Southland electorate

Southland (formerly Clutha-Southland) is currently represented by National's Hamish Walker, who won safely with a margin of 14,354 and is not standing again in 2020. In 2017, National won the largest share of Clutha-Southland's votes – 59% to Labour's 24%. Boundary changes mean the electorate now includes the Alexandra and Clyde area, and no longer includes part of western Southland.

Judith Terrill
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Listen to the people of the Southland electorate to hear what their needs are for their community at this time. Advocate for the voice of the Southlander to be heard in parliament to bring about change where necessary. Promote and encourage tourism locally and nationally.
Why I’m running
I have a heart for Southland and it's surrounding areas. I was born in Winton and brought up on a farm just south of Winton. I care about rural Southland and the new inclusion of Alexandra, Clyde, Millers Flat and Roxbourgh. This area of our beautiful country has a lot going for it. I want to advocate for the people in the Southland electorate in parliament for their voices to be heard around the issues they face in everyday life.
About me
Having been a true blue Southlander being brought up with good morals and values and hard work. I now realise that these life qualities are missing in many areas of society. I believe every person is valuable and has something good to give to society if encouraged to do so. My work has been around social work, chaplaincy, fostering, prison work and pastoral care. Most of these roles have been voluntary work. I strive to see people succeed and reach their full potential.
Party list rank
15
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Foster parent recruitment officer
Place of residence
Strathern, Invercargill
Age
63

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Elisabeth Dacker
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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About me
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Party list rank
12
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Di
Before politics
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Place of residence
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Age
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Joel Rowlands
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Affordable housing: rent is too high and wages are too low, TOP has a plan to fix this. Medicinal cannabis: I'm passionate about the extreme benefits of cannabis and hemp products. Helping people with mental health issues: I lost my mother to suicide. The system let her down.
Why I’m running
I am passionate about the local community, mental health, the environment and animal welfare and I believe the future is TOP. I really enjoy helping people any way I can, especially those with mental health issues. After losing my mother a few years ago to depression/suicide, the system let her down, this is something very close to my heart and I can see this becoming a more widespread issue if the inequality between the haves and have-nots continues to grow.
About me
I have been looking into the skills it takes to get elected (being a great public speaker, looking like a politician, and having money are very different from the skills it takes to be an effective representative for the people). Having integrity, having work ethic, having lived in the real world and understanding real problems people face, being a great listener. I know I don't look like these other guys. But just think for a moment who Southland has elected to represent them in the past.
Party list rank
17
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Musician/screenprinter
Place of residence
Frankton
Age
35

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Robert Wilson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Repeal Covid-19 Act, rewrite protecting the vulnerable, end lockdowns and opening the borders for trade and tourism. Repeal Zero Carbon Act, RMA, and Fresh Water Management Plan. Rewrite last two in consultation with all affected parties. Bonfire of regulations and red tape, reduce taxes, Reserve Bank debt-free spending on infrastructure, no GST on basics.
Why I’m running
Having watched the systematic destruction of our rights and freedoms by both Labour and National, along with their minor party accomplices over the past few decades, I feel that we are rapidly reaching a tipping point, where if some good people don't step forward and put a stop to this, the wonderful country that we live in will be gone. I see it as my duty to protect the freedom that our forefathers fought and died for. I will fight hard for the people of Southland, from farmers to tourism.
About me
I am an ex-shearer and self-made businessman with a contract hunting and pest control business within which we also have a venison recovery operation, hunting and recovering wild deer from around the South Island via helicopter. I am also a partner in a gold mining company and manage the farm my family and I live on at Mossburn. I believe in personal and monetary freedom and sovereignty. I spent several years as a member of the ACT Party, COLFO and lobbying on firearms legislation and law.
Party list rank
45
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Company director and hunter
Place of residence
Mossburn
Age
52

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Dave Kennedy
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Increase the number of state houses. Southland has one of the lowest provision of social housing per head of population. Sustainable jobs. The impact of Covid-19 on the local tourist industry has been devastating. Improve water quality. The intensification of many farms has had a negative impact on our rivers and estuaries.
Why I’m running
The Southland region I live in is rich in resources and has a strong sense of community. However, it also has huge challenges in addressing environmental pressures and issue of equity, especially in housing. I want to help in developing a sustainable economy that supports all.
About me
My home is in Invercargill and I have lived in the Southland region for most of my life. I have a background in educational leadership at a national level and holds a number of governance roles in the local community, including chairing the committee for the Southern Farmers' Market and helping lead the development of a transitional museum and art gallery. I am involved in community housing and have leadership roles in local environmental groups.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Teacher and union leadership
Place of residence
Gladstone, Invercargill
Age
61
Jon Mitchell
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Community and business COVID support, strategic recovery planning, funding and action. Economic diversification, sustainable development, and better opportunities for our young people. Better-connected and fit-for-purpose maternity, mental health, and aged care services for the region's communities.
Why I’m running
The communities of the Southland electorate need experienced, mature and effective representation not only in Parliament but in the next Labour government. I was born in Queenstown, and have lived and worked there, in Fiordland, Central Otago, Southland, and elsewhere. My wife and I are in the process of building an off-grid home in Northern Southland. I am committed to ensuring that the communities, environment and economies of the region are successful, diverse, sustainable and resilient.
About me
We are facing major challenges in the next few years as we respond to and recover from the Covid crisis. I have decades of community and economic development, and disaster response and recovery leadership experience. I was a member of teams that developed the frameworks and plans being used today in Covid response and recovery. My wide knowledge of the electorate is very much needed. I will provide effective representation and leadership for the electorate right now and well into the future.
Party list rank
75
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Deputy Director, RRANZ
Place of residence
Wellington and Garston
Age
56
Joseph Mooney
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Support the health of our communities both physically and mentally. Support flexible, innovative and practical solutions for businesses and employees in a challenging economic time. Support our primary sector to ensure our domestic food security and our export-led island economy.
Why I’m running
I was a child in the country in the 1980s when a Labour government was elected and brought in changes that had a dramatic impact on the farming community. My parents could not get work anymore, and our family had no food on the table. I remember going down to the river to pick blackberries because we couldn't afford food. The Reserve Bank says we are facing our biggest economic downturn in 160 years. We need to get the policy settings right, and do so quickly, so kids don't go hungry.
About me
I did not get UE, and spent years in the school of hard knocks, working on farms, orchards, forestry, fishing boats, building sites, retail stores, hospitality, skifields, rafting companies & sports stores amongst others. I have helped build small business here and overseas. The challenge of dealing with endless regulations while trying to run a business led me to studying law as an adult student. I obtained an honours degree in law. I have also been a volunteer firefighter and Army Reservist.
Party list rank
62
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Senior trial lawyer
Place of residence
Queenstown
Age
41
Fiona Meyer
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Cut red tape, support businesses from farming, tourism and others in between to lead Southland economy out of recession. Support and strengthen families by valuing all life. Real democracy, listen to local practical experience, resolve issues such as maternity and retirement facilities.
Why I’m running
New Conservative stands for real democracy with our policy of binding referenda. I believe that in a democracy we need to respect and listen to all sides. We must debate issues robustly and transparently and challenge the notion that the government knows best. The voice of the people should be heard at the highest levels.
About me
My husband and I have lived in Invercargill for over 20 years. Together we raised four daughters and have ten lovely grandchildren. I have worked as a secondary school maths teacher, helped with school and Southland level girls' cricket, co-ordinated World Vision 40 hour famine events and I am actively involved in my local church community.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Secondary school maths teacher
Place of residence
Invercargill
Age
58

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