Rongotai electorate

Rongotai is currently represented by Labour's Paul Eagle, who won safely with a margin of 10,900. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Rongotai's party votes – 44% to National's 28%. Established in 1996, the electorate has always elected a Labour MP. Rongotai includes Rēkohu (also known as Wharekauri or the Chatham Islands).

Taylor Arneil
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Ensure the construction of a second tunnel is properly investigated, costed and undertaken with Rongotai's full support. Ensure that infrastructure is developed and maintained to meet future growth and residential demands in the electorate. Oppose any form of 'wealth tax' that will effect the asset rich but cash poor such as the middle class and elderly.
Why I’m running
I am standing for election because this is a election that will determine how we all fair in the coming decade. Before Covid-19 we were starting to fix some of the problems in society and now it threatens to undo all of our hard work. One side wants to implement crippling austerity, while the other wants to spend. I believe we need to put New Zealand first and ensure that we achieve equitable results across all levels of society and we not leave people in need and New Zealand First will do that.
About me
I have lived across three countries in my life. The UK, Australia and here in New Zealand. I had the privilege of being able to travel early in life where I witnessed many hardships, attitudes and cultures. Witnessing the treatment of and attitudes towards certain segments of society in those nations had a profound impact on me. My masters taught me to always research, listen to the other side, look at the consequences of policy and ensure that what you do, you do to benefit everyone in society.
Party list rank
23
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Research assistant at Parliament
Place of residence
Thorndon
Age
25
Troy Mihaka
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Improve Recycling and Waste Management in Aotearoa New Zealand, concentrating on sensible and sustainable solutions. Continue the good work of our community towards ensuring the protection of our native flora and fauna. Get Wellington Moving with better transport initiatives and options for public transport, road, pedestrians and cycling.
Why I’m running
In the electorate of Rongotai, we have some very important initiatives already working towards improvements in our environment. My focus is, and has always been, protecting Aotearoa New Zealand's native environment and taonga species. Our native plants and animals are disappearing at an alarming rate. I stand for representation of those who do not see themselves amongst our leaders. As takatāpui, it is important for me to see role models working in partnership with our community.
About me
I have spent much of my life as a volunteer in conservation. Most recently working with the Zealandia Ecological Sanctuary, where I assist visitors and locals alike to learn more about conservation efforts here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Working with people has been my life. I have spent almost 20 years in management of small businesses and community agencies. I have managed teams large and small, always with the goal of improving working conditions and work-life balance for those with whom I work.
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2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Arts manager at BATS Theatre
Place of residence
Mount Victoria
Age
35
Geoff Simmons
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Provide more active and public transport options to so that people don't need to use a car, and help reduce emissions. Allow more high density housing around those public and active transport routes to bring down the cost of housing. A Universal Basic Income of $250 per week for everyone, no questions asked.
Why I’m running
Like most Kiwis I believe in making sure everyone gets a fair go – equality of opportunity. However I don't think this is happening at the moment. The cost of housing and rent is out of control. This is choking our businesses and worsening child poverty. We are also leaving future generations with serious environmental problems like climate change. To give current and future generations a fair go, we need real change. Only TOP has the courage, skills and ideas to make that change.
About me
I am an economist. I've worked for Treasury, run my own business and worked overseas. I have spent my career as searching for solutions to New Zealand's biggest problems, only to watch politicians throwing those solutions in the too hard basket. So I figured if you can't beat them, join them. After all, the only way to be less popular than an economist is by becoming a politician.
Party list rank
1
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
4th in Wellington Central
Before politics
Economist
Place of residence
Mount Cook, Wellington
Age
45
Don McDonald
Not currently in parliament
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Nicole McKee
Not currently in parliament
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3
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Teall Crossen
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Transform our transport system to reduce climate pollution and make it safer, quicker and easier get around. Build more state houses that are solar powered and energy efficient because everyone needs a warm, dry home. Support jobs for nature, to help provide local employment while protecting our streams, parks and marine life.
Why I’m running
I want Aotearoa to be a leader on climate change and environmental justice. My legal and diplomatic experience will make me an effective member of parliament. The next term of parliament will see an overhaul of the RMA, and I want to use my legal skills to ensure our environmental laws protect nature in partnership with iwi and hapū and provide a voice for local communities.
About me
I am an environmental lawyer with over two decades of experience advocating for the environment and people in Aotearoa and overseas. I have taken mining companies to court to protect endangered species, been arrested for protesting a coal-fired power station, lobbied countries at the United Nations to recognise climate change as a threat to international peace and security, and I have recently written a book on climate justice and the Pacific.
Party list rank
12
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Environmental lawyer
Place of residence
Berhampore
Age
44
Paul Eagle
MP for Rongotai
My local priorities
Continue to work hard for Rongotai jobs and businesses as we recover from Covid-19. Advocate for infrastructure improving transport and the environment, including addressing impacts of climate change. Increase affordable housing and dry, warm, safe public and rental housing for Rongotai whanau.
Why I’m running
It's been a privilege to serve the diverse communities of Wellington's eastern and southern suburbs and Chatham Islands. I'm proud of what I've achieved, particularly in supporting hundreds of locals with issues such as immigration, housing, the environment and ensuring the Chatham's airport is extended, better broadband and renewable energy. I will continue to advocate for Rongotai and help implement Labour's plans to rebuild our post-Covid economy to create a better future for everyone.
About me
I grew up and live in Rongotai. This part of Wellington is in my blood. I'm known for being visible, accessible, approachable, and a strong advocate on issues that matter to our communities. I was a city councillor for South Wellington and deputy mayor before parliament – this experience bridging government, businesses and communities has been critical in my MP role representing Rongotai's interests. I'm proud to stand in a Labour team that puts people at the heart of our recovery and rebuild.
Party list rank
47
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
Won Rongotai
Before politics
Wellington's deputy mayor
Place of residence
Island Bay
Age
48
David Patterson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Second Mt Victoria tunnel and no-nonsense road network and transport system for eastern /southern suburbs. Government co-investment with council in water and sewerage systems. More affordable housing, achieved in part by Government co-investment with council in new housing infrastructure.
Why I’m running
I am fully committed to a vibrant secure future for my family and all families in NZ and I intend to make a difference. My goals in Parliament are: one, to help NZ through crisis and ensure sensible decisions are made and my sons' and others futures are not mortgaged by excessive debt now for poor return; two, to ensure quality infrastructure and housing is delivered to meet demand; three, to ensure NZ's tax system is reformed fairly; four, move NZ to a country that delivers equal opportunity for all.
About me
I am a Wellingtonian and have lived here all my life (excepting a 6 year period in US/ France). I have a 35 year track record of delivering results for clients as one of NZ's top commercial/tax lawyers. I have 16 years experience chairing the policy arm of the National Party (volunteer role), 13 years working closely with Sir Bill English. I have a track record of delivering for our community in volunteer roles as Chair Tennis NZ, Fulbright NZ, Wellington Tennis and pro bono legal work.
Party list rank
48
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Partner at Chapman Tripp
Place of residence
Wadestown
Age
60
Bruce Welsh
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Work with the city council and other parties to get a second Mt Victoria tunnel to ease transport across the city. Advocate for support structures for homeless and beggars to give them a useful purpose. Advocate to ease the regulatory hurdles to building houses to make more housing available.
Why I’m running
I don't really want to be a politician or go to parliament but after seeing the family unit (the basic building block of our society) attacked, I feel it is time to stand up and say something. I am here to be a voice for the ordinary people and families, to speak from a practical, solution focused viewpoint and encourage the community.
About me
I have lived, worked and raised a family of 5 with my wife in Kilbirnie for over 30 years. I am an architect and run my own business, employing 10 people. I have been involved establishing and leading the Kilbirnie Business Network, coaching football and maths and have written a book on problem solving.
Party list rank
17
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
6th in Rongotai
Before politics
Architect
Place of residence
Kilbirnie
Age
59

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