Upper Harbour electorate

Upper Harbour is currently represented by National's Paula Bennett, who won comfortably with a margin of 9,556 and is not standing again in 2020. In 2017, National won the largest share of Upper Harbour's votes – 54% to Labour's 32%. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate no longer includes an area around Massey North.

Catherine Giorza
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Abolish tax on incomes below $40k (as this is the living wage). Bring back local councils – local rates to benefit local communities. Support local and small to medium businesses – less red tape to enable businesses to flourish.
Why I’m running
My motivation for standing as a candidate is to work towards making a difference in the lives of ordinary New Zealanders. I feel very concerned about the difficulties that low to middle income families have to live a good life and provide good healthy food for their growing children. The policies of the Outdoors Party strive to enrich the everyday person by assisting small to middle sized businesses and removing tax on living wage incomes.
About me
I believe that our local communities are not being best served by the super city and we, at the Outdoors Party, believe that we need to encourage localism – support small and medium-sized business and give the power back to the people on the ground. Your rates need to be enhancing your and your family's lives and incomes under $40k should not be taxed as this is a living wage.
Party list rank
7
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Early childhood educator/carer
Place of residence
North Shore
Age
62

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Dion Thomas
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
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Party list rank
10
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
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Age
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Winson Tan
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
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Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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Karen Chhour
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Transform mental health. ACT would create a mental health and addiction agency which would empower patients. Support small and medium business. We all prosper from their success with more jobs and better opportunities. Clean up our welfare system. Help those in genuine need. Have appropriate systems to help and protect our children.
Why I’m running
For years I have been frustrated watching the numbers for homelessness, child poverty, abuse and mental health rise. There seems to be no party that is willing to have open and honest discussions around these issues. ACT will have those difficult conversations to find solutions that are more than just throwing more money at the problem. We need to set up targeted help and put the money where it is needed the most.
About me
Life started out pretty rough and I felt like I would never get anywhere. Now I am blessed with 4 amazing children age 7 to 20, and a husband that motivates me every day to be a person they are proud of. My life and work experiences enable me to understand issues from multiple angles rather than the tunnel vision one size fits all polices we currently have. I will work hard to represent the average hard-working New Zealander so we can work together to make this a country we can all be proud of.
Party list rank
7
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Property manegement, NZ-made clothing
Place of residence
Upper Harbour
Age
39
Peter Vaughan
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
35
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
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Ryan Nicholls
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Rapidly reduce emissions and create green jobs to mitigate the climate crisis and create a thriving fair, society. Tackle poverty and prioritise well being through adequate funding of all services so that everyone can live well. Support and invest in local initiatives to restore and protect our natural areas, reduce waste, and care for our land.
Why I’m running
I'm standing in this election because I believe New Zealand needs urgent action on climate change and inequality. Decades of inaction have left us with limited time to combat the climate crisis. I want to see a sustainable, equitable future, where we as a society look after our environment and our people. I'm running in particular to represent young people, who have an important stake in the future of Aotearoa, but are so often denied a voice.
About me
I was born here on the Shore and I've lived here nearly my entire life. I was a student at Rangitoto College and more recently at the University of Auckland. I've always had a been interested in science and the natural world, and I've been working towards teaching science. I have first hand experience of what it's like to be a young person today and I believe I bring a unique perspective that is underrepresented in politics.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Student
Place of residence
Totara Vale
Age
21

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Vanushi Walters
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Work to ensure jobs are protected and new work opportunities created to keep people in fair, meaningful employment. Work to ensure everyone can access affordable, healthy homes with security of tenure because housing is a right. Ensure everyone can access legal help when they need it because access to justice is a critical function of democracy.
Why I’m running
I want Upper Harbour to have a strong voice in government, and to ensure that decisions taken at a national level make sense locally. Upper Harbour is a diverse electorate covering communities with shared interests and concerns but also unique interests and concerns. I have a track record of working on the ground, listening, and actively seeking community views. I will be a strong voice in government for Upper Harbour residents if elected and intend to keep a close ear to the ground.
About me
I've worked in private legal practice, the public sector, and the not for profit sector for fifteen years. I've worked both in Aotearoa and internationally and have developed a diverse skill set including in legal practice, senior management, policy development and governance. At present I'm a senior manager at the Human Rights Commission, a director of a legal practice and a trustee at Foundation North, New Zealand's largest community trust, funding projects in Auckland and Northland.
Party list rank
22
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Manager, NZ HRC and director, Cogent Law
Place of residence
West Auckland
Age
38
Jake Bezzant
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Infrastructure. Tackling Auckland's congestion means more time with your family. Housing. We must reform the RMA and work with the private sector to build a wider range of housing. Law and order. Gangs have no place in our communities, but under Labour membership is growing.
Why I’m running
I want to be New Zealand's first minister of tech. New Zealand has a once in a generation opportunity to use tech to create the tens of thousands of highly-paid long-term jobs that our regions desperately need. By the election, up to 100,000 Kiwis may have lost their jobs. With the right support from Government, tech means a more diversified economy, higher incomes, and more Kiwis achieving their goals – like becoming first home owners.
About me
I come from a typical Kiwi family. Dad was a bricklayer, I went to Cambridge High School, made coffee to put myself through law school. Shortly after I joined Parking Sense I was given the opportunity to take the business to the US as CEO. In under five and a half years, Parking Sense grew from a business without any clients, products or revenue to leading the world in its sector, operating in 51 markets and employing hundreds of staff.
Party list rank
57
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
CEO of Parking Sense
Place of residence
West Harbour
Age
32
Bernadette Soares
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Support the over 12,000 small businesses in Upper Harbour while helping foster better workplace relations in business. Build a safer community and advocate for tougher sentencing with a focus on getting tough on first time offenders. Make quality housing affordable again to Kiwis with an introduction of stamp duty on overseas buyers.
Why I’m running
As a proud Kiwi I have seen this nation's sovereignty and democracy eroded and the rights of parents lost to the state. My experience as an employer, a mum, an immigrant and a businesswoman gives me a strong footing to represent Upper Harbour in parliament to make people important again. Patience, perseverance, hard work, good judgement, a desire to serve this country and resilience in the face of difficulty are hallmarks of my character that I believe will stand me in good stead as an MP.
About me
I am passionate about building a resilient economy, a safer community and protecting and promoting the family unit. With a Master's in entrepreneurship and a degree in economics and commerce, and over 17 years of business experience I have been a business mentor to provide emerging businesses support to generate new business ideas to achieve their potential. I want to bring change to workplace bullying in New Zealand and have been a spokesperson who arbitrates and lobbies the government.
Party list rank
7
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
I am a director in Brand Value Ltd.
Place of residence
West Harbour, Auckland.
Age
51

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