Rotorua electorate

Rotorua is currently represented by National's Todd McClay, who won comfortably with a margin of 7,901. In 2017, National won the largest share of Rotorua's party votes – 48% to Labour's 32%. With the exception of the three terms of the fifth Labour government, the seat has been held by a National MP since 1960.

Fletcher Tabuteau
List MP
My local priorities
Continue to invest in infrastructure and shovel ready projects to create jobs, jobs, jobs. Make sure private developers can build more homes, whilst making the resourcing consent side easier and cheaper. Support our local industries, particularly value add, such as wood processing.
Why I’m running
I ran for parliament to help address inequality in NZ. I am running again because despite having achieved so much there is more to do. I joined New Zealand First in order to do this because we are not driven by ideology, rather we focus on common sense solutions.
About me
I was born and raised in Rotorua and it is where I choose to raise my children. I was a high school teacher in Rotorua for ten years and then head of faculty at the business school at Waiariki. I taught and lectured in business, marketing and economics. I have had many leadership roles in different types of business and was proudly a NZ business mentor for over a decade. In the last term I was the Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade and Regional Economic Development.
Party list rank
2
First entered parliament
2014
2017 electorate result
3rd in Rotorua
Before politics
Head of faculty – business
Place of residence
Hamurana
Age
44
Karri-Ann Vercoe
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Education: reintroduce Bible in schools, and a multi-lens approach to teaching NZ history to foster understanding. Environment: explore other means to reduce pest control other than 1080 that could potentially create jobs for locals. Affordable homes: create a think tank with local iwi and businesses around affordable housing for Kiwis and homeless.
Why I’m running
Aotearoa NZ, the land of the 'long white cloud', has been a safe haven for many people that call NZ home. This is due to the mantel of Jesus over our democratic legal system established on righteousness, justice, truth and promising freedom for all. These democratic rights have been stripped by our present government. Remove Jesus, remove democracy. I stand because ungodly laws persist and the most vulnerable are at risk. Your vote will be your voice for justice at this years election.
About me
I've lived within the Rotorua district most of my life. My dad was a former principal at Saint Marys primary school. My late husband was a former Rotorua principal also. We raised our five children here up until he was tragically taken 11 years ago. As a teacher, I am passionate about education that can help our children, and nation, heal and thrive. I understand the barriers of being a single hard working parent and believe further support needs to be given to working families to prosper.
Party list rank
5
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Lecturer: teacher educator
Place of residence
Springfield, Rotorua
Age
49

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Pete Kirkwood
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
42
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
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Kiri Ward
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Bring transparency and accountability to our local council to give the people of Rotorua a voice Break the shackles of mental slavery in our community more notably, our rangatahi to unlock their true potential. Create jobs locally to impact on our housing shortage, mental wellbeing and quality of life.
Why I’m running
As a young mother I often think of what the future will look like for my children. Slowly, even over the last 5 years, I can seen my vision of the future being threatened from the top down as we have seen governing bodies are no longer working in service of the people. So, with Billy presenting a very real opportunity for New Zealanders to get involved and make a change, I decided to put myself at the table to have a say in the direction our country is heading, for future generations to thrive.
About me
During my time in the workforce I naturally gravitated toward roles that were in service to people, be that customer service or caregiving for the elderly and disabled in their homes just to name a few. More recently I have been assisting a group of w?hine I am a part of, to empower others by strengthening individuals holistically. I continue to uplift our communities from a grass roots level and see this candidacy position as an extension of the mahi that I have been doing on a larger scale.
Party list rank
13
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Mother
Place of residence
Western Heights
Age
28
Kaya Sparke
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
19
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
Claire Mahon
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Support job retention and creation, continue the work to keep people safe, and to protect jobs and wages. Prioritise housing, address homeless, unaffordability, through more state houses, transitional housing, home ownership. Invest in our people and infrastructure to build economic recovery, prioritise wellbeing, address inequality.
Why I’m running
I'm passionate about Rotorua and its people. Throughout my lifetime I've seen inequality worsen throughout our district, and I want to address this. With Jacinda Ardern's leadership, I see a shift towards leading not only with kindness but with a desire to leave no one behind, and that's something I want for our region. I want to see the people of Rotorua thrive and prosper, and for this to happen we need a strong advocate fighting for what our people need.
About me
I bring more than 20 years experience in policy and law-making to the role. I'm an internationally award-winning former human rights lawyer and have run a consulting firm advising governments and world leaders on housing, health, education, food and work. I've experienced homelessness, and being unable to work, and so I know what it's like to be struggling. I have a deep passion for Rotorua and our people, and I want to make sure we get what we need to thrive and prosper.
Party list rank
74
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
International human rights lawyer
Place of residence
Rotorua Central
Age
43
Todd McClay
MP for Rotorua
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
6
First entered parliament
2008
2017 electorate result
Won Rotorua
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given

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Alan Tāne Solomon
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Reform NZ's tax structure. The 1st $20k tax-free and introduce income splitting. On average, $2.5k-$5k less tax. Recognise that housing availability, affordability and quality all need to be addressed on multiple fronts. Value children and youth, recognising the vital role parents play in their decision making. Parents not the state.
Why I’m running
What we are seeing today is a radical leftist government rapidly shifting our country towards socialism. Venezuela was one of the richest countries in South America and a socialist government destroyed it within 10 years. I don't see anyone wanting to move to Venezuela. I believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional family values and a strong national identity. I will always advocate for our people, our sovereignty and our democracy.
About me
I served as a physical training instructor in the Royal NZ Air Force and I have travelled to more than 40 countries. Devoting 20 years to working in leadership and personal development, I found success as a regional and national award-winning sales and marketing consultant. I then went back to school to become a journalist working for three years in local television. The next natural progression were governance roles in which I founded a charitable trust dedicated to developing young leaders.
Party list rank
8
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Coach/tutor
Place of residence
Rotorua
Age
42

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