Taranaki-King Country electorate

Taranaki-King Country is currently represented by National's Barbara Kuriger, who won safely with a margin of 15,259. In 2017, National won the largest share of Taranaki-King Country's votes – 58% to Labour's 24%. The seat was once held by former National Prime Minister Jim Bolger.

Barbara Kuriger
MP for Taranaki-King Country
My local priorities
Remove complex compliance and red tape. Get out of the way of business. Support primary production, trade, sustainability and jobs in rural NZ. Looking for scientific solutions. Facilitate rural connectivity, rural health and rural education. Support rural communities.
Why I’m running
I represent rural communities in New Zealand. My specific interests are agriculture and the primary production economy.
About me
I have made dairy farming a career, culminating in achieving inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year in 2012. In between on farm and parliament, I belonged to a range of agribusiness, agri-training and regional development boards and trusts. I currently reside in both Te Awamutu and Taranaki.
Party list rank
20
First entered parliament
2014
2017 electorate result
Won Taranaki-King Country
Before politics
Agribusiness Board member till 2014
Place of residence
Te Awamutu and Taranaki
Age
60

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Lee Smith
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Oppose rates and taxation increases especially in this new financial climate, we need to ease the tax burden for all. Find better water storage solutions, utilise to our advantage high rainfall so that we don't see constant water shortages. RMA: overhaul it and scrap both the ETS and Zero Carbon Act.
Why I’m running
I'm standing as the Taranaki King Country candidate for New Conservative as I've felt for some time now that the people in my electorate don't have adequate representation and I'd like to see that change. I believe the role of government is to listen to the people and not rule over them, to hear what the people are saying and implement policies that are beneficial for all New Zealanders. I'd like to see a return to true democratic process and the protection of the freedom of speech.
About me
I've lived and worked in the Taranaki King Country electorate for the last 17 years. I am the owner/ operator of two small businesses. Stylequeen Bridal and Formal Wear and Lee Smith-Professional makeup artist. I've owned them for 20 and 10 years respectively. I'm a lover of all things girly! I'm a wife, a mother of six, a nana and a passionate Suicide Prevention advocate. I love to help people who have not had the easiest of lives and I'd love to see a NZ which sees prevention as better than cure.
Party list rank
16
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Owner of two small businesses.
Place of residence
Te Awamutu, Waikato
Age
47
Angela Roberts
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Rebuild our rural infrastructure. We need better access to great healthcare, modern roads and transport, and healthy homes. Rejuvenate our education system. We must invest well and wisely to ensure we can rise to the unique challenges ahead. Reset our economy to achieve a sustainable, timely, just, and equitable transition to a future where we all thrive.
Why I’m running
The nation thrives when our farming communities are flourishing. I am committed to the rebuilding of our rural services and infrastructure. To remain vital, our small towns and farming communities need access to quality education and healthcare, decent work and good housing. These significant challenges require a collective approach – working with communities, farmers, iwi, and workers, and ensuring government resourcing, policy and legislative frameworks support progressive social change.
About me
I grew up in New Plymouth and studied business at Massey. I have worked in tourism, local government, and public education in Taranaki and served 4 years as PPTA president. I have engaged in the Just Transition conversation and bring a local perspective to the climate justice challenge. As an economics teacher and part of a community that has thrived because of the energy and dairy industries, I know the challenge of finding consensus around how we reset our economy to build a sustainable future.
Party list rank
50
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Secondary teacher
Place of residence
Tariki, Taranaki
Age
51
Brent Miles
Not currently in parliament
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Party list rank
46
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2017 electorate result
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Christopher Grey
Not currently in parliament
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Party list rank
24
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
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