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The ACT Party (Rōpū ACT) is a right-wing libertarian party that advocates free market policies and reducing the role of government. It currently has one seat in parliament. ACT was formed in 1994 from the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers by former National MP Derek Quigly and former Labour minister of finance Roger Douglas. It has had seats in parliament since 1996 and has held the Epsom electorate since 2005. ACT gave support to the fifth National government from 2008 to 2017 through a confidence and supply agreement.

David Seymour

Leader

Brooke van Velden

Deputy leader

Quick facts

  • Year founded 1993
  • Times in government 1
  • Current MPs 1
  • Electorate seats held1
  • Donations received 2017-2019 $1,260,927
  • 2020 polling average
    4.4%
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David Seymour
David Seymour
ACT Party
My local priorities
Represent the aspirational and commercial values of the electorate in parliament so our community can thrive. Work with local business associations to arrest the growing problems with crime and disorder in our town centres. Work with local government to solve the health and environmental problems resulting from poor water infrastructure.
Why I’m running
I have been proud to represent my neighbours from the suburbs of Epsom, Mt Eden, Greenlane, Newmarket, Parnell, and Remuera for the past six years. Our community is aspirational, we have 30 schools in an area of only 20 square kilometres, and a large proportion of entrepreneurs. I seek to represent the values of the Epsom electorate in parliament. While constituency work is private and rarely reported, I particularly enjoy advocating for local people when they are underserved by Government.
About me
My background is working as an electrical engineer, for private sector think-tanks as a policy analyst and, for the last six years, representing Epsom in parliament. I first moved to the electorate as a thirteen-year-old to attend school. Since then, I have barely left except for my OE in Canada. My values are commercial and aspirational. A welcoming tax and regulatory environment for doing business means we can support first world social services and be good custodians of our natural environment.
Party list rank
1
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Electrical engineer, policy analyst
Place of residence
Newmarket
Age
37
2017 Result
Won Epsom
2
Brooke van Velden
Brooke van Velden
ACT Party
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.
Party list rank
2
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Political advisor in Parliament
Place of residence
Wellington Central
Age
27
2017 Result
6th in Auckland Central
3
Nicole McKee
Nicole McKee
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rongotai electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
3
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
4
Chris Baillie
Chris Baillie
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Nelson electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
4
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
5
Simon Court
Simon Court
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Te Atatū electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
5
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
6
James McDowall
James McDowall
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waikato electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Kickstart the economy post-Covid-19 by supporting SMEs, creating jobs, and safely reopening the border. Lower taxes while reducing government debt. Revolutionise the mental health sector by centralising funding and promoting choice.
Why I’m running
To counter the trend of MPs simply heading to Wellington to make new rules and regulations, resulting in an excessively interventionist State sector. Kiwis deserve critical thinkers in parliament – those who take an objective view of the law and evaluate all implications with a healthy dose of scepticism. If elected, I will be an effective MP who promotes freedom by reducing red tape, and always asking: do we need this new law? Is the current one flawed? How can we make Kiwis' lives easier?
About me
I have enjoyed a diverse career: setting up businesses, working for tech start-ups, teaching, volunteering, sitting on boards, and working for an NGO in mental health and homelessness. My formal education includes a business degree, a PhD in marketing and strategic foresight, and I am in the middle of a law degree (put on hold if elected). I believe that community engagement is key to good law-making; you need to know how legislation affects people in the real world and treat them with respect.
Party list rank
6
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Team Lead in an NGO; business owner
Place of residence
Flagstaff, Hamilton
Age
32
2017 Result
5th in Hamilton East
7
Karen Chhour
Karen Chhour
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Upper Harbour electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Transform mental health. ACT would create a mental health and addiction agency which would empower patients. Support small and medium business. We all prosper from their success with more jobs and better opportunities. Clean up our welfare system. Help those in genuine need. Have appropriate systems to help and protect our children.
Why I’m running
For years I have been frustrated watching the numbers for homelessness, child poverty, abuse and mental health rise. There seems to be no party that is willing to have open and honest discussions around these issues. ACT will have those difficult conversations to find solutions that are more than just throwing more money at the problem. We need to set up targeted help and put the money where it is needed the most.
About me
Life started out pretty rough and I felt like I would never get anywhere. Now I am blessed with 4 amazing children age 7 to 20, and a husband that motivates me every day to be a person they are proud of. My life and work experiences enable me to understand issues from multiple angles rather than the tunnel vision one size fits all polices we currently have. I will work hard to represent the average hard-working New Zealander so we can work together to make this a country we can all be proud of.
Party list rank
7
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Property manegement, NZ-made clothing
Place of residence
Upper Harbour
Age
39
2017 Result
Did not stand
8
Mark Cameron
Mark Cameron
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Northland electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Tax cuts. Reduce public spending. Debt reduction.
Why I’m running
I have seen the erosion of core values of Northlanders. All too often there is an increasing burden on the lives of New Zealanders with a continuum of fast moving legislative changes that routinely overlook the rights and freedoms of the people they are designed to help. I have chosen to join the ACT party and arrest the pernicious nature of some of these policies and restore integrity in the political process by offering critical thinking and pragmatic policies.
About me
I've lived here in Ruawai Northland, for 30 plus years. As a dairy farm owner operator, I've enjoyed being part of a great community.
Party list rank
8
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Dairy farmer owner operator
Place of residence
Ruawai Northland
Age
48
2017 Result
Did not stand
9
Toni Severin
Toni Severin
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
9
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
7th in Christchurch East
10
Damien Smith
Damien Smith
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Botany electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
10
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
11
Miles McConway
Miles McConway
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Wigram electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
11
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
12
Beth Houlbrooke
Beth Houlbrooke
ACT Party
My local priorities
Economy: create jobs, get business and farms growing. Cut red tape, replace RMA, cut GST. Control the debt: stop out-of-control spending; Balance books by 2023 w/o raising taxes or cutting health and education. Invest in mental health and welfare reform.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's Party Vote in Kaipara ki Mahurangi. I'm a long-time party member and activist who lives and breathes the party's values of personal freedom. My experience in business, farming, Boards of Trustees and local councils has taught me that the Government that governs least governs best. My motivation for running is to gain more party votes for ACT so that there are more members of parliament representing these values.
About me
I'm an award-winning businesswoman, with over 30 years experience in small business from horticulture, beef farming, furniture moving, concrete tank manufacturing, flooring applications, transport brokering, and NPO administration. I'm a mother of two and a successful politician in my own right, having been elected three times to Auckland Council's Rodney Local Board, including serving my second term as chair and my current term as deputy.
Party list rank
12
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Deputy chair, Rodney Local Board
Place of residence
Warkworth
Age
56
2017 Result
Did not stand
13
Carmel Claridge
Carmel Claridge
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tāmaki electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Economic growth: cutting the red tape strangling business opportunity, lower taxes, and temporarily reduce GST. Debt control: the current government is mortgaging our children's future. Welfare reform.
Why I’m running
I am standing to increase ACT's share of the party vote in Tāmaki. I am keen to see ACT's values of personal freedom, smaller smarter government, and lower taxes strongly represented in Parliament and reflected in the drafting of legislation.
About me
An active community member, I have chaired local ecological groups, and served as deputy chairman of the Orakei Local Board. I am a founding member of the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance working to eliminate wasteful Council spending. A lawyer by profession, I am currently a housing specialist with a charitable organisation working to alleviate Auckland's homelessness. I run my own small business, have raised 3 children and have one granddaughter.
Party list rank
13
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Housing specialist
Place of residence
St Johns, Auckland
Age
55
2017 Result
Did not stand
14
Bruce Carley
Bruce Carley
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Bay of Plenty electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Repeal and oppose 'hate speech' legislation which seeks to limit our freedom to express ourselves openly and honestly. Replace the RMA with a law that lets people build without restrictive zoning and thereby reduce the cost of housing. Introduce a range of measures to ease the tax and regulatory burden on businesses, allowing them to meet their market.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in Bay of Plenty. I believe in personal freedom and personal responsibility. All adults should be able to determine their own path, with the minimum of external interference. Governments should protect people's assets and freedoms, not place limitations on them. No government can run a household or business better than those who invest their own time and money into it.
About me
I've worked in communications and management roles for 30 years, mainly in technology distribution and software development. I've managed marketing for local representation of multinational technology companies as well as shareholder relations for a listed company. I moved from Auckland to Tauranga in 2014, and now manage marketing and communications for a chain of outdoor power equipment stores across Waikato and the Bay. I want businesses to be free of costly and unhelpful over-regulation.
Party list rank
14
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Marketing and communications manager
Place of residence
Greerton
Age
51
2017 Result
5th in Bay of Plenty
15
Cameron Luxton
Cameron Luxton
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tauranga electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Economy – replace the RMA, allow job creation. Get business and agriculture growing. Control the debt – stop out-of-control spending; balance books by 2023 without raising taxes or cutting health and education. Invest in mental health and welfare reform.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in Tauranga. I am a small business owner and employer, because of my experiences in different communities throughout New Zealand I have come to believe that the larger the government intervention the more damage it causes to communities, employment and in our economy as a whole. My motivation for standing is to increase votes for ACT so that there are more ACT members of parliament to ensure good governance.
About me
I was raised in Papamoa and attended Mount Maunganui College. I am a married father of two young children, and a licenced builder employing staff in the building industry. I spent my OE in Galatea/Murupara where I became an award-winning dairy farmer.
Party list rank
15
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
LBP builder
Place of residence
Papamoa Beach
Age
31
2017 Result
Did not stand
16
Grae O'Sullivan
Grae O'Sullivan
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Remutaka electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
16
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
6th in Rimutaka
17
Myah Deedman
Myah Deedman
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hamilton East electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Jumpstart the New Zealand economy: create jobs, cut red tape, replace the RMA, cut GST. Control the debt: stop out of control spending, balance books by 2023 without raising taxes or cutting health and education. Invest in mental health and welfare reform.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in Hamilton East. I believe that we can enable Kiwis to truly flourish and reach their potential through the promotion of freedom, choice, personal responsibility and autonomy. I aim to gain more Party Votes to increase the number of members in parliament who will hold other parties to account and contribute constructive, solution-focused policies towards a better tomorrow. ACT shows consistency, compassion and competency which is what New Zealanders need.
About me
I am introverted in nature but feel a duty to step outside of my comfort zone in order to fight for what is right. I am proud to be Ngati Rongomaiwahine – mental health work and advocacy runs in my family. I may not have years of political experience to draw from but I do have years of experience in state care and the public mental health system which have shaped my political beliefs. My studies in postgraduate psychology reinforce the importance of freedom of choice to human flourishing.
Party list rank
17
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Clerk for a local small business
Place of residence
Enderley
Age
21
2017 Result
Did not stand
18
David Seymour
David Seymour
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whangārei electorate
ACT Party
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
Before politics
Self-employed
Place of residence
Maunu
Age
57
2017 Result
Did not stand
19
Dave King
Dave King
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Port Waikato electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Economy. Create jobs and growth, get businesses and farms growing, reduce red tape, replace the RMA and cut GST for 12 months. Debt. Balance the books by 2023 without raising taxes or cutting health and education. Health. Mental health funding directed through one agency, Implement debit cards for long-term welfare beneficiaries.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in Manurewa. I have seen a large section of NZ society affected by laws passed by our current government in the most undemocratic manner that I have ever witnessed. This has inspired me to become an ACT party list candidate, I want our democracy back.
About me
I am a sales engineer, dealing in industrial compressed air. I have a keen interest in sports shooting and I live with my wife in Tuakau.
Party list rank
19
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
20
Andy Parkins
Andy Parkins
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hutt South electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
20
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
7th in Hutt South
21
Robert Andrews
Robert Andrews
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taieri electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
21
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
22
Stu Armstrong
Stu Armstrong
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Selwyn electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
22
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
23
Sean Beamish
Sean Beamish
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waitaki electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
23
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
24
Shawn Blanchfield
Shawn Blanchfield
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Lynn electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Safely keep business and jobs open returning the ability to earn and stopping further shutdowns. Allow workers to keep more of their hard-earned money so they can spend it in the community to stimulate the economy. Mental health funding that follows the patient so they find the right help not be stuck with therapy that's not helping.
Why I’m running
Representation's been absent for local people, business and home owners. Mental health issues creating homelessness, crime, and impacting our community – and been left to explode. I will give the New Lynn electorate its voice back so footpaths and infrastructure are as good as Epsom's. Mental health and education funding that follows the patient or student so they find a provider that's best for them. Allowing the community to design our future not tell them how it will look. I want to work for New Lynn.
About me
Working life started on building sites as a plumber then later fisherman and yacht captain. On returning from the MED I started my own business and now manufacture for local and international markets. I want everyone to be able to earn and live a great life in our great country without over regulation and compliance that chokes our dreams. When you keep more of your hard earned money you and your whānau can live a better life. I've been an employee, employer, small business owner and exporter, you can too.
Party list rank
24
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business director
Place of residence
West Auckland
Age
48
2017 Result
Did not stand
25
Jan Daffern
Jan Daffern
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tukituki electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Economy: create employment, invest in public health, reduce debt, cut red tape and build for future. Education: Promote job training/learning new work skills and recreational education for well-being. Environment: establish awareness of rural lifestyles that have benefits today and tomorrow.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in the Tukituki electorate. I am a member of the ACT party because I believe that individualism flourishes in a society that promotes freedom, democracy, equality and meaningful responses. My motivation for running is to gain more party votes for ACT with more members of Parliament representing these values. I also believe that freedom denied is equal to justice denied.
About me
Prior to migration to New Zealand twenty years ago I had a successful career in sport and recreation management and administration. Between then and now I have completed a BA in history and politics. I'm also a local author writing about antiques and collectibles and the people who collect them; I also write for a local magazine. My husband and I are tourism operators living on a lifestyle block in a semi rural location. I have proven skills involving in-depth research and community connections.
Party list rank
25
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Owner operator/tourism provider
Place of residence
Whirinaki, Hawke's Bay
Age
66
2017 Result
Did not stand
26
James Davies
James Davies
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waimakariri electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Getting people into work, replacing the RMA and slashing taxes. Getting the debt down and the books back into surplus by 2023 without raising taxes or cutting health and education. Ensuring a world-class mental health system that doesn't leave anyone behind.
Why I’m running
I'm standing to raise ACT's party vote in Waimakariri. New Zealand is facing unprecedented challenges, and it's important that there's a team of accountable, independently-minded MPs in Wellington to ensure we come out of the Covid-19 crisis a freer and more prosperous nation.
About me
I'm a food service worker with a strong belief in smaller, more efficient government.
Party list rank
26
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Food service worker
Place of residence
Huntsbury
Age
18
2017 Result
Did not stand
27
Richard Evans
Richard Evans
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kaikōura electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
27
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
6th in Kaikōura
28
Tommy Fergusson
Tommy Fergusson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Maungakiekie electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
28
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
29
Sean Fitzpatrick
Sean Fitzpatrick
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ōhāriu electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
29
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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David Fox
David Fox
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Banks Peninsula electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
30
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
5th in Port Hills
31
David Freeman
David Freeman
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taupō electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Support for small businesses. This is crucial as it is small business that will lead the economic recovery. Employment and retraining. Unemployment is going to be a major issue so access to re-training is important. Promote our attractions. With our borders being closed, we should make our fellow Kiwis aware of what we have to offer.
Why I’m running
I had always thought that it did not really matter which major political party was in power, be it Labour or National and saw them as six of one half a dozen of the other. Until this government came along. Maybe it is just MMP but the current government has had a big impact on my life and they need to be replaced.
About me
I am not a politician! My aim is to be there to help anyone in my electorate that needs help.
Party list rank
31
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Driver
Place of residence
Taupo
Age
63
2017 Result
Did not stand
32
William Gardner
William Gardner
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
32
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Paul Gilbert
Paul Gilbert
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ilam electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Re-introduce the plans for a local charter school the Labour/Green/NZ First coalition crushed. Reduce red tape for small business. Put more money into peoples pockets by reducing GST and tax.
Why I’m running
I believe in de-powering the government and empowering the individual.
About me
Rest assured there's going to be no shortage of politicians this election telling you how you should run your life, what's the best use for your hard-earned money. Where the borrowed billions should be best spent. This Ilam local isn't one of them. I want more money to go back into your household. Money through shop tills etc. For you to have more say in education and health. This will only happen by voting ACT.
Party list rank
33
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business owner
Place of residence
Ilam
Age
60
2017 Result
5th in Ilam
34
Paul Grace
Paul Grace
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whangaparāoa electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
34
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
35
Wayne Grattan
Wayne Grattan
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ōtaki electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
35
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
36
Roger Greenslade
Roger Greenslade
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Wairarapa electorate
ACT Party
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
Before politics
Secondary mathematics teacher
Place of residence
Thailand
Age
49
2017 Result
6th in Wairarapa
37
Hamish Hutton
Hamish Hutton
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitata electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
37
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Abigail Johnson
Abigail Johnson
ACT Party
My local priorities
Reduce red tape and bureaucracy to get the economy going and help more Kiwis into jobs. Balancing the books to deal with our public debt without cutting funding to core services. Improving our national wellbeing through reforming the mental health system to allow for more choice in treatment.
Why I’m running
I am campaigning to raise ACT's party vote in Christchurch Central. My focus is on advancing individual liberties such as freedom of expression and choice in education, as well as encouraging sensible economic choices including handling our national debt.
About me
I am an economics student with a passion for politics, finance, and biking around Ōtautahi. I've lived in Christchurch almost all my life and have worked for a number of small local businesses here. I also enjoy connecting with the community through volunteer work, university societies, and my residents' association.
Party list rank
38
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Student
Place of residence
Fendalton
Age
18
2017 Result
Did not stand
39
Chris Johnston
Chris Johnston
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Mt Roskill electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Jump start the economy/jobs – GST from 15 percent to 10 percent in one year, 30 percent income tax rate to 17.5 percent, cut red tape/RMA. Control the debt – stop the out-of-control wasteful spending, balance books by 2023, no budget cuts to health and education. Invest in mental health and welfare reform, which underpins NZ's future.
Why I’m running
I am standing to raise ACT's party vote in Mt Roskill. Why ACT? ...because I value diversity in humans, and believe in the power of individuals and families to create a positive and powerful difference in NZ. Solutions by government departments cannot match the combined innovation of a diverse community. Bad things have and are happening to good people. As a society we naturally innovate to adapt. ACT policies encourage and support innovation by enabling businesses in the community to respond.
About me
I am a project manager, born in Whanganui, and have lived around Mt Roskill and Dominion Road for eight years with my wife and children. I have worked in public and private sector organisations, and recognise that many hard working, well intentioned people are trapped in frustrating and ineffective systems. I build teams and organisations that operate safely and effectively by leveraging technology and patterns in data – empowering people in the workplace to provide better outcomes for customers.
Party list rank
39
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Project manager
Place of residence
Mt Eden
Age
50
2017 Result
Did not stand
40
Nick Kearney
Nick Kearney
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for North Shore electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
40
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
5th in North Shore
41
Judy Kendall
Judy Kendall
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Napier electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Workplace bullying, which of course is a form of mental torment. ACT Party policy on mental health. Roading, the Napier/ Gisborne road, and the Napier/ Hastings expressway. Taking the politics out of infrastructure. Welfare as a hand up not a hand out. Too many adults suffer from chronic welfare dependency.
Why I’m running
I love my country and I love Napier. This current coalition of troublesome parties is dragging our country down. My goal is to restore a sense of integrity, honour and dignity back into the parliament scene. This electorate needs a candidate who has complete empathy for people and who has experienced many of the situations that constituents find are troubling them like, business confidence, money, housing, employment, health, farming, etc.
About me
My interest in politics started while I was working at parliament in the Select Committee Services. I could observe the political process from the inside. I soon saw the difference in those politicians who were just in parliament for their own interests over those genuine politicians. I pledge that if I am honoured by becoming the MP for the Napier electorate, I will not forget who it was who put me in that position. You the voters. Party vote ACT and Judy with a Y, why because we can.
Party list rank
41
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Administration officer, HBDHB
Place of residence
Napier South
2017 Result
Did not stand
42
Pete Kirkwood
Pete Kirkwood
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rotorua electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
42
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
43
Tim Kronfeld
Tim Kronfeld
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Northcote electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
To stand for ACT to canvas for the Party Vote.
About me
I believe in a smaller more efficient Government. I believe in the rights for the individual. I believe in clear firm property rights.
Party list rank
43
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
AFA / broker in derivatives markets
Place of residence
Northcote
Age
61
2017 Result
5th in Northcote
44
Michael McCook
Michael McCook
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for East Coast Bays electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Assist businesses to take our country out of the Covid recession. Remove wasteful spending and give it back to the taxpayer. Provide an economy where people can succeed in all facets of life.
Why I’m running
Like many others 2 young adult children, I am concerned that our children will have great difficulty entering the housing market, crippled by tax upon tax and having to service outrageous debt levied on all New Zealanders.
About me
I joined ACT as I am dismayed by the quality of our current MPs, lack of business and real world experience. Through my tax and accounting business, I helped thousands of business owners to grow a business, earn a good living and become financially independent
Party list rank
44
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Tax and business advisor
Place of residence
Greenhithe
Age
54
2017 Result
Did not stand
45
Mike McCormick
Mike McCormick
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Takanini electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
45
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
46
Brent Miles
Brent Miles
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
46
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
47
David Olsen
David Olsen
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Coromandel electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
47
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
48
Matthew Percival
Matthew Percival
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kelston electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Raise incomes by removing regulatory roadblocks and supporting business. Reform the mental health sector by creating a centralised specialist agency. Improve Māori and Pacific student outcomes by implementing charter schools.
Why I’m running
I'm running to increase ACT's party vote. Our current 'plan' of borrowing $140 billion dollars will result in my generation picking up the tab, locking in high taxes and limited growth. I'm also passionate about mental health reform, especially having lost a friend earlier this year. Our current approach is not producing the results New Zealanders should demand. Finally, we need to empower small business owners to drive our economy forward.
About me
Born in Green Bay, I lived my teenage years in Titirangi before settling in Glen Eden. A graduate of Avondale College, I completed a BCom and GradDipCom at the University of Auckland prior to completing my Chartered Accountant qualification. I've worked with a wide range of business owners across many sectors, developing an intimate knowledge of small business along the way. A keen motorsport fan, I currently serve in the Speedway New Zealand Promotions Team.
Party list rank
48
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business analyst
Place of residence
Glen Eden
Age
37
2017 Result
Did not stand
49
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
49
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
50
Felix Poole
Felix Poole
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
50
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
51
Mo Yee Poon
Mo Yee Poon
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Pakuranga electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
51
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
52
Callum Steele-Macintosh
Callum Steele-Macintosh
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Dunedin electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
52
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
53
Blake Webb
Blake Webb
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for East Coast electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
53
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
54
Roger Weldon
Roger Weldon
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hamilton West electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Ensuring public health has the appropriate level of investment, including pandemic protection and mental health. Addressing the debt by stopping the level of poor quality spending. The economy, getting people back to work, growing business and cutting red tape.
Why I’m running
Fundamentally I am campaigning for the party vote for ACT. Having lived and worked in many countries, I think we are incredibly fortunate to live in a western democracy. However as a society we are forgetting the importance of some of the freedoms we enjoy. I see ACT as the one party who apply the level of thinking and accountability I expect in our elected representatives.
About me
On the personal front I am a husband and a father to my teenage daughter. Professionally, I have had an extensive career to date since completing my hnvironmental health bachelors degree and post-graduate diploma in business administration. Having worked with SMEs, District Health Boards, to some of New Zealand's most iconic company's. My roles always centred around risk management.
Party list rank
54
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
General manager
Place of residence
Glenview, Hamilton
Age
46
2017 Result
Did not stand
55
Bruce Whitehead
Bruce Whitehead
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Papakura electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
A good party vote result for ACT will increase the influence that ACT will have in Parliament.
Why I’m running
I am specifically asking voters for the party vote only for the ACT party in order to get our best people into parliament to represent ACT's core principles of personal freedom, less regulation, and lower taxes.
Party list rank
55
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Trades person
Place of residence
Pukekohe
2017 Result
Did not stand
56
Neil Wilson
Neil Wilson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitīkei electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
56
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
6th in Rangitīkei
57
Ada Xiao
Ada Xiao
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Plymouth electorate
ACT Party
My local priorities
Protecting energy sector jobs with innovative methods. Investigating the safety of the Ara Ake, as hydrogen energy can be very dangerous for the whole of Taranaki. Reducing tax for $48k to $70k income bracket from 30 percent to 17.5 percent.
Why I’m running
It's clear that New Zealand is experiencing a huge crisis, caused by Covid-19, followed by the economic recession (might be a long-time recession if not dealt with properly). We need a genius team to rebuild Aotearoa. We need someone who knows how to rebuild the economy, in great designed details of 'how', not just simply setting the targets without knowing how to approach them. I would like to contribute to this recovery process, with excellent team work as a candidate in ACT.
About me
I have spent my first stage career in engineering field, knowing how the physical world is running. Studying macroeconomics now enables me knowing how the economy and societal world are running. Taranaki is considered as the energy source of NZ, but it also faces criticism for the environmental impact. Having industrial innovation skills and economics as my background, I know the way of protecting the environment together with protecting the jobs. We will deal with conflicts fundamentally.
Party list rank
57
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Aircraft designer
Place of residence
Hamilton
Age
38
2017 Result
Did not stand

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