Tauranga electorate

Tauranga is currently represented by Simon Bridges, the former Leader of the National Party, who won safely with a margin of 11,252. In 2017, National won the largest share of Tauranga's votes – 53% to Labour's 27%. Tauranga has been held by Natonal since 1938, with one exception: Winston Peters won the seat for National in 1984, but held the seat for NZ First from 1993 until 2005, when the seat returned to National.

Jan Tinetti
List MP
My local priorities
Ensure the Tauranga economy is well placed to recover, rebuild and thrive from and after the Covid crisis. Secure housing. To really feel a sense of belonging in Tauranga people need to have access to secure housing. Reduce congestion by taking a multi-modal approach – a combination of roads, cycle ways, walkways and public transport.
Why I’m running
I love Tauranga and am honoured to have had the opportunity over the past three years to represent the locals on issues that matter to them and identify areas of change to make things better. As we rebuild after Covid-19, I will be a strong advocate for investment in Tauranga. I will continue to advocate for a quality, public education system to ensure all New Zealand learners have the opportunity to be the best they can be.
About me
I am delighted to be Labour's candidate for Tauranga as part of Jacinda Ardern's team. I am a staunch defender of our quality public education system. Every New Zealander deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and it is the responsibility of the government to ensure services are provided to achieve this goal. I am passionate and energetic about the values at the heart of the Labour party.
Party list rank
32
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
2nd in Tauranga
Before politics
Principal, Merivale School
Place of residence
Matua, Tauranga
Age
52
Simon Bridges
MP for Tauranga
My local priorities
Support a stronger economy, meaning more money in your pocket and for your family. Advocate for more transport, roading and houses, which Tauranga needs now. Ensure security for you, your family and friends, as gangs and crime worsen.
Why I’m running
I love this community, but I understand it is getting harder to live here, because my family lives here too. Making ends meet, getting around and staying safe are all issues many are facing. In the last three years no new roads and next to no state houses have been built here. Gangs and crime are getting worse. I will stand up for the issues that matter.
About me
I have lived in Tauranga since 2001, where I worked as a Crown prosecutor before becoming local MP in 2008. I am in touch with the issues facing our city and am dedicated to delivering what it needs.
Party list rank
4
First entered parliament
2008
2017 electorate result
Won Tauranga
Before politics
Crown prosecutor
Place of residence
Matua, Tauranga
Age
43
Paul Hignett
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Infrastructure development. Tauranga Port expansion. Repayment of debt through productivity not an increase in taxes.
Why I’m running
I have seen an eroding of rights and freedoms during this last year and want the New Conservatives to address these issues.
About me
I have travelled the world, been a crisis counsellor, business owner and entrepreneur. I've lived in Tauranga for 25 years.
Party list rank
15
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Electrical contractor
Place of residence
BOP, Tauranga
Age
66
Erika Harvey
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Empower small businesses to be self-resourced post-Covid, enabling them to navigate uncertainty. Improve transparency and accountability within local government, to better represent Tauranga. Advocate for those with additional living or learning requirements, ensuring people have equitable access to resources
Why I’m running
I am running to promote transparency and accountability in both local and central government, by putting communities and small businesses at the very forefront of our policy making. I was challenged by issues in our community that desperately needed attention, but were not being addressed. I represent 25+ businesses in the marine industry negatively impacted by council decisions, and am actively involved in education, advocating for schools and families requiring additional resources to thrive.
About me
My husband and I have lived in Tauranga since 2009, and our daughter was born here in 2011. We are partners in a longline fishing company (with cameras ;) ), I'm the director of a business advisory company, and the board chairperson for Greerton Village School. The first-hand experience I have in both a personal and professional capacity, gives me the skills needed to constructively listen, build strong relationships, and solve problems practically, with common sense.
Party list rank
11
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Business strategist
Place of residence
Bethlehem
Age
40
Tracy Livingston
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Stop the use of aerial 1080 to save our native species from chronic poisoning, support extensive trapping/hunting. Stop over fishing in NZ waters by big corporations and foreign vessels to protect our fisheries for future generationse. Protect people's health by reducing/removing harmful chemicals, support complementary and functional medicine for health.
Why I’m running
Our country is in crisis. Conservation: 50 percent of kea dying in each 1080 operation. Fishing: snapper sold to China at $1/kilo and 100s tons dumped. Water bottling industry: billions of litres of purest water shipped overseas for no profit for NZ. Small and medium business dying due to disproportionate Covid response. Health: one of the worlds highest cancer and heart disease rate. Massive debt to the private banking sector. Crisis in leadership, no intelligent solutions coming out of government.
About me
I've been caring for patients my whole working life and my concerns are always about the well being of people and the environment. I got into politics due to an interest in monetary reform and fears around what the TPPA meant for NZ in the short and long-term. This is my fourth election. Most recently I ran for BOP DHB to highlight how to integrate natural and functional medicine into conventional medicine to improve health outcomes and reducing environmental toxins that make our people sick.
Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Healthcare, mum, activist
Place of residence
Whakamarama
Age
No response given
Andrew Caie
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Reduce poverty in our region through a Universal Basic Income to alleviate its systemic effects on our communities. Reduce the excessive rate of house price growth that has made Tauranga the 5th most unaffordable city in the world. Reduce pollution and improve our air quality by relocating the heavy industry that is situated around residential areas.
Why I’m running
I am running as a candidate because I straight-up believe we can, and should, do much better for our people. I have lived my entire 31 years under either a Labour coalition or a National coalition who have consistently and endlessly made the decisions that have resulted in the systemic problems our country faces. We have exceptionally high levels of poverty, some of the most unaffordable houses in the world, and underinvestment in key services like health and education. It is time for change!
About me
My background is in physiotherapy which I got into because of a passion for human health and well-being. Central to modern physiotherapy is a demand to apply "evidence based practice". That is using latest evidence and research to provide the best outcomes. So that is my primary commitment – to use latest knowledge in order to maximise the success and well-being of all our people because ultimately a smarter, cleaner, more prosperous society is better for all of its inhabitants.
Party list rank
16
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Physiotherapist
Place of residence
Gate Pa, Tauranga
Age
31
James Capamagian
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
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Yvette Lamare
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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About me
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
9th in Tauranga
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
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Cameron Luxton
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Economy – replace the RMA, allow job creation. Get business and agriculture growing. Control the debt – stop out-of-control spending; balance books by 2023 without raising taxes or cutting health and education. Invest in mental health and welfare reform.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in Tauranga. I am a small business owner and employer, because of my experiences in different communities throughout New Zealand I have come to believe that the larger the government intervention the more damage it causes to communities, employment and in our economy as a whole. My motivation for standing is to increase votes for ACT so that there are more ACT members of parliament to ensure good governance.
About me
I was raised in Papamoa and attended Mount Maunganui College. I am a married father of two young children, and a licenced builder employing staff in the building industry. I spent my OE in Galatea/Murupara where I became an award-winning dairy farmer.
Party list rank
15
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
LBP builder
Place of residence
Papamoa Beach
Age
31

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Daniel Crosa
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
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Party list rank
59
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
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Josh Cole
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Climate change. I worry about my kids' future. Successive governments have ignored it. The Greens won't. There's proof already. Healthy nature. Lockdown showed us how important it is. Less pollution, more support for DoC. We thrive when nature does. Equality for all. Address systemic racism, a strong safety net, +++. Greens will change things for ALL for the better.
Why I’m running
I am asking for your Green Party vote. The Greens want to go harder and faster for both people and the planet's future. But successive governments have risked that by solely focusing on GDP and neglecting people and planet. Covid-19 affected all, but not equally. It also showed how weak our baseline services are and how inequality reinforces the inability all of us to face our biggest challenges. The Greens will ensure we do not slip back into that system and instead initiate a resilient renewal.
About me
I am a father of 2 autistic children, which has meant that I have needed to change tack and become self employed to achieve a more flexible lifestyle. I grew up in Auckland's Waitakere Ranges, where I fell in love with nature. From there I joined the Greens, where I have learnt that to achieve good outcomes for people, the economy and the environment, you need to take all 3 into account at the same time in every decision you make. The Greens do this although it is not always fully understood.
Party list rank
30
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Landscape gardener/lawnmower
Place of residence
Poike / Windermere
Age
40

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