Whangārei electorate

Whangārei (formerly Whangarei) is currently represented by National's Shane Reti, who won safely with a margin of 10,967. In 2017, National won the largest share of Whangarei's votes – 45% to Labour's 32% – and has held the seat since 1975. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate no longer includes an area to the west of Whangārei.

Shane Reti
MP for Whangarei
My local priorities
Creating four lanes from Whangarei to Auckland is the single biggest economic driver for Northland. Retaining and increasing jobs is vital in a region where unemployment rises fast and recovers slow. Build local infrastructure in an environmentally safe manner.
Why I’m running
I am running as the candidate for Whangārei so that I can carry the voice of the electorate to Wellington so that their needs, wants and aspirations can be heard. I have a set of skills that working together with the people of Whangārei can make a difference so that people can have the best life possible. I also have a track record that shows I can fight our corner.
About me
I am privileged to be the current MP for Whangārei. In my first career I was a GP in Whangārei for 20 years including consecutive DHB appointments and membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. During this time I won national research awards and was awarded the Queens Service Medal for public service in 2006. In my second career I was assistant professor at Harvard University. I am currently in my 2nd term as MP and am the spokesperson for Health and #5 in the National party caucus.
Party list rank
5
First entered parliament
2014
2017 electorate result
Won Whangarei
Before politics
Assistant Professor, Harvard Med
Place of residence
CBD
Age
57
Chris Leitch
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Ensure everyone has a warm, dry, secure home with adequate income to eat well and participate fully in the community. See the city develop though better road and rail connections so that employment is readily available. Protect the harbour, coastline and ecosystem from pollution and exploitation.
Why I’m running
The causes of our burgeoning Government debt levels and wider socio-economic and environmental problems can be laid fairly and squarely at the door of the economic system that allows privately owned commercial banks to create the nation's money supply. That power must be returned to the public as a whole, through the government, and used to benefit people, not overseas bank shareholders.
About me
I am a former elected member of the Auckland Regional Services Trust set up in 1991 which paid off millions of dollars of debt while successfully keeping the revenue-earning assets in public ownership. I was elected to the Waitemata Electricity Trust, and have been chairman of the Whangarei Youth Centre and the Onerahi School Board.
Party list rank
1
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
5th in Whangarei
Before politics
Businessman
Place of residence
Whangarei
Age
No response given

Connect with me

David Seymour
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Get our city moving again. Party vote ACT. Open and clear communities at all levels.
Why I’m running
The purpose of my time as a candidate is to raise awareness of the ACT party and encourage voters to party vote ACT so we can have more common sense in parliament and create more choices and freedom for all New Zealanders. We need more ACTion and less of the same old same old that we seem to have had over the years.
About me
Whangārei is my home, I was born here and I lived And worked here all here all my life. I have spent time in various industries including Insurance, Building and Real Estate. Also over the years I have spent time being involved in a range of clubs and organisations doing what I can to give back to our community and raising thousands of dollars along the way for a number of charities and individuals.
Party list rank
18
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Self-employed
Place of residence
Maunu
Age
57
Moea Armstrong
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Ensure a guaranteed minimum income of $325 a week for each person over 18 to alleviate poverty in Whangārei. Halve our carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 to stay within the agreed international safe level. Create jobs in renewable energy, clean public transport and environmental restoration to rebuild economy post-Covid.
Why I’m running
I'm standing in Whangārei to try to get as many party votes as possible for the Greens: it's the party vote that determines the make-up of the next government. More Green MPs mean more leverage for the needs of people and planet. Green ministers can drive a post-Covid reset that acts faster to tackle the climate emergency, and goes further to address the inequality that holds all of us back.
About me
I have lived in Whangārei for 32 years, and been an active member of the Green Party for 20 years. I was in the party's leadership team for four years as female co-convenor. My core beliefs align with the party's charter: commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ecological wisdom, social responsibility, appropriate decision-making, and non-violence. I have also been active in the Pakeha Tiriti and anti-racism educators network for 30 years.
Party list rank
25
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Manager, Citizens Advice Bureau
Place of residence
Onerahi
Age
63
Emily Henderson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Jobs. The Kia Kaha projects create new jobs and improve infrastructure. Training for people. Support for small businesses. Environment. In 2019 I saw kids tasked with saving the planet. That's not OK. Kids don't save us, parents save kids. Health. Investing in our health means improving our hospital, better housing and support for vulnerable people.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for Whangārei because I believe this region needs strong advocacy and a clear, compassionate vision for the future. I'm standing as the Labour candidate because I believe Labour's vision, commitment and policies can create a sustainable and vibrant future for everyone.
About me
Whangārei is home and I am passionate about its future. Working for local people in the courts while negotiating major criminal justice reform here and overseas gives me the experience and ability Whangārei needs. I pledge strong leadership for Whangārei's economic and environmental future.
Party list rank
64
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Family Court lawyer, researcher
Place of residence
Maungatapere, Whangarei
Age
47

Connect with me

David Wilson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
9
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
3rd in Te Atatū
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given

Connect with me

Ciara Swords
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Add a risk free return method (RFRM) tax on assets which will reduce demand on property, therefore stabilising prices. Universal basic income with tax reform to replace the current welfare system, which will eliminate the welfare trap. Implementing emissions trading scheme effectively by dumping junk credits and keep trade only within New Zealand.
Why I’m running
Through my study in public economics, I became aware that there was an ingrained issue with New Zealand's tax system. The property tax loophole which incentivises investors to put their money in property and not in businesses that could provide jobs and boost the economy in a real way, this was (and still is) the root issue of exponentially growing house prices. This drives up rent prices which has a direct hand in producing poverty. I want to help the youth of NZ become aware of this.
About me
Youth are not represented well in politics. I will be one of the voices for youth in this country because the status quo is robbing us of our futures. We have a system that is incredibly extractive and not investing enough into regenerating the environment, improving health holistically and the importance of arts and culture. I have a deep interest in public economics and believe New Zealand can lead the world implementing a new economy that places importance on equity whilst being prosperous.
Party list rank
18
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Personal assistant
Place of residence
One Tree Point
Age
25

Connect with me

Daniel Watts
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Outlaw abortion on the grounds of disability and sex selection as this is discrimination. Support established and productive youth agencies in Whangārei with more funding. Lower the unemployment rate in Whangārei by creating a system which gets people from the benefit into employment.
Why I’m running
My personal belief is that all life is valued and may be different but is equal and should have equal rights and opportunities. When people see that you see the good/great in others then they begin to see it in themselves too. I have taught this approach to children, teachers and youth and want to promote all as capable and able regardless of culture, gender or ethnicity. I will endeavour to advocate for those not able or not as confident to stand for themselves.
About me
I have a strong sense of justice and hold honesty and transparency in the highest regard. As a politician I aim to work with others and not against plus always remember where I come from and who I am speaking on behalf of. My main focus would be changing the current laws around abortion, euthanasia and freedom of speech. For Whangārei specifically, I would love to support agencies that get people into work from the benefit and tautoko those who are already doing all they can as individuals.
Party list rank
27
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Full-time primary school teacher
Place of residence
Onerahi
Age
30
Chris Wetere
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
24
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given
Jennifer de Jonge
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
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
No response given
Age
No response given
Kerry Campbell
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given

Made possible by

With support from

Labour-Party
National-Party
Green-Party
ACT-Party
NZ-First
The-Opportunities-Party
New-Conservative
Social-Credit
Aotearoa-Legalise-Cannabis
Māori-Party
Outdoors-Party
Vision-NZ
Sustainable-New-Zealand
One-Party
TEA-Party
Heartland-New-Zealand
Advance-New-Zealand
borders-and-migration
community-and-inclusion
defence-and-foreign-affairs
economy
education
environment
health
housing
incomes-and-employment
law-justice-and-government
media-culture-and-recreation
te-ao-maori
transport-and-infrastructure