Remutaka electorate

Remutaka (formerly Rimutaka) is currently represented by Labour's Chris Hipkins, who won comfortably with a margin of 8,609. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Rimutaka's votes – 44% to National's 39% – and has held the seat since its establishment in 1996. The seat was renamed for the Remutaka Ranges, which were renamed in the 2016 Treaty settlement between the Crown, Rangitāne o Wairarapa and Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairarapa Tāmaki Nui-ā-Rua.

Talani Meikle
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Advocate for business-led, government-enabled solutions to infrastructure projects like the NZCIS. Upper Hutt needs more reliable train services for the thousands who commute to Wellington everyday. Ensure there is the right amount and type of mental health services for the community.
Why I’m running
I am running for election, for a second time, because of my strong belief in the common sense and practical approach New Zealand First bring to central government. New Zealand First have proven to be a stable and constructive coalition partner when New Zealand has needed stability more than ever. I believe that I have the aptitude, experience and skills required to be a productive and effective member of parliament for New Zealand First and look forward to this opportunity.
About me
As the former owner of one of Remutaka's most well-loved cafes, my connection to the electorate goes well beyond just living here. Being in business is hard but rewarding work that takes strong and stable leadership. Being the eldest of a large family meant my leadership abilities developed at a very young age and have meant that I have never shied away from a challenge. I am a keen gardener who is passionate about my family and making a valuable contribution to my country.
Party list rank
8
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
4th in Rimutaka
Before politics
Ministerial advisor
Place of residence
Wallaceville, Upper Hutt
Age
39
Frank Eijgenraam
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Supporting vibrant communities where people of all ages, ethnicities and social-economic backgrounds feel safe and valued. Relief of tax burdens and red tape for small and medium businesses, as they are the motor of the economy! Free full-time early childhood education form the age of three, and all can enjoy clean air, clean water and clean soil!
Why I’m running
My motto is 'working for you!' As a counsellor I listen to the real needs of the people I am working with. As your representative in parliament I will be listening carefully to you and the needs of the communities in Naenae, Avalon, Taita, Stokes Valley, Silverstream, the diverse suburbs of Upper Hutt, the Blue Mountains community and the Whitemans, Mangaroa and Akatawara valleys.
About me
Born in Wellington and of Dutch descent, I was an editor in the Netherlands of a national business weekly supporting small and medium business. Over the last 30 years I have been strengthening families across Aotearoa New Zealand. Living in Naenae since 2002, I am a professional counsellor supporting families, children and young people in Naenae and Upper Hutt, together with my wife Rosemary.
Party list rank
8
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Professional counsellor / editor
Place of residence
Naenae
Age
55
Grae O'Sullivan
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
16
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
6th in Rimutaka
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
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Michael Stace
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Rewrite the government's constitution so that the government in power can no longer be a parliamentary dictatorship. Write a people's constitution so that the people are finally represented. Write a real Bill of Rights, one that is not invalidated by Section 4 of the Bill of Rights Act (1990).
Why I’m running
As someone who never intended to become a politician, my purpose and goal in entering Parliament is to bring clarity and transparency to all government processes, ensuring policies and legislation do not disadvantage society and actually work as intended for the good of all New Zealand.
About me
Originally from Los Angeles, California. I have been in New Zealand for nearly 19 years and am a citizen. Over the last 30 years, I have worked as an intelligence analyst and private investigator in the field of corporate forensics. My speciality is analysing documents and data, such as policy, procedure, and laws. I look for inconsistencies and opportunities in the areas of government policy and legislation.
Party list rank
4
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Private investigator
Place of residence
Maoribank/Upper Hutt
Age
55

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Chris Norton
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land. 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.
Why I’m running
Covid-19 changed everything. It's the latest of ever more humans breaking the natural world, and it spread fast. We reacted fast. But it is past time for fast action on the climate crisis. With Greens in government there was finally real climate action. I believe A-NZ is well placed to protect our planet, people, and living taonga. But we need progressive, intentional leadership with plans for what we face, and the goals of healthy nature, fairer communities and a clean economy. I support that.
About me
I've lived in Naenae and worked at WelTec for nearly a decade. I have been on climate marches, campaigns against so-called free trade deals, run for Hutt City Council, made submissions to council and parliament on the need for robust climate action, and regularly use public transport. I am a predator trapper, and a regular litter-picker-upper: I've logged 33k+ pieces from the Hutt in 1 year; yes, our rubbish is a problem! I believe everything we do to help our natural world makes a difference.
Party list rank
36
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Senior advisor at WelTec/Whitireia
Place of residence
Naenae, Lower Hutt
Age
51

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Chris Hipkins
MP for Rimutaka
My local priorities
Progress upgrade work for our local schools and the Hutt Hospital. Support local projects that will create jobs like the Naenae Pool rebuild, the sports academy at the old CIT. Upgrade local transport infrastructure including double tracking the train line, upgrading SH58 and rebuilding Melling.
Why I’m running
I'm running for re-election to parliament because I believe that every New Zealander deserves the opportunity to fulfil their full potential in life and I believe that government has a role in making sure they get it. I'm passionate about quality public services like health and education. I want my kids to grow up in a country that values and celebrates diversity, fosters an culture of caring and respect for one another, and safeguards the future.
About me
I have a proven track record as an effective and active local member of parliament. I've served as a senior Minister on the current government as Minister of Education, Minister of State Services, Leader of the House and most recently as Minister of Health.
Party list rank
6
First entered parliament
2008
2017 electorate result
Won Rimutaka
Before politics
Public servant / policy advisor
Place of residence
Upper Hutt
Age
42
Mark Crofskey
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Four-lane the River Rd – from Silverstream to Whakatiki St – and replace Moonshine Bridge, four lanes to Te Marua to follow. Reduce regulation and red-tape and work to move costs for local infrastructure (e.g. water) onto a sustainable funding basis. Work to promote business growth – and oppose tax increases on the people and businesses of Remutaka to support them.
Why I’m running
NZ and Remutaka are great places and deserve a National government equipped to deal with the economic challenges ahead. I grew up here during the recessions of the '80s and '90s and I'm standing because I want us all to have the services and work and business opportunities that only a strong economy can deliver. I back the people of Remutaka to deliver that. I want to help and I am backing National to deliver the infrastructure and policies needed to support us all and their businesses.
About me
I grew up, went to school and uni from the electorate. I am on the board of my old school, sponsor local sports teams and have been working full-time in Remutaka since December 2019. My first job and business was here and my first law job was working for an Upper Hutt lawyer. My background is in law and business: both here and abroad and I have been both a partner of a major international law firm and the world's largest professional services firm. Like many of you family is my #1 priority.
Party list rank
56
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Partner at PWC
Place of residence
Wadestown
Age
45
Hank Optland
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
See democracy enhanced and families strengthened. Efficiency in government spending. Lower personal taxation.
Why I’m running
I believe that New Zealand as a nation is built up by strong families and democratic. The New Conservative focus on strong families, free speech, lower personal taxation, the value of human life, a reduction in state regulations, the emphasis on New Zealand's sovereignty, efficiency in government spending and a greater attention to genuine democracy are all values that I stand for and support.
About me
I have trained apprentices, taught at a polytechnic and a university, and am currently employed as a teacher of secondary classes where I mix with teenagers daily, hearing their concerns, hopes and aspirations. I have worked for the New South Wales and New Zealand governments, as well as in private industries, and have operated several of my own businesses. A reduction in 'red tape' is a must, in order that small firms may blossom in New Zealand, particularly family-owned businesses and farms.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Educator and company director
Place of residence
Wellington region
Age
62

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