Invercargill electorate

Invercargill is currently represented by National's Sarah Dowie, who won comfortably with a margin of 5,579 and is not standing again. In 2017, National won the largest share of Invercargill's votes – 48% to Labour's 36%. Boundary changes have extended it into western Southland. Since the seat was established in 1866, it has changed hands 22 times between members of more than six parties.

Winsome Aroha
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Work with people affected by the potential closure of the Tiwai smelter. Retain employment in the area and lift the incomes of people on low incomes. Protect the harbour, coastline and ecosystem from pollution and exploitation.
Why I’m running
I view the current situation the country is in as a wonderful opportunity to do things differently, to put the focus on what is really good for people, not big (international) business, and good for our lakes, our rivers, our whenua. I want to help put in place an economic system that works for people not against people.
About me
I am a holistic GP who has worked largely as a locum in most parts of the country mainly in Hau Ora and Tangata Pasifika clinics. I have a long and deep commitment to health at the grass root level and a keen awareness of the effects of poverty and unemployment on health. I've had a lifelong interest in education and health and have spent many years providing voluntary tutoring for many disadvantaged youth and also for aspiring health professionals.
Party list rank
8
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
A doctor (GP)
Place of residence
Bluff
Age
No response given

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Josh Honiss
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Investigate options for plenty of jobs to create a strong economy. Oppose the Emission Trading Scheme, Zero Carbon Bill and Paris Accord to help farmers and businesses be more effective. Advocate for trade school for year 9s to help those who would learn better from a more hands-on approach.
Why I’m running
Covid-19 has left our economy in a shambles. I strongly desire to see more work opportunities especially if Tiwai closes. I would like to investigate and discuss ways to create work in the South. I'm excited about our tax policy on income splitting and making taxpayers first $20,000 tax free. I strongly believe that families are vital to our nation, providing security for our children and the future of our country. I want a NZ where my children can grow up with the freedoms that Kiwis uphold.
About me
My wife and I have two children and we call Southland home. Together we run a small building company. I am passionate about the outdoors, including hunting, rock climbing, boating and 4wding. I have worked alongside our refugee community, youth and children helping them to have hope. I believe that life is sacred, that we should protect our older citizens, some of whom have fought for democracy, and the unborn who have no voice. I believe all people are important, not a burden on our society.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Farm manager, business owner
Place of residence
Heidelberg, Invercargill
Age
27
Rochelle Francis
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
We all understand that nature needs our care now more than ever before. That's why I'm encouraging people to party vote Green and protect this Aotearoa that we all love and treasure. I'm motivated by love for my children and a desire, at the end of my life, to leave the world a little better than how I found it.
About me
I'm an enrolled barrister and solicitor and passionate advocate for vulnerable people. For a decade Invercargill has been home to me and my two children, and I have worked for a variety of private, public and community organisations in professional, voluntary and governance roles. I have a deep understanding of my community along with a genuine care and concern for its members.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Organic market gardener newbie
Place of residence
Glengarry, Invercargill
Age
37

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Liz Craig
List MP
My local priorities
Ensure a strong local economy and that Southland businesses continue to thrive in a post-Covid environment. Ensure Southland has enough social housing to meet our community's needs. Protect and restore our lakes, rivers and estuaries, and in particular Invercargill's New River Estuary.
Why I’m running
Before entering politics, I spent a decade monitoring the health of NZ's children. In that time I saw how years of underinvestment had played out in their lives. Thousands of children living in poverty and many hospitalized for poverty related diseases. I saw the same underinvestment impacting our region. Health services struggling with lack of funding, state houses sold off, and young people leaving for jobs elsewhere. I believed only an effective government could turn this situation around.
About me
My time as a child health advocate taught me achieving change is possible, but it takes hard work, a team approach and a clear vision of the task ahead. Since becoming a MP, I've met with thousands of Southlanders and in advocating for their needs, have come to appreciate the strength of our community and the importance of a government that invests in our region. Covid-19 means challenges lie ahead to protect people and rebuild our economy and I will continue to advocate strongly for our region.
Party list rank
41
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
2nd in Invercargill
Before politics
Public health doctor
Place of residence
Invercargill
Age
53
Basil Walker
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
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Age
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Jackie West
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Develop and strengthen Treaty relationships by localising New Zealand history from mana whenua. Increase social and mental health services to support students and teachers in Invercargill. Increase availability of housing in Invercargill. Address homelessness.
Why I’m running
The One party is a timely solution for anyone who feels conflicted by some of the laws that have been passed. This party is a strong Christian voice that champions Godly values and principles as a social reality as well as a political possibility. I am standing in the Invercargill electorate for One party because I have had a sense of conviction to be part of the change process. Gone are the days to vote left or right because of tradition. This election is about exercising common sense.
About me
I see the political platform as a natural progression of my experiences as an educational facilitator, conference presenter, public speaker and advocate. Some of the positions I have held are Tāmaki (Principal) of a Kura Kaupapa, cluster manager RTLB and national coordinator for NZRTLB Association. Currently I represent at regional and national levels of the teachers union PPTA. I enjoy the challenge of making something happen from sometimes nothing.
Party list rank
14
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
HOD Māori secondary school teacher
Place of residence
Invercargill
Age
50
Joshua Gunn
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Facilitate a 20-year electricity supply agreement for Tiwai, based on cost plus reasonable margin. Support the overhaul of the Resource Management and Building Acts to speed up housing crisis recovery. Reduce housing demand by reducing immigration from over 60,000 to 15,000 new immigrants per year.
Why I’m running
Here in the Invercargill electorate we enjoy a lot of what makes this country great. However, one thing that has increasingly disappointed me is the poor representation of the Invercargill electorate's interests in Wellington; with the abandonment of Tiwai Smelter by all other major political parties only the most recent example. NZ First values the regions, in the good times and bad. I'm proud to represent the party that gives the regions a voice and delivers investment through the PGF.
About me
Skin in the game', I am a small business owner, I invest my profits into the electorate, I am proud to call the electorate home. If the electorate does well then I do well, it's that simple. Too many electorates are represented by career public servants, who have never backed themselves in business and risked their own resources to contribute to and grow the economy. Our economic recovery needs leadership from those who have experience in growing prosperity not administering bureaucracy.
Party list rank
15
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Aircraft maintenance engineer
Place of residence
Glengarry
Age
39
Kurt Rohloff
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Look into a longer term closure of Tiwai, so the Invercargill electorate can prepare for the future. Look into the terrible suicide rate in Southland, which has one of the highest per capita rates in New Zealand. Look into the draconian Resource Management Act which is turning farmers into criminals.
Why I’m running
I am running for parliament in the 2020 election as the Advance NZ candidate because I am disillusioned with the direction the present government is taking us, from a democratic country we grew up in, with freedoms and personal sovereignty. I feel if I don't do something about the disillusionment of people in this country, then what may be left for my children. I don't want them left with a feeling of division, and reality of debt. Not even able to own their own home or have a job to pay for it.
About me
I am a born and bred Southlander and have I've lived in our community my whole life and have a wealth of experience in management in the retail, hospitality and food industry. Owning my own small businesses. at one stage, I'm not a politician, nor am I politically correct, but I'm genuine and a realist who cares for my family and Aotearoa, I have been interested in the geo-political landscape for the past 32 years. I have 2 Beautiful teenage daughters and enjoy the simple things in life.
Party list rank
54
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Retail manager
Place of residence
South Invercargill
Age
48
Zy Hayden
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
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Penny Simmonds
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
To fight for Tiwai aluminium smelter to remain operating. To correct the myth that Tiwai has been subsidized – it hasn't! To undo the legislation that created a mega merged Polytechnic entity and return Polytechnics to their communities. To ensure Southland roads and bridges are funded to provide a fit for purpose infrastructure for our primary sector.
Why I’m running
I have spent the last 23 years as Chief Executive of the Southern Institute of Technology where I have worked closely with the Invercargill and Southland communities and our iconic leaders like His Worship Sir Tim Shadbolt and Kaumatua Michael Skerrett to enhance the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of our people. I became increasingly frustrated with decisions being made in Wellington that were impacting negatively on the strategies we were embracing as a community to advance our region.
About me
I have spent 30-plus years in a variety of community leadership roles across a range of organisations in both paid and voluntary capacities including health board, museum board, Southland Disability Enterprise, Hockey Southland, Otago Southland Film Trust, Venture Southland, Community Trust South. In addition to these roles I have played, coached and undertaken administration roles for hockey at a club, provincial and national level. My husband and I have been farming for 36 years.
Party list rank
63
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Chief Executive SIT
Place of residence
Mabel Bush, Southland
Age
60

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