Ōhāriu electorate

Ōhāriu is currently represented by Labour's Greg O'Connor, who won narrowly with a margin of 1,051 – one of the smallest margins in the country. In 2017, National won the largest share of Ōhāriu's party votes – 45% to Labour's 35%. From 1984 until 2017 the area was represented by Peter Dunne, a former Labour MP, independent, and most recently, leader of UnitedFuture until his retirement in 2017.

Brett Hudson
List MP
My local priorities
Deliver the Petone to Grenada Link Road to improve resilience, productivity and to open up housing development. Advocate for a ground-up review of school infrastructure, particularly north of Johnsonville, our fastest growing area. Oppose the move of Newlands Fire Station and Brigade out of Newlands.
Why I’m running
I want New Zealand to be an even better place and to see Kiwis achieve their ambitions. I'm committed to helping people, businesses and community groups across Ōhāriu. Whether it's national-level issues such as jobs and incomes, health, housing, education and public safety, or local concerns such as transport, infrastructure to support a growing city and retaining community services, I'm committed to helping people across Ōhāriu live the lives they want for themselves and their families.
About me
I grew up in Porirua in the '70s and '80s. I left Victoria University with a degree in history and psychology and then spent twenty years working in the Information and Communication Technology industry. I have enormous confidence in how technology can improve productivity and lives in New Zealand. As important as national-level policy-making is, as an MP for the past six years, I've learned how important the role of supporting individuals, families and businesses in our communities is.
Party list rank
36
First entered parliament
2014
2017 electorate result
2nd in Ōhāriu
Before politics
ICT sales
Place of residence
Khandallah
Age
52
Philip Lynch
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
5th in Rimutaka
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
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Liam Walsh
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Representation for non voters and provide a None Of The Above (NOT A (party)) option for those who feel obliged to vote. A future where we can all live how we want to live without being harassed by the state. Just have a bloody good laugh at the expense of those who take all this business far too seriously.
Why I’m running
Honestly, I'm not really running, at absolute most I'm taking a leisurely stroll for election. I believe that successive governments have failed us miserably and do not deserve our votes or our attention. There must be a better way to do things and once we've stopped acknowledging that hive full of people telling us what we can't do we might be able to start working together to figure out what that way is.
About me
I will not be voting, not for myself and not for anyone else, I encourage them to do the same. I believe that non-votes should be counted, abstention is a powerful message that one would rather not be governed or that none of the current options deserve to be supported. Currently a huge chunk of enrolled voters (over 20 percent at the last election) are totally ignored because they choose not to elect anyone. I am here to represent them by doing absolutely nothing and letting them live their lives.
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
Ngaio
Age
32
Tracey Martin
List MP
My local priorities
Open an electorate office to fulfil the main purpose of an MP which is to assist constituents. Work with local government representatives ensuring the consequences from Covid for Ōhāriu are known and addressed. Address Johnsonville Mall and Newlands Fire Station with local government and central government partnerships.
Why I’m running
Giving back to the community was the social contract I was raised with – as a nation and community we support our neighbours when they need it. This notion of helping each other is what shone through during the recent lockdown. I hold a particular passion for education and families, and for the health and well-being of those at each end of the age spectrum, children and seniors. I believe in strong policy created from the ground up to ensure practical delivery.
About me
I moved into Ōhāriu earlier this year and spend most of my weeks in Ngaio. Married to winemaker Ben, with three adult children, I am a Minister in the coalition Government and List MP for New Zealand First. I have had a diverse range of spokesperson responsibilities such as youth, women and family issues, research, science and technology, education, communications and IT, broadcasting, arts, culture and heritage, community and volunteer, disability issues and ethnic affairs.
Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
2011
2017 electorate result
3rd in Rodney
Before politics
Stay-at-home parent
Place of residence
Ngaio
Age
56
Allan Cawood
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
To bring back sound Christian principles into the government of Aotearoa New Zealand. To stand for best interests of the children of New Zealand and to be their voice. To work with skilled economists, primary industry and business owners to rebuild the economy of New Zealand.
Why I’m running
Why I'm standing – I'm a proud New Zealander and I'm standing as a candidate for the One Party in the Ōhāriu electorate. I am putting my hand up to stand for righteousness, justice, truth and freedom for all New Zealanders. I will be key in re-aligning New Zealand's governmental principles back to those originally established by our Christian founding fathers.
About me
My wife and I have been happily married for 41 years. With two married daughters and four amazing grandchildren. I have held various international business management positions. These have been in the private and public sectors. I've served on the leadership of a Christian ministry for seven years and I've ministered locally and overseas. I am passionate about the Lord Jesus Christ and believe I have the experience, skills and tenacity to make a positive difference to benefit all New Zealanders.
Party list rank
6
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Procurement manager
Place of residence
Aotea, Porirua
Age
63

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Jessica Hammond
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Implement a universal basic income of $250 for everyone aged 18-65 and $40 for every child. Make housing affordable by removing the tax loophole that fuels property speculation and addressing supply constraints. Support a climate-friendly recovery from Covid, making homes energy efficient and encouraging EVs and bikes.
Why I’m running
I believe everyone should have a chance at a good life. We should be able to hope for better than 3 more years of things being slightly less terrible. I want you to hold politicians to a higher standard. I want a parliament where our representatives listen to experts in science, economics and education – not just in PR. Where the measure of a policy is whether it improves the wellbeing of people and the environment, not whether it can be expressed in a soundbite (she says, in a tidy soundbite).
About me
I've advised government ministers as a public servant for 16 years. I know what makes a good policy and what works in practice. I have qualifications in economics, psychology and philosophy. My speciality is applied ethics. I'm a mum of two with strong connections to my community and a track record of volunteer work. I want to do what I can to leave this world in a better state than I found it. This is a tough time to have a such a mission for one's life, but I intend to try.
Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
3rd in Ōhāriu
Before politics
Senior policy advisor
Place of residence
Khandallah
Age
41
Sean Fitzpatrick
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
29
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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Jolene Smith
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
I feel strongly that we need better resources to support our people for a bright future for New Zealand.
About me
I studied psychology and criminology, with the goal of working in a field where I could help people. During my study I did voluntary work in child protection and domestic violence cases over a two year period. I completed my degree and went on to work in mental health. Over the last three years I have stayed at home to raise my two children and involved myself in my local playcentre. Concern about the future of New Zealand has brought me into the political arena.
Party list rank
32
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
Lower Hutt
Age
34

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John Ranta
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Fix transport so we can get in and out of the city, lessen commuter traffic pressure, and decrease our carbon emissions. Protect our native species and increase access to green spaces because we value that about life in our electorate. Grow sensibly and sustainably, we need more affordable, quality housing that meets the needs of people and the planet.
Why I’m running
I need to be able to look my daughters in the eye and say we did our best to leave them a planet and society that's worth bringing their own children into.
About me
I am running as a candidate for the Green party asking you to party vote Green. A party vote for the Greens is a vote to go further and faster protecting our planet and supporting our communities. It's a vote to do everything in our power to stop and reverse climate change, to protect our unique wildlife and landscape, and ensure everyone has access to what they need to live a good life. Party vote Green on September 19.
Party list rank
16
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
IT small business owner
Place of residence
Wadestown
Age
46

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Greg O'Connor
MP for Ōhāriu
My local priorities
Ensure there is sufficient housing for first home buyers and those wanting to downsize and stay in Ōhāriu. Ensure the development of the Johnsonville shopping centre occurs. Ensure the growing educational needs of the electorate are met.
Why I’m running
My previous profession allowed me to spend time and experience different governments around the world. It made me appreciate what we have in New Zealand and gave me the determination to preserve it.
About me
I have lived in different parts of the electorate over many years as I do now. I enjoy using my 40 years of police experience to learn who the key players are in the electorate and what matters to people.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
Won Ōhāriu
Before politics
New Zealand Police
Place of residence
Ōhāriu Valley
Age
62

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