Wairarapa electorate

Wairarapa is currently represented by National's Alastair Scott, who won comfortably with a margin of 2,872 and is not standing again in 2020. In 2017, National won the largest share of Wairarapa's votes – 49% to Labour's 32%. Since its establishment in 1859, the seat has changed hands 25 times between members from more than seven parties.

Ron Mark
List MP
My local priorities
The challenges Wairarapa face centre on what I refer to as our 'spinal Infrastructure'. Growth and jobs depend on this. That is, roading, rail, airports, digital connectivity, electricity, and water. That is why NZ First established the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund as a requisite to any coalition agreement.
Why I’m running
Now more than ever, Wairarapa needs a credible representative, who is experienced, influential, and successful. Our Wairarapa representatives over the last 21 years have not served us well. As Minister of Defence, I have rebuilt the New Zealand Air Force, the New Zealand Navy and have modernised the New Zealand Army. Now I want to rebuild Wairarapa. Wairarapa's poor 'spinal infrastructure' has to be addressed urgently in order for us to grow. Give me the mandate to do this.
About me
I was born in Wairarapa, and from the age of three was put into a variety of different foster homes. I was not overly academic and left school at 16 years old to join the army. My military career saw me deployed to many parts of the world over the years, and I officially retired from the military as a Major. Once home I was a successful private businessman, and held roles in the corporate world, before entering politics. I have four surviving children (I lost a daughter) and 14 grandchildren.
Party list rank
5
First entered parliament
1996
2017 electorate result
3rd in Wairarapa
Before politics
Self-employed businessman
Place of residence
Carterton
Age
66

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Aileen Haeata
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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Roger Greenslade
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
The local economy, supporting business and farmers to grow and creating more jobs. Fix the housing crisis by cutting red tape, replace the RMA. Leading to an increase in the supply of affordable homes. Invest in mental health and welfare reform.
Why I’m running
I am concerned about the direction New Zealand is heading in and the opportunities the future will provide for my children and our future generations. ACT has a fully-costed plan for economic recovery, which keeps the debt low, cuts taxes, and gets the country back to surplus, while keeping Kiwis in work. This will support Wairarapa businesses, creating more employment and fix the housing crisis. This is why I am standing in the Wairarapa and asking you for to party vote ACT.
About me
I have a strong connection to the Wairarapa as I lived in Masterton for 15 years and worked at Wairarapa College. I have been on the committee of several community groups including Forest and Bird, Masterton Toy Library, Wairarapa Services and Citizens Club, and the Wairarapa Property Investors Association. I still own my family home in Masterton, where my son currently resides.
Party list rank
36
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
6th in Wairarapa
Before politics
Secondary mathematics teacher
Place of residence
Thailand
Age
49
Nigel Gray
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Get a constitution written for all NZers has to be the most important. We cannot function properly without this. Repealing excessive legislation preventing farmers and small business owners from getting on with what they do best! Increasing reservoir capacities. Having ample water every summer would make a huge difference to productivity.
Why I’m running
I am passionate about combining sensible solutions with caring about each other, our environment and our future, without selling out to foreign interests. Our country should be prosperous. We have the resources, we just need a good management!
About me
I am a third generation New Zealander. I have a diverse background; I have the experience of working on a large scale. As a detoxification specialist I established a program that now spans the entire Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and former USSR). I have also worked many years as a self-employed tradesman and company owner. I have a strong interest in national and international politics with a finely-tuned ability to forecast outcomes.
Party list rank
28
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Company owner/director
Place of residence
Takapau, Central Hawkes Bay
Age
59

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Celia Wade-Brown
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Lead climate change action supporting transport, building, industry and agriculture to urgently reduce emissions. Tackle inequality through adequate incomes, resources for education and more housing. Protect and enhance nature: marine reserves, pest animal and weed control and support for community initiatives.
Why I’m running
Our choices for post-Covid-19 recovery are critical for climate change action, protecting nature and tackling inequality. The Greens have inspiring policy and genuinely caring politicians. I'm standing to increase the Green party vote in the Wairarapa, to deliver a future our grandchildren can thrive in. I understand the need to work with local people, other parties and make decisions based on evidence.
About me
I have a breadth of life experience in teaching, IT, local government, practical conservation, participatory sport and community advocacy to offer. I believe that government investment is necessary to support healthy choices in housing, transport and education. I believe in collective support, individual creativity and a common view of a future free from racism, sexism and violence where our climate and natural environment are healthy.
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First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Mayor of Wellington
Place of residence
Mangatārere Valley, Carterton
Age
64

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Kieran McAnulty
List MP
My local priorities
Continue to support small business and promote job opportunities and training as we rebuild from Covid-19. Complete the transport and infrastructure upgrades already started by Labour, including road and rail improvements. Continue the progress we have made on building social houses in the electorate.
Why I’m running
It's been an honour to be a list MP since 2017 and I am grateful to have been given the chance to do what I love most – getting out and about, having a yarn and delivering on things people care about. I am now asking you to support me with your vote to become your local electorate MP. It is time Wairarapa had an MP at the heart of government. Electing me as the MP for Wairarapa will mean I will get more resources to better represent you and our vast electorate.
About me
I care passionately about our region, with deep roots in Wairarapa going back seven generations. I am motivated by the opportunity to make the areas within the Wairarapa electorate (Wairarapa, the Tararua District and Central Hawke's Bay) thrive and prosper, having already secured support like: $7.11m for water storage; $176m for Wairarapa rail line; expanding youth mental health services; $2.5m for the expansion of Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, and $20m for the Route 52 upgrade (CHB).
Party list rank
26
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
2nd in Wairarapa
Before politics
Economic development manager
Place of residence
Masterton
Age
35
Mike Butterick
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Protect and grow our provincial economy. Provincial New Zealand is the engine room for our economy. Enduring infrastructure investment (water, roading and our communities) that enables sustainable growth. Sensible environmental policies that improve, not impede, the Wairarapa electorate.
Why I’m running
I'm very proudly provincial New Zealand and I'm privileged to be a part of it. I want to make sure provincial New Zealand has the same opportunities and positive outcomes as those in cities, so that our children and grandchildren will have a productive and bright future.
About me
I've lived in provincial New Zealand my entire life, I'm a product of it and I understand it. I have 'lived' experience working in it, running a large farming business, and raising a family that's been educated in it. I'm prepared to stand up and fight for all of the people in the Wairarapa electorate to ensure positive outcomes for all.
Party list rank
58
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Farming businessman
Place of residence
Rural Masterton, Wairarapa
Age
48
Warren Butterworth
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Repeal Carbon Zero Legislation; withdraw from Kyoto and Paris accords. Boost productivity by means of tax breaks, fostering industry, encourage employment; reduce benefit dependency. Equality of opportunity and entitlement among races; no Māori seats, repeal all legislation favouring individual races.
Why I’m running
I wish to alleviate the difficulties facing farmers and the rural community as a whole as a result of the carbon zero polices of the two main parties, and also the deforestation of farming land which will desolate previously fertile farmland as a further consequence of the same policy I wish to influence the making of all New Zealanders equal under the law.
About me
I have lived in the rural communities most of my life, have owned three farms in partnership – still own one; am a lawyer with 40+ years experience in the law; am a director of multiple companies engaged in property investment, primary industry (farming and viticulture) and in manufacturing and distribution of outdoor farming, and corporate clothing; am a trustee of charities including involvement in retirement living and in dementia and palliative care; and a wide range of life experience.
Party list rank
24
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Lawyer, part-time farmer, director
Place of residence
Parnell, Auckland and Whakapirau
Age
79

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