provide their children with the best opportunities and outcomes. Make Citizens Initiated Referendums binding to allow NZers to engage in political decision making between elections. Uphold freedom of speech; so all can deliver, hear and engage in robust debate, to make properly informed decisions.
Why I’m running
New Zealand has been where I have grown up, made a family and become all that makes me me. I am greatly blessed to have done so in this place. Over the past few years I have become concerned about some of the directions we seem to be moving in as a nation; concerned enough to want to do something to preserve the things I see us losing that were of such value to me when I was younger. The significance of family and the freedoms I enjoyed are being eroded. I want them to be important again.
About me
Born in England, I came to NZ when I was 4 and have lived here ever since. I attended school and university in Christchurch, I was also married and have had all my children here too. I have at various times been self employed, a business owner and worked for 15 years as a teacher. I also manage several companies. I will bring my practical experience and knowledge to my role if elected and use these skills to do my best to support New Conservative, and implement their policies where possible.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Small business owner
Place of residence
Ilam, Christchurch
Age
51
David Bennett
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Eradicate poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
I want to help the Green Party get back into government as a coalition partner with Labour. I believe New Zealand needs to move further, faster to rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society.
About me
I have lived in Canterbury since 1996 and have been an active member of the community in a range of roles. I have a wealth of business experience both in New Zealand and overseas. I have also had leadership and volunteer roles in community organisations.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Leadership coach and facilitator
Place of residence
Lyttelton
Age
53

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Sarah Pallett
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Continue to improve access to mental health support for Cantabrians, who have experienced a uniquely challenging time. Support fees-free for students and address inequities in student allowance, to reduce barriers to education. Tackle housing issues in the electorate, continuing to increase social housing and improve standards of rentals.
Why I’m running
Passionate about supporting fairness and equality, I am committed to a society where everyone has the same opportunities irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or background. I have always worked tirelessly to champion these ideals in every role I've held, whether as a union leader, midwife, or lecturer. This aim can best be achieved for the largest number of people by having members of parliament who are strong, hard-working people, dedicated to positive change. People, in fact, like me.
About me
I am a practicing midwife and midwifery lecturer, and have first hand knowledge of both the education and health systems. As union president for the past three years, I have worked hard to defend the rights of members, whilst building constructive, mutually respectful relationships with the employer. A member of the Labour party since 2016, I started the Canterbury Labour women's branch, which I chair, and was elected as co-chair of Labour women's council, a role I have held since 2018.
Party list rank
62
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Midwifery lecturer
Place of residence
Strowan, Ilam Electorate
Age
53
Paul Gilbert
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Re-introduce the plans for a local charter school the Labour/Green/NZ First coalition crushed. Reduce red tape for small business. Put more money into peoples pockets by reducing GST and tax.
Why I’m running
I believe in de-powering the government and empowering the individual.
About me
Rest assured there's going to be no shortage of politicians this election telling you how you should run your life, what's the best use for your hard-earned money. Where the borrowed billions should be best spent. This Ilam local isn't one of them. I want more money to go back into your household. Money through shop tills etc. For you to have more say in education and health. This will only happen by voting ACT.
Party list rank
33
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
5th in Ilam
Before politics
Business owner
Place of residence
Ilam
Age
60

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Toni Pengelly
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
18
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given

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