Wellington Central electorate

Wellington Central is currently represented by Labour's Grant Robertson, who won comfortably with a margin of 9,963. Robertson has held the seat since 2008. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Wellington Central's party votes – 38% to National's 31%. Wellington Central had the highest turnout in the country, with 87% of enrolled people voting. The seat was once held by Peter Fraser, New Zealand's 24th prime minister who held the seat from 1918 to 1946.

Liam Richfield
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Rose Greally
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Gina Sunderland
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Robert Bruce
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Nicola Willis
List MP
My local priorities
Deliver National's Wellington transport plan, including doubling the Mt Vic tunnel and building bus rapid-transit. Back policies that support local businesses to create jobs, lift incomes, innovate, invest and grow. Increase housing supply by making it easier to build new homes, including by replacing the RMA.
Why I’m running
I want New Zealand to be a growing, wealthy and vibrant country that provides great opportunities – a country of aspiration where every child can pursue big dreams. I believe unleashing New Zealand's potential requires a National-led Government that backs individual effort and achievement, that encourages entrepreneurialism and innovation, that works to strengthen families and communities and that delivers the strong economic foundations on which equality of opportunity is built.
About me
I'm a proud Wellingtonian, a mother of four children aged four to ten years of age, an honours grad from Vic Uni and an MP who works hard for my community and our city. I bring broad experience to Parliament, having previously held a range of senior management roles at dairy co-op Fonterra, served on the boards of Export NZ and the NZ Initiative, worked for small businesses and in prime minister Key's office. I am a strong voice for Wellington who will get things done for you.
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13
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
2nd in Wellington Central
Before politics
General Manager at Fonterra Co-Op
Place of residence
Karori, Wellington.
Age
39
Abe Gray
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11
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Brooke van Velden
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Transform mental health and addiction care by establishing one stand-alone, nation-wide mental health and addiction agency. End the housing crisis and get Kiwis into affordable homes by freeing up more land for development. Advocate for better government spending and lower public debt so my generation and the next aren't saddled with debt.
Why I’m running
I want New Zealand to be a country where everyone has a great education, the opportunity to work in high paying jobs, and be able to own an affordable home. I have a vision where Kiwis with a wide range of mental health needs can approach a wide range of services and receive world-class care tailored to their individual and community needs. I believe we can make New Zealand a better place to live, work, and raise a family through better public policy, and those are the policies of the ACT Party.
About me
I moved to Wellington from Auckland in 2017, and flat in Brooklyn. I left the private sector where I worked as a corporate affairs consultant to work behind the scenes in Parliament to pass the End of Life Choice Act. I switched from being a Greens voter to an Act supporter while studying international trade and economics at university. The ability for free markets to lift countries from hardship was a revelation to me. I'm also a committed social liberal.
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2
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
6th in Auckland Central
Before politics
Political advisor in Parliament
Place of residence
Wellington Central
Age
27
James Shaw
List MP
My local priorities
Increase the stock of affordable housing in Wellington City, including public, community and Iwi developments. Get construction started on the rapid transit system from the Railway Station to the Airport. Replace Wellington's ageing sewage, storm and drinking water pipes.
Why I’m running
The next parliament and the next government will make choices about New Zealand's future orders of magnitude greater than at any time in recent history. I want to ensure every dollar of the Covid-19 recovery stimulus is put to work solving the long term challenges facing our country – like climate change, persistent poverty and the biodiversity crisis. Otherwise our children will inherit the double-whammy of paying back our Covid recovery debt and having to deal with those long term challenges.
About me
I was born and raised in Wellington and educated at Wellington High School and Victoria University. I lived in London for 12 years and worked all over the world as a management consultant specialising in leadership and sustainability. It was while doing post-grad at Bath University that I came to the realisation that, in order to create a truly sustainable economy and society, we also need political change – so I came home in 2010, stood for election in 2011 and was elected in 2014.
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2
First entered parliament
2014
2017 electorate result
3rd in Wellington Central
Before politics
Management consultant
Place of residence
Central Wellington
Age
47
Grant Robertson
MP for Wellington Central
My local priorities
Support the building of more public, transitional and affordable housing in Wellington. Implement Lets Get Wellington Moving to see reduce congestion and improve public transport in our city. Support the rebuilding of our arts and events sector in the coolest little capital in the world.
Why I’m running
I want to continue to play my part in a Labour-led government that is keeping Kiwis safe and well. We have made a lot of progress in making New Zealand a better and fairer place, but there is more to do. As Minister of Finance I want to see us keep Covid-19 out and build our economy back to deliver decent jobs with good wages. I want to embed our wellbeing approach where we value the health of our people, environment and communities just as much as our economic prosperity. Lets keep moving!
About me
I am in politics because I believe in social justice. To me that means that every person is given the support to achieve their potential. I grew up believing that we are all our brothers and sisters' keepers, that we should treat others as we wish to be treated and if we work hard we will achieve our goals. It is those values I try to live up to every day.
Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
2008
2017 electorate result
Won Wellington Central
Before politics
Research business manager
Place of residence
Wilton
Age
48
Michael Appleby
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Stop the continuing criminalisation of my fellow citizens, my neighbours and my family. To be allowed to grow your own. To ensure that industrial hemp takes its proper place in NZ society. To ensure medicinal cannabis is affordable.
Why I’m running
I want to change the laws on cannabis.
About me
I have a masters degree in law. I have seen the devastation on society in NZ that the prohibition laws have caused over the 50 years I have been a lawyer. As a Human Rights Lawyer and legal academic since I had a teaching fellowship at Otago University at the age of 23, I have defended the rights of NZers to grow and smoke cannabis. I have changed the ACC laws by successfully suing them to make sure inflation is taken into account (Appleby v ACC).
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1
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Head of law faculty, Open Polytech
Place of residence
Kelburn
Age
73

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Jesse Richardson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Invest billions more in green energy (wind, solar, hydro) and green R&D. We have to curb our carbon emissions. Reinforce our emissions trading scheme to cover more industries. If we don't, we will certainly go above 1.5° warming. Expand voting rights to 16/17-year-olds and prisoners. This will increase civic engagement and spur climate action.
Why I’m running
I'm running because our politicians have consistently failed to act on the climate crisis and we're running out of time. NZ is currently well behind our target of 1.5° C of warming. When I am in Parliament, I will push for bold action on climate change from day one. It's time to stop discussing how 'expensive' it is and instead concern ourselves with how necessary it is. I'm running because I want to be able to tell my kids I did everything possible to make the planet liveable for them.
About me
At 18, I'm proud to be the youngest candidate in this race. It means this climate crisis isn't just some abstract concept to me; it's real and it's personal. I recently graduated from Wellington College where I was the student rep on the Board of Trustees as well as one of the top 50 scholars nationally. In 2017/2019 I volunteered for the Greens because they had the best climate policy at the time and I was passionate. I'm going to take that passion and experience all the way to Parliament.
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Student at Victoria University
Place of residence
Kelburn, Wellington
Age
18

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