Taieri electorate

Taieri (formerly Dunedin South) is currently represented by Labour's Clare Curran, who won comfortably with a margin of 8,717 and is not standing again in 2020. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Dunedin South's votes – 48% to National's 36%. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate now includes South Otago, and no longer includes the Otago Peninsula.

Liam Kernaghan
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Economic recovery: get our fair share of the opportunities and benefits. Support our primary sector and take the target off the backs of farmers. Housing: repeal the RMA and replace it so we can develop affordable, good housing across the Taieri electorate.
Why I’m running
This is my home. I strongly believe Taieri deserves a strong, local champion to advocate hard in Wellington for our interests. Whether it is our rural communities who are the backbone of our economy, who feed us and the world, or our strong urban centres which have our small businesses, our hospitals and our schools, I want to represent the very best of New Zealand right here in Taieri.
About me
I'm a born and bred Dunedinite and very proud southern man. I went to John McGlashan College and then got my law degree from the University of Otago. Dunedin is my home, it's where I grew up and I feel very strongly about having a strong voice for our area in Parliament. That's why it is such a huge privilege to be running for Parliament this election as National's candidate for the new seat of Taieri.
Party list rank
51
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Senior Advisor
Place of residence
Dunedin
Age
30
Warren Voight
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
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Party list rank
7
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
5th in Dunedin North
Before politics
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Scott Willis
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Construct climate-safe homes to house our most vulnerable and adapt to rising sea-levels. Deliver cleaner, cheaper, smarter electricity to eliminate energy hardship and reduce emissions. Support our farmers to transition to regenerative and organic agriculture for low carbon, thriving rural communities.
Why I’m running
I believe we have an opportunity and a duty to dial down the climate crisis. For the past 12 years I've managed an NGO working on local climate solutions together and I know there's no great technical barrier to reducing emissions and adapting to rising sea-levels. The barriers are political and social yet human creativity is a limitless resource and now is the moment to use that to our best ability. I bring passion, a sense of purpose and science-based policy for climate justice in Taieri.
About me
I've been at the frontline of climate and social justice efforts for years now, learning what works and what doesn't. I grew up on a farm where you can't just whistle up help. I find practical solutions to even the most complex problems. I've recently overseen the construction of NZ's first climate safe house and have a wealth of community and industry experience in getting things done. I am passionate about finding sustainable and equitable solutions to include all communities in Taieri.
Party list rank
13
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Manager
Place of residence
Waitati
Age
51
Ingrid Leary
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Establish a Senior's Commissioner and overhaul the Retirement Villages Act 2003 and the Code of Practice 2008. Get rail running again in Dunedin and position Hillside as a national cross-sector specialist engineering hub. Create social housing solutions for flood affected areas of Taieri which future proofs them from climate impacts.
Why I’m running
This election is incredibly important. Jacinda Ardern's Labour-led response to Covid-19 saved lives, livelihoods and our sense of community. Our biggest national issue now is when to open the borders, and I trust only Labour to make evidence-based decisions which put people first. Those who see the health and economic responses as separate issues will risk the lives of New Zealanders. Labour will lead a recovery that's fair to everyone and that will ultimately help close the inequality gap.
About me
I'm a mother-of-three with proven experience in law, journalism and public service. I've owned my own small business and know the difference that stable leadership, health and safety, and economic security makes to our lives and our children's lives. My Dad's working-class background and values, and family involvement in the union movements that shaped NZ, make me proud to call Dunedin South home and to seek to represent the many diverse communities which live within the Taieri boundaries.
Party list rank
59
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
NZ and Pacific Director, British Council
Place of residence
South Dunedin
Age
52
Mark Patterson
List MP
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
7
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
3rd in Clutha-Southland
Before politics
No response given
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Stan Smith
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Abolish carbon and methane taxes on farming. Institute a law to ban NZ carbon credits being traded outside NZ. Overhaul the RMA and other progress limiting acts, to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Why I’m running
I believe New Zealand has a secret weapon for Covid-19 recovery – Its farmers and primary producers can feed the nations and bring wealth back to our nation. As a nation, we need a strong rural backbone and government policy must encourage and support this in every way possible. Successive governments have failed the primary industry. Rural communities have not been supported with adequate healthcare. Carbon and methane taxes are coming in. Farmers have been painted the villain by faux science.
About me
I have worked all my life in rural communities throughout New Zealand. I have had experience at a management level in sheep, beef, dairy, deer, rural training and ag contracting industries. I have project managed dairy conversions and passed on my skills to the next generation of young farmers. I have also worked with disadvantaged youth in rural communities, so I am very aware of the challenges they face. I believe a strong family unit will give a child the best start possible.
Party list rank
9
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Farm machinery sales manager
Place of residence
Balclutha
Age
39
Robert Andrews
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
21
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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David Webber
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Establish a base for increased and ongoing productivity. Guide my constituents into change and a more environmentally sustainable future. Introduce ideas that should aid in a speedy recovery from Covid-19.
Why I’m running
To get my views of a healthier and more sustainable New Zealand across.
About me
I am inventive with a fertile imagination, and the solutions to New Zealand and the world's more pressing problems
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No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Engineering and transport
Place of residence
Abbotsford
Age
58

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Fred Roberts
Not currently in parliament
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Why I’m running
No response given
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Party list rank
60
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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No response given
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No response given
Ally Kelleher
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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Olivier Lequeux
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Rebuilding Beaumont Bridge is the link from Dunedin to Central Otago and currently unsafe for traffic. National education system is fundamentally flawed. Children need practical life skills. Woman and child healthcare improvement and extension of paid parental leave for the betterment of mother and child.
Why I’m running
My love for Dunedin and Otago runs through my veins. I have been motivated to stand by my passion for Dunedin and the region and concerns about the future of the country under Labour. We have National imploding and reverting to the past, I also see the Greens as having policies that are unworkable. I have no other alternative but to stand as an Independent.
About me
My home is Dunedin. My heart is in Dunedin. My family lives in Dunedin. I want to cherish the region, Taieri, all over New Zealand. I am not a party soldier. I will be Dunedin's working man. I am a man of the people.
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Business owner
Place of residence
St Clair
Age
53

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