West Coast-Tasman electorate

West Coast-Tasman is currently represented by Labour's Damien O'Connor, who won comfortably with a margin of 5,593. In 2017, National won the largest share of West Coast-Tasman's votes – 40% to Labour's 37%. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate now includes Brightwater. It has been held by O'Connor since 1996, with the exception of 2008 to 2011 when National held the seat.

Maureen Pugh
List MP
My local priorities
Pass legislation for the recovery of weather-damaged trees on conservation land. Upgrade High St in Motueka and build a new Motueka Bridge. Complete the review of stewardship land.
Why I’m running
I want to make sure that the West Coast-Tasman electorate is not sold out to idealistic policies that threaten the sustainability and wellbeing of our communities.
About me
Living in a rural environment and having always worked hard I've learnt that New Zealand provides opportunities for all. I've always been an independent thinker, with a desire to see families and communities thrive. I have been blessed with good friends and a loving family.
Party list rank
19
First entered parliament
2015
2017 electorate result
2nd in West Coast-Tasman
Before politics
I'm a list MP, formerly a mayor.
Place of residence
Turiwhate
Age
61
Jack Collin
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Allow coal mining to progress providing employment. Allow the Waitaha power scheme to go ahead reducing power costs on the West Coast. Ensure the health service and education receive adequate funding to carry out their task.
Why I’m running
The past governments have borrowed large amounts from overseas financial sources costing us plenty in interest when they could use our own reserve bank as in Social Credit policy.
About me
I live in Westport and have seen the disappointment caused by the current government putting blocks on economic progress on the West Coast. Before coming to the Coast I was employed as an accountant in the Wellington area and Nelson.
Party list rank
4
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
10th in West Coast-Tasman
Before politics
Accountant and salesman
Place of residence
Westport
Age
77

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Luke King
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
End the mass use of poisons across our lands. Work out compensation for the farmers in Westland who have had their property stolen by Sage. Review all the laws and rules that the department of conversation, Sage and the profiteers have imposed on us.
Why I’m running
I love the country I live in, the local Tasman, West Coast is my home. To give back to the community by ending 1080 poisoning our food and water is very important. Being an MP that's not a puppet for their party. I am an individual with an amazing registered real party backing me. I will stand up for the real people, 'us', you and me to protect our environment, our way of life, our rights to freedom and fair democracy. No more stealing our lands without compensation!
About me
Background is in dairy farming and shearing, fishing, hunting and the outdoors. I have my own organic free range beef ranch of over 100 hectares in the Shenandoah. I have worked professionally in hospitality management, development and owned my own businesses. I'm an advocate for mental health, suicide prevention and a better healthier way of life. I have lived in Australia, Dubai, Sri Lanka and home here in NZ. I am young enough to have energy and motivation, old enough to have lived and learned.
Party list rank
9
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
Shenandoah highway 65
Age
39
Karl Barkley
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
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No response given
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Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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No response given
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Stephen Richards
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
A strong Green government is essential to ensure climate change action. Clean energy and transport are the future. Social responsibility: post-Covid-19 we must transform the economy to ensure a more equitable distribution of wealth. The natural environment of Aotearoa is unique and needs our care and protection. The fund for nature is a great start.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for an Aotearoa where equality and justice are commonplace. Where we all have access to warm safe homes and where our children, and theirs, are well fed and healthy. Where we can play in rivers that are drinkable and hear bird song in the bush. I understand the urgency to act to decarbonise our economy to lessen the effects of Climate change. Food security and clean energy are vital. What we do now creates our future. I want to look ahead but act now to create a Green Transformation.
About me
Kia ora koutou. I was born in Nelson and was lucky to enjoy my childhood on a farm in the Maruia Valley. Since 1991, my wife Judy, our children – and now our grandchildren – and I have called Tasman village our home. Together, we created the Jester House café, a business built on values of positive community, environmental awareness and economic sustainability. I understand first-hand the skills and hard work required to run a successful small business. I'm determined to be a good ancestor.
Party list rank
39
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Imagineer at Jester House cafe
Place of residence
Tasman Village
Age
57

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Damien O'Connor
MP for West Coast-Tasman
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
14
First entered parliament
1993
2017 electorate result
Won West Coast-Tasman
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given

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Jackie Farrelly
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Encourage regional investment for infrastructure and business. To reduce the imposition of costly requirements and impractical rules onto local government, and therefore ratepayers. To revisit the decision on the Waitaha Power Scheme.
Why I’m running
Our regions are facing an attack from extreme ideology which does not understand the reality of how regional work, i.e. farming, mining, forestry, etc., are essential to the social fabric and economy of the country. The regions understand and love the environment so need to be listened to with regard to the best way to manage these essential production services while also protecting our environment. I believe I would be a good representative and voice of reason from the people.
About me
I have run a small business and am involved in various voluntary roles from advocacy to church management so I understand the challenges and the hopes of my region. I can bring the ability of being able to both listen and present reasoned views from varying aspects of society as well as being passionate about the wellbeing of communities and the future success of the country as a whole.
Party list rank
21
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
4th in West Coast-Tasman
Before politics
I ran a small business locally
Place of residence
Grey District, West Coast.
Age
56

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Cory Aitken
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Create jobs by easing restrictions on gold mining on the stewardship block, and new public works projects (e.g. widening Motueka Bridge). Showcasing the beauty of the Coast by establishing a Westport to Greymouth passenger rail service and making rail fares affordable. Greater mental health support for rural communities and free mental health appointments at clinics.
Why I’m running
I believe all the tools we need to recover from the post-Covid recession are at our fingertips, we just need the right motivator in parliament. New gold mining opportunities, using rail to its fullest potential, and much needed mental health support are all within reach.
About me
I am a 30-year-old museum curator from Reefton. I have a great respect for the history of our region and I see a need for a strong independent voice representing our electorate.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Museum curator
Place of residence
Reefton
Age
30
William Gardner
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
32
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
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No response given

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Anne Fitzsimon
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
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No response given
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Party list rank
62
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
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No response given
Richard Osmaston
Not currently in parliament
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Did not stand
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Peter Ewen
Not currently in parliament
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Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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