East Coast electorate

East Coast is currently represented by National's Anne Tolley, who won comfortably with a margin of 4,807. Tolley has held the seat since the 2005 election and is not standing again in 2020. In 2017, National won the largest share of East Coast's party votes – 44% to Labour's 37%. Tolley has held the seat since 2005. It is the largest general electorate in the North Island by land area.

Helena Nickerson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Strengthen the family unit because a strong family unit ensures favourable outcomes for our children. Advocate for employment opportunities for our people. When people have jobs it increases their sense of self-worth. Open up possibilities for people to own their homes. People want a home that is theirs.
Why I’m running
I recognised the erosion of our democracy, loss of freedom of speech and the implementation of divisive race-based policies on the part of the current government. I believe that the government is there to serve the people and not the other way round. Our country faces many high level issues that must be addressed, such as housing shortages, lack of employment and unnecessary RMA restrictions that hinder progress. My aim is to help people become self-sufficient and less government dependent.
About me
I was recruited in South Africa to come to New Zealand in the mid-1990s when there was a shortage of qualified specialist teachers in New Zealand. I have worked at different levels in education and also l worked in education across seven countries, in national curricula as well as in the International Baccalaureate curricula. This was a very enriching experience because it enabled me to interact with a wide range of cultures and learn about different belief systems, and worldviews.
Party list rank
14
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Resource teacher learning/behaviour
Place of residence
Whataupoko
Age
No response given
Kiri Allan
List MP
My local priorities
Our people: boost investment in health and professional training so our people are healthy and able to find decent work. Our place: advocate for more investment in significant infrastructure projects, creating work, and improving wellbeing. Our exports: boosting resources to support and promote our regions' exporters.
Why I’m running
The East Coast is my home and it has a rich history, but it is over-represented in too many statistics. I knew our place had the ability to thrive but needed the backing of a supportive government. I've seen first hand the realities that lie behind the statistics. I saw how easy it was for people's lives to become harder; how significant having a decent job could be to the course of someone's life. There is so much potential in here, but it's been too low on the priority list for too long.
About me
I've lived in almost every corner of this electorate and have spent much of my life as an advocate and working in the primary industries. Turning dirt into decent jobs has always been a focus of mine, because I know the impact these jobs have on people's lives. My experience allowed me to hit the ground running when I got to parliament in 2017, and I haven't stopped yet. Taking all that I have learned meant I've been able to get things done in parliament, delivering real change our people.
Party list rank
25
First entered parliament
2017
2017 electorate result
2nd in East Coast
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
Gisborne
Age
No response given
Meredith Akuhata-Brown
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Build homes for those that are currently on waiting lists and living rough on our streets or in vehicles. Create meaningful employment that has a focus on the individuals strengths and has a wrap around service that empowers. Ensure climate change actions are priorities for all decision makers and industry within the region.
Why I’m running
I believe I was born for such a time as this! Having served my community for much of my life as a strong advocate for social justice and human rights I believe I need to be a the governance table in Parliament to share what I have learnt and ensure the voice of the community I represent is not just heard but understood. I believe in making a stand and challenging the status quo and ensuring the next generations have a better future because decision makers had integrity and were held accountable.
About me
I was born in Turanganui a Kiwa and have lived here all my life. I am married to Jason and we have three amazing young adults. Much of my life experience is in social/youth work and community development. I am currently a third term district councillor and two term health board member. I have been involved in school boards and community boards of governance also. I am an advocate for those that live in the margins and who often feel they don't have a voice at the decision making tables.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Gisborne District Councillor/TDH
Place of residence
Awapuni
Age
49
Veronica King
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Advocate for the protection of unborn children – One Party believes in the value of life and every life has value. Engage housing solutions – homelessness should not be an outcome for NZ families. Oppose euthanasia – support increased funding for palliative and other support services.
Why I’m running
Aotearoa NZ is the best country in the world to live and raise a family. My motivation to run is simple. I hold to a principle that children are a heritage from the Lord and are a nations richest treasure. Every child, young person and adult for that matter deserve to live, develop and prosper under a national environment that fashions this in a healthy safe way. Parliament is a privilege, not a right with a responsibility to decision-make for the well-being of a nation and her people.
About me
I currently live in Taupō but was born and raised in Gisborne. I have a wealth of experience in community engagement and development, welfare management in civil defence, social work facilitation and delivery, understanding of the non-for-profit, non-government sectors and 9 years in local government in a strategic partnership advisory role. My greatest challenge but now rewarding one was having to sole-parent my children. Now I am blessed with 21 grandchildren to enjoy. Value family.
Party list rank
17
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Strategic partnership advisor, local government
Place of residence
Taupō
Age
59
Blake Webb
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
53
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

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Jennie Brown
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Advocate for better educational opportunities and health outcomes for our children and young people. Replace 1080 and glyphosate. Stop blanket planting of pine tree on productive farmland.
Why I’m running
If Covid-19 has taught me anything, it is that the government can make systemic change (across all sectors) instantaneously. So why then has there been 'no significant change' in material hardship rates since 2017? Why are our children not a priority? I recently attended a child protection workshop, where I asked how I could create real change. The answer was to continue to lobby the government. I am running to ensure our children have a voice in parliament.
About me
I am a wife, a mother of two and have a degree in Education. I was born and raised in Gisborne, where I now raise my own family. I stand for normal everyday citizens who have had enough of the lies, lack of transparency and continued destruction of our human rights and democratic freedoms. Real and systemic change is needed. No more using a band-aid approach when it comes to our people, especially our children.
Party list rank
16
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Teacher
Place of residence
Gisborne
Age
38

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Tania Tapsell
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Grow our local economy. Jobs for our children. Security for our seniors.
Why I’m running
I'm standing because I want to make it easier for people to get ahead. I'm focused on growing our local economy, jobs for our children, and security for our seniors. This government has created a mountain of debt. The National team and I bring the skills, experience and vision needed to get our economy and communities back on track. I will fight for you and your family, so please support me by voting Tania Tapsell to be your new East Coast MP.
About me
My family and I live in and have a strong connection to the East Coast. I've served as a local government councillor for seven years so I know how politics work and I know how to get things done. I have worked in tourism, BNZ, and at Deloitte as a consultant supporting businesses to invest and grow. I have a Bachelor in Management Studies and am currently working on my Masters of Management. You can be confident that I understand and support our businesses. I will deliver for our community.
Party list rank
64
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Deloitte consultant
Place of residence
Maketu, Eastern Bay of Plenty
Age
27

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