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The New Zealand Labour Party (Rōpū Reipa o Aotearoa) currently leads the government. It is a centre-left political party, which describes its founding principle as democratic socialism. Labour formed in 1916 out of various socialist parties and trade unions and is the country's oldest political party still in existence. Labour has been in government six times and had ten leaders become prime ministers.

Jacinda Ardern

Leader

Kelvin Davis

Deputy leader

Quick facts

  • Year founded 1916
  • Times in government 6
  • Current MPs 46
  • Electorate seats held29
  • Donations received 2017-2019 $2,568,336
  • 2020 polling average
    50.4%
1
Jacinda Ardern
Jacinda Ardern
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continue to upgrade schools here in Mt Albert, like the redevelopments at Western Springs College and Mt Albert Grammar. Rebuild our hospitals so Mt Albert residents have access to the services they deserve, including Auckland City Hospital. Roll out more public housing in Auckland, in addition to the more than 3,900 we've already delivered across the country.
Why I’m running
I'm committed to keeping our economy moving and building back better in the wake of Covid. Our plan is about investing in people. It's about jobs, preparing for our future, and supporting our small businesses. We've already backed businesses through the wage subsidy, now we're creating jobs by upgrading and rebuilding our infrastructure, and we're helping people upskill by making apprenticeships free. Our plan to keep New Zealand moving is already in motion, and I'm ready to keep rolling it out.
About me
When I became Prime Minister, I said I wanted our government to be different – to be empathetic and kind. I want people to know that's what drives me. I've been in politics for a while now so people have probably got to know me but I hope they've seen those values reflected in what we do.
Party list rank
1
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
Public servant in the UK
Place of residence
Mt Albert
Age
40
2017 Result
Won Mt Albert
2
Kelvin Davis
Kelvin Davis
Labour Party
My local priorities
The cost of living. It is a basic human right that people can feed and clothe their families and pay for the necessities. Health and housing: if we don't have our health we have nothing. Poor health is exasperated by poor housing. Jobs and employment: everybody deserves the dignity of well paid work.
Why I’m running
I entered parliament to make a difference for Māori. As a school principal I refused to accept that Māori under-achievement was acceptable and set about changing that. Politically I believe Māori outcomes should be equal if not better than other New Zealanders. As a Minister change is already being seen in my portfolios of Maori Crown Relations, Māori Education and Corrections. Outcomes for Māori are improving because I have the political will to change them.
About me
Māori can achieve and succeed as well as any other New Zealander. My mission as a politician is to ensure that happens. As an educator I refused to accept the status quo and as a politician I likewise refuse to accept lesser outcomes for Māori. Māori should be free to express our Tino Rangatiratanga. The Government's role is to pull the levers of government where possible to support Māori to achieve our aspirations.
Party list rank
2
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
School principal
Place of residence
Kaitaia, Te Tai Tokerau
Age
53
2017 Result
Won Te Tai Tokerau
3
Grant Robertson
Grant Robertson
Labour Party
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
Before politics
Research business manager
Place of residence
Wilton
Age
48
2017 Result
Won Wellington Central
4
Phil Twyford
Phil Twyford
Labour Party
My local priorities
Support local jobs: the wage subsidy and small business loans have helped thousands of Westie businesses. Add services to Waitakere Hospital: building on the $390m that went to our local DHB in Budget 2020. Free apprenticeships: we put $1.4 bn into trade training to make apprenticeships free including in construction.
Why I’m running
I want our community in West Auckland to be even better than it is: with more jobs, more training opportunities, a great public health system with expanded services at our Waitakere Hospital, decent and affordable housing for all, safe streets, great local schools, and thriving businesses. For that we need a Labour-led government that will do everything it can to give people the opportunity to get ahead through their hard work and talents.
About me
I have spent my life working for fairness and opportunity, as a union organiser, journalist, NGO leader, and then as a politician. I have always backed the underdog. I'm a patriotic Kiwi and want this country to be as good as it can be, and it's already pretty awesome. I live in Te Atatū with my wife Jo. We have a grown up son who now has his own family. Auckland has always been my home. My mission in political life is to help get the city's transport and infrastructure challenges sorted out.
Party list rank
4
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
Advocacy director, Oxfam International
Place of residence
Te Atatu Peninsula
Age
57
2017 Result
Won Te Atatū
5
Megan Woods
Megan Woods
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
5
First entered Parliament
2011
2017 Result
Won Wigram
6
Chris Hipkins
Chris Hipkins
Labour Party
My local priorities
Progress upgrade work for our local schools and the Hutt Hospital. Support local projects that will create jobs like the Naenae Pool rebuild, the sports academy at the old CIT. Upgrade local transport infrastructure including double tracking the train line, upgrading SH58 and rebuilding Melling.
Why I’m running
I'm running for re-election to parliament because I believe that every New Zealander deserves the opportunity to fulfil their full potential in life and I believe that government has a role in making sure they get it. I'm passionate about quality public services like health and education. I want my kids to grow up in a country that values and celebrates diversity, fosters an culture of caring and respect for one another, and safeguards the future.
About me
I have a proven track record as an effective and active local member of parliament. I've served as a senior Minister on the current government as Minister of Education, Minister of State Services, Leader of the House and most recently as Minister of Health.
Party list rank
6
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
Public servant / policy advisor
Place of residence
Upper Hutt
Age
42
2017 Result
Won Rimutaka
7
Andrew Little
Andrew Little
List MPList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
Jacinda Ardern and Labour have led a decisive response to Covid-19 that saved lives and positions New Zealand for a strong economic recovery. Only Labour has the plan to keep New Zealanders safe, create high-wage jobs and support our job creators, rid the country of child poverty; and make the transition to a clean, green, carbon-neutral economy. The rebuild is already in motion and now is no time to slow down. I'm standing as part of Jacinda's team to keep New Zealand moving.
About me
Justice has always driven me, from fairness and freedom from discrimination for all, to good jobs, decent wages and safe workplaces, and a warm dry home for everyone. In Jacinda Ardern's team I've been responsible for reforms to the justice system so we can have less criminal offending, less re-offending and fewer victims of crime who are better supported. There is much still to do, so we're asking for Kiwis' support for Labour to get on with the job.
Party list rank
7
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Lawyer and union leader
Place of residence
Wellington
Age
55
2017 Result
Did not stand
8
Carmel Sepuloni
Carmel Sepuloni
Labour Party
My local priorities
Warm, dry, healthy and affordable housing. Jobs and income adequacy. Access to quality education and health services.
Why I’m running
I am aspirational for New Zealanders and New Zealand but I've lived and seen the impact of inequality on individuals, whanau and communities. We undermine our potential as a country when large numbers of our citizens aren't valued and/ or when they don't have the opportunity to contribute. Social and economic development are not mutually exclusive – we need both to be equally weighted as priorities. Our government has done a lot to address inequalities. I'm passionate about continuing this work.
About me
All of my working life has been committed to the education, health and social sectors. As the first person in my family to go to university and get a degree, I was always cognisant of the role I could and should play in giving back to others. Growing up I was an at risk youth, taken in by a school principal. I've been a sole parent on the DPB, a teacher, a manager, a CEO and a cabinet minister. I want others to feel supported to realise their potential, the same way in which I have.
Party list rank
8
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
CEO of Vaka Tautua
Place of residence
Titirangi
Age
43
2017 Result
Won Kelston
9
David Parker
David Parker
List MPList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
9
First entered Parliament
2002
2017 Result
3rd in Epsom
10
Nanaia Mahuta
Nanaia Mahuta
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
10
First entered Parliament
1996
2017 Result
Won Hauraki-Waikato
11
Trevor Mallard
Trevor Mallard
List MPList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
Because I think it is important that parliament has experienced members to help hold governments to account. NZ is doing well but in my opinion the next five years are going to be vital in the shaping of a fair society. I would like to play my part in that.
About me
I've lived in Wainuiomata for the majority of my life, I feel part of the community and think that as a result of that my communication with a wide variety of people is unmediated and therefore very useful.
Party list rank
11
First entered Parliament
1984
Before politics
Community education organiser
Place of residence
Wainuiomata
Age
66
2017 Result
Did not stand
12
Stuart Nash
Stuart Nash
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
12
First entered Parliament
2008
2017 Result
Won Napier
13
Jenny Salesa
Jenny Salesa
Labour Party
My local priorities
Ensure our protections against Covid-19 are comprehensive and robust to safeguard New Zealanders' good health. Assist our people to access the support and opportunities Labour's rebuild plan offers to preserve their economic health. Continue to push for safe, healthy homes for all who need them – housing is still a major issue for our electorate.
Why I’m running
A Tongan-born New Zealander, I was brought up with the values of service and hard work. My parents' example plus my commitment to social justice and equal opportunities led me to politics, where I could make a difference in hardworking Kiwis' lives. Covid-19 has taught me Kiwis are a marvellous team of 5 million that will unite to ensure we all thrive. I am proud to be part of Jacinda Ardern's government which has been leading that team and I wish to continue our work towards a better future.
About me
I am a mother of two, living with my husband and extended family in Panmure-Ōtāhuhu. I have BA/LLB degrees from the University of Auckland and 25 years' experience working in health and education as a public servant and with NGOs here and in the US, then as an MP. As a parent, I dream of my children growing up in a New Zealand where everyone gets a fair go and we look after each other. As an MP, I advocate for that dream, working for all people and not just the few.
Party list rank
13
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Principal advisor, TEC
Place of residence
Panmure-Ōtāhuhu
Age
52
2017 Result
Won Manukau East
14
Damien O'Connor
Damien O'Connor
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
14
First entered Parliament
1993
2017 Result
Won West Coast-Tasman
15
Kris Faafoi
Kris Faafoi
MP for ManaList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
15
First entered Parliament
2010
2017 Result
Won Mana
16
David Clark
David Clark
Labour Party
My local priorities
Create a fairer society, because everyone can focus on a better future when they have food, shelter and opportunity. Take action on climate to ensure our future. Ensure affordable and equitable access to justice, education and healthcare.
Why I’m running
We pride ourselves on belonging to a fair society. I believe the gap between rich and poor must stop growing. Every child should be able to access a world class education at their local school. Everyone should have access to high quality affordable healthcare. I'll fight for action on climate change. I believe New Zealand can and must seize the opportunities presented by a low-carbon future. And I have and will continue to fight for local causes: Invermay, CODE and the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.
About me
Since 2011, I have been an electorate MP in Dunedin. Previously, I was Warden at Selwyn College in Castle Street. I've worked on farms and in factories, as a Presbyterian minister and celebrant, as a Treasury analyst, and I've served on the Otago Community Trust. I'm proud to have served as Health Minister in the first government to take mental health seriously. I started a new cancer agency, made doctors' visits cheaper, secured record funding for Pharmac, hospital rebuilds and health services.
Party list rank
16
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Warden, Selwyn College, Castle St
Place of residence
Opoho, Dunedin
Age
47
2017 Result
Won Dunedin North
17
Ayesha Verrall
Ayesha Verrall
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
I believe our successful response to the Covid-19 response is as much about good leadership as it is about science. I'm standing to continue to contribute to the fight against Covid, as it still exists beyond our shores. I want to promote stronger efforts to prevent illness and ensure restructuring of our health system delivers a fair, accessible, convenient and modern care for New Zealanders. I am a proud Labour member because I share the vision of an inclusive society where everyone is valued.
About me
I grew up in Te Anau and attended medical school at the University of Otago. I worked as a junior doctor in Wellington before completing my specialist training in Singapore and Indonesia. I am an infectious diseases specialist and medical school lecturer. In 2019 I was elected to the Capital and Coast District Health Board. During the Covid-19 pandemic response, I gave expert advise to improve New Zealand's contact tracing. I live in Wellington with my partner Alice and our 7 year old daughter.
Party list rank
17
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Doctor
Place of residence
Wellington Central
Age
41
2017 Result
Did not stand
18
Peeni Henare
Peeni Henare
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
18
First entered Parliament
2014
2017 Result
Won Tāmaki Makaurau
19
Willie Jackson
Willie Jackson
List MPList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
19
First entered Parliament
1999
2017 Result
Did not stand
20
Aupito William Sio
Aupito William Sio
Labour Party
My local priorities
More local groups accessing funding support for STEAM programmes to increase youth and family participation. More local families to set a goal of owning their own home, and accessing the progressive home ownership programmes. More Pacific young people thriving in confidence with their Pacific languages and cultures.
Why I’m running
I want to continue driving Labour's Pacific wellbeing agenda and ensure Pacific peoples are the authors of their own solutions, and leading their economic recovery and rebuild. I want to see more Pacific young people unlock their fullest potential by fully embracing the opportunities the digital economy offers so they can thrive and prosper. I want to see more Pacific people's own their own home. I want to underpin this work by the strength of Pacific values captured by our Pacific languages.
About me
It has been my privilege to serve as the MP for Mangere since 2008. In 2017, I was sworn in also as the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Associate Minister for Courts, and Associate Minister for Justice. As Minister for Pacific Peoples I have driven a Pacific wellbeing plan to achieve thriving and prosperous Pacific communities. I have worked alongside the Prime Minister and the Minister for Foreign Affairs to amplify the voices of the Pacific nations on climate change issues. I grew up Southside.
Party list rank
20
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
Deputy mayor for Manukau City
Place of residence
Mangere
Age
59
2017 Result
Won Māngere
21
Poto Williams
Poto Williams
Labour Party
My local priorities
Create a violence free Aotearoa NZ where our children are safe and thriving and reach their full potential. Build strong, thriving and resilient communities, where we all feel welcome, we all have a voice and we are all loved. End the inequity that exists for women, our indigenous and ethnic peoples, the gender diverse and marginalised groups.
Why I’m running
I have had the privilege of serving the community and I know how important a thriving community is to the health, wellbeing and resilience of us all. The recent Lockdown demonstrated how we care for each other. I believe many solutions to long term problems such as family violence, lie in strengthening our communities and the NGO sector. I also come to Parliament to do what I can to make Aotearoa a safe place for our kids to thrive and reach their full potential.
About me
I'm a mum and grandmum and spent much of my professional life serving in various community roles. I'm a keen (if uninformed) sports watcher, though my days of playing are mostly behind me, I keep fit by jogging as many days as I can down the beautiful Marine Parade. I hold an MBA and started my DBA, but gave this study away to serve the people of Christchurch East. My family came from the Cook Islands in the late 1950's and I am Cook Island Kiwi, supporting the Christchurch Pacific community.
Party list rank
21
First entered Parliament
2013
Before politics
Reg mgr. Waipuna (St John of God)
Place of residence
Waimairi Beach
Age
58
2017 Result
Won Christchurch East
22
Vanushi Walters
Vanushi Walters
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Upper Harbour electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Work to ensure jobs are protected and new work opportunities created to keep people in fair, meaningful employment. Work to ensure everyone can access affordable, healthy homes with security of tenure because housing is a right. Ensure everyone can access legal help when they need it because access to justice is a critical function of democracy.
Why I’m running
I want Upper Harbour to have a strong voice in government, and to ensure that decisions taken at a national level make sense locally. Upper Harbour is a diverse electorate covering communities with shared interests and concerns but also unique interests and concerns. I have a track record of working on the ground, listening, and actively seeking community views. I will be a strong voice in government for Upper Harbour residents if elected and intend to keep a close ear to the ground.
About me
I've worked in private legal practice, the public sector, and the not for profit sector for fifteen years. I've worked both in Aotearoa and internationally and have developed a diverse skill set including in legal practice, senior management, policy development and governance. At present I'm a senior manager at the Human Rights Commission, a director of a legal practice and a trustee at Foundation North, New Zealand's largest community trust, funding projects in Auckland and Northland.
Party list rank
22
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Manager, NZ HRC and director, Cogent Law
Place of residence
West Auckland
Age
38
2017 Result
Did not stand
23
Michael Wood
Michael Wood
Labour Party
My local priorities
Build healthy and affordable housing for people in our community. Every local family deserves a decent place to live. Real transport choice for local residents. The only way we beat congestion is with modern high quality public transport. Action on climate change and protecting our environment. The biggest challenge our generation faces; we must take action.
Why I’m running
I am an optimist and a progressive. People working together have the power to change things for the better and that is why I am involved in politics as a Labour MP. Over recent months we have seen what our country can achieve with caring leadership and when we put the wellbeing of people first. In my beloved Mt Roskill and across NZ I want to see this approach continue to deal with the big issues we face such as climate change, decent housing for all, and giving every child a good start in life.
About me
Mt Roskill is my home. I've lived here for many years and served the community in a range of roles meaning that I have plenty of experience to draw upon to represent local people and give Mt Roskill a strong voice in government. As local MP I am committed to being accessible and open and giving my time and energy to people from across our diverse communities. I am guided by core values including justice and dignity for all people, and the need to build strong inclusive communities together.
Party list rank
23
First entered Parliament
2016
Before politics
Local Board member
Place of residence
Waikowhai
Age
40
2017 Result
Won Mt Roskill
24
Adrian Rurawhe
Adrian Rurawhe
Labour Party
My local priorities
Create employment opportunities and training opportunities leading to jobs for Māori, in Te Tai Hauāuru. Build the Māori economy, by creating opportunities in trade, business development, tourism and joint ventures. Remove all health inequities for Māori.
Why I’m running
After being chair of my Iwi for 10 years, I understood very clearly that to make policy changes that address the issues facing whānau, hapū, and iwi, you have to be part of the parliamentary process. I decided that I could best address these issues as a member of parliament.
About me
I have lived in Te Tai Hauāuru for most of my life. For more than 20 years before entering Parliament, I worked for kaupapa Māori organisations, as well as being chair of Te Runanga o Ngāti Apa. I have also been involved in political party activities for most of my adult life. I believe I have the understanding and empathy to effectively represent the issues and aspirations that are important to whānau, hapū and iwi.
Party list rank
24
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Business manager
Place of residence
Whangaehu
Age
58
2017 Result
Won Te Tai Hauāuru
25
Kiri Allan
Kiri Allan
Labour Party
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
Place of residence
Gisborne
2017 Result
2nd in East Coast
26
Kieran McAnulty
Kieran McAnulty
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continue to support small business and promote job opportunities and training as we rebuild from Covid-19. Complete the transport and infrastructure upgrades already started by Labour, including road and rail improvements. Continue the progress we have made on building social houses in the electorate.
Why I’m running
It's been an honour to be a list MP since 2017 and I am grateful to have been given the chance to do what I love most – getting out and about, having a yarn and delivering on things people care about. I am now asking you to support me with your vote to become your local electorate MP. It is time Wairarapa had an MP at the heart of government. Electing me as the MP for Wairarapa will mean I will get more resources to better represent you and our vast electorate.
About me
I care passionately about our region, with deep roots in Wairarapa going back seven generations. I am motivated by the opportunity to make the areas within the Wairarapa electorate (Wairarapa, the Tararua District and Central Hawke's Bay) thrive and prosper, having already secured support like: $7.11m for water storage; $176m for Wairarapa rail line; expanding youth mental health services; $2.5m for the expansion of Pukaha National Wildlife Centre, and $20m for the Route 52 upgrade (CHB).
Party list rank
26
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Economic development manager
Place of residence
Masterton
Age
35
2017 Result
2nd in Wairarapa
27
Louisa Wall
Louisa Wall
MP for ManurewaList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
27
First entered Parliament
2008
2017 Result
Won Manurewa
28
Meka Whaitiri
Meka Whaitiri
Labour Party
My local priorities
Housing for our whānau who need them. Ensure our whānau have jobs. Deal with our meth problem.
Why I’m running
My goal is to ensure Māori have a chance to own their own businesses, be their own bosses, employ whānau and receive a sustainable income. Together we can do this: Ko Tātou Ko Ikaroa-Rāwhiti.
About me
Tēnā Koutou, Ko Meka Whaitiri tōku ingoa. He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Kahungunu me ngā iwi o Te Tairāwhiti. Ko au the Mema Pāremata mō Ikaroa-Rāwhiti. I have a passion for Māori governance and sound knowledge of how government and parliament work.
Party list rank
28
First entered Parliament
2013
Before politics
Senior adviser for Māori affairs
Place of residence
Hawke's Bay
2017 Result
Won Ikaroa-Rāwhiti
29
Rino Tirikatene
Rino Tirikatene
Labour Party
My local priorities
Ensure the Government's Covid-19 economic recovery plan is implemented across Te Tai Tonga. Promote Māori partnership and delivery of government outcomes across Te Tai Tonga. Advocate protection and recognition of Treaty rights across all spheres.
Why I’m running
I want to continue my mahi to advocate for Māori rights and wellbeing through laws and policies as a Labour MP. This needs to be based on a Treaty partnership. The Labour Party core values and Kaupapa Māori are aligned. These values have been an important part in my whānau and to Māori. I believe in Māori development; for me, that has always been about enabling Māori to live the life they want to live by extending the range of opportunities and choices open to them to do so.
About me
I'm a son of the South. Te Tai Tonga is part of my whakapapa and is where I choose to serve. I have deep connections across Ngāi Tahu on my paternal side, and to Ngāti Hine in the far North on my maternal side. I am a passionate believer in Māori development and social justice. Prior to entering parliament I have over fourteen years' experience working in Māori business development roles including engagements as a consultant and commercial lawyer. I am a proud father of three children.
Party list rank
29
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Consultant
Place of residence
Johnsonville, Wellington
Age
47
2017 Result
Won Te Tai Tonga
30
Camilla Belich
Camilla Belich
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Epsom electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Support initiatives that will lead to job creation and retraining within Epsom and the wider Auckland region. Implement policies that improve transport options in and out of Epsom, including public transport and infrastructure. Work with local boards and Auckland Council to support cleaner environments and waterways within Epsom.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for Parliament because I believe we have more work to do to build a fairer, kinder and more equal New Zealand for our children and grandchildren. I have spent my life standing up for others as a young person, a student and, for the past 13 years, as a lawyer. I'm committed to progressive change and advocating for our communities and our environment. I hope (if elected) that I would be able to make a difference on these important issues.
About me
I have always been active in campaigning for issues I care about and I know that lasting change comes from working together. I grew up in Wellington, spent 7 years living and working in London and now live with my family in Auckland. I have spent my career working as an employment lawyer both in private practice and as an in-house solicitor. My work has primarily been representing trade unions and their members.
Party list rank
30
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Lawyer
Place of residence
Auckland
Age
37
2017 Result
Did not stand
31
Priyanca Radhakrishnan
Priyanca Radhakrishnan
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continue to advocate for investment in local schools, housing and access to healthcare. Advocate for good quality community spaces, particularly areas like Mt Wellington that hasn't got one. Work with local communities to ensure they have equitable access to mental health and addictions services.
Why I’m running
I want to contribute to making New Zealand a truly egalitarian nation, where everyone is able to access decent, secure work; good quality healthcare and a great education that enables them to success; a warm, dry home to live in and where everyone feels safe at home, at work and on the streets. I believe everyone should be able to live with dignity.
About me
I have lived and worked in Aotearoa New Zealand and overseas. I have spent my working life advocating on behalf of groups of people whose voices are often unheard – victim/survivors of domestic violence and migrant workers who have been exploited. I have also worked closely with different ethnic communities in my role as the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities. I'm started my working life in Maungakiekie and passionate about the local communities I serve.
Party list rank
31
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Social worker and policy analyst
Age
41
2017 Result
2nd in Maungakiekie
32
Jan Tinetti
Jan Tinetti
Labour Party
My local priorities
Ensure the Tauranga economy is well placed to recover, rebuild and thrive from and after the Covid crisis. Secure housing. To really feel a sense of belonging in Tauranga people need to have access to secure housing. Reduce congestion by taking a multi-modal approach – a combination of roads, cycle ways, walkways and public transport.
Why I’m running
I love Tauranga and am honoured to have had the opportunity over the past three years to represent the locals on issues that matter to them and identify areas of change to make things better. As we rebuild after Covid-19, I will be a strong advocate for investment in Tauranga. I will continue to advocate for a quality, public education system to ensure all New Zealand learners have the opportunity to be the best they can be.
About me
I am delighted to be Labour's candidate for Tauranga as part of Jacinda Ardern's team. I am a staunch defender of our quality public education system. Every New Zealander deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential and it is the responsibility of the government to ensure services are provided to achieve this goal. I am passionate and energetic about the values at the heart of the Labour party.
Party list rank
32
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Principal, Merivale School
Place of residence
Matua, Tauranga
Age
52
2017 Result
2nd in Tauranga
33
Deborah Russell
Deborah Russell
Labour Party
My local priorities
More housing, especially more social and community housing, to give people more security. Better resourcing for our schools so that all of our kids get a better start, especially kids with extra learning needs. Work on kauri dieback, including safely reopening tracks in the Waitakere Ranges so that we can all walk there again.
Why I’m running
If we're going to have a fair and equal society, then we need to do tangible things to make sure that everyone has a chance. Things like providing excellent health and education and housing, and a decent welfare system for the hard times. If people have that basic security, then they can be full citizens in our country. That's what I want to work towards as an MP – making sure that each of us has what we need to flourish as equals in our society.
About me
I started out as an accountant, and then studied political theory, ending up with a PhD in Philosophy. With that mixed background, I became an expert in tax, and I've published a book, Tax and Fairness with co-author Terry Baucher. So I bring expertise in tax, business, and economics to my job. I live in the middle of the New Lynn electorate which gives me a deep understanding of local issues, and I work hard to connect with the amazing number of different community groups out west in Auckland.
Party list rank
33
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Lecturer in Taxation
Place of residence
Titirangi
Age
54
2017 Result
Did not stand
34
Marja Lubeck
Marja Lubeck
Labour Party
My local priorities
Maintain the momentum of the rebuild/economy recovery post-Covid-19. Jobs. Getting our fair share of infrastructure spend. Continue support to reduce household expenses for those in need e.g. winter energy payment, reduce doctors fees. Access to healthcare.
Why I’m running
It's a great privilege to get the chance to represent people on the issues that matter to them; identifying what should change and how to make things better. Standing up for the more vulnerable in our community, giving people a voice and bringing their issues to the attention of decision makers is something I am very proud of. I believe in fairness, equal opportunities and giving our kids the best possible start in life so they can have access to good jobs, decent working conditions, fair wages.
About me
Living locally in the Kaipara ki Mahurangi electorate, I am very aware of the issues that matter to our community. When people talk to me about congestion on our roads or how the growth of our towns is adding to the pressures on our schools, health care facilities, and environment, I understand. I see it and experience it too. I have worked hard for my entire life, and am now using my professional experience, knowledge, and the skills I have developed over the years, to make a real difference.
Party list rank
34
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Head of Aviation E tu and Air NZ FA
Place of residence
Rodney
Age
55
2017 Result
2nd in Rodney
35
Angie Warren-Clark
Angie Warren-Clark
Labour Party
My local priorities
Housing: affordability and availability – we all deserve somewhere warm, dry and secure to call home. Jobs: Covid-19 has impacted us all. I want our city filled with high value jobs, we need to lose the '$10 Tauranga' tag. The Environment: empty seas, barren land, polluted waterways damages NZ Inc. Let's live up to our 100 percent pure image.
Why I’m running
I am running for the BOP electorate to ensure that Labour values which support our people, our environment and our economy are represented in Parliament. I believe that we all deserve to live in a country which provides a safety-net when times are tough and supports us all to thrive. I will continue to represent the people of the BOP. In particular, ensure that we benefit from central government opportunities and that our people remain the heart of my work. Being an MP has been a privilege.
About me
I ran for parliament in 2017 because, as the manager of Tauranga Women's Refuge, I saw first hand the reality of peoples lives. I saw the harsh reality of the failure to support our most vulnerable – I saw unprecedented homelessness, run down education and health services. Our Refuge had not has an increase in funding for 9 years. I was fundraising to pay staff wages to support our families. I went to parliament to speak up for those silenced – to make a difference for them.
Party list rank
35
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Manager of Tauranga Women's Refuge
Place of residence
Papamoa
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
36
Willow-Jean Prime
Willow-Jean Prime
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
36
First entered Parliament
2017
2017 Result
3rd in Northland
37
Tamati Coffey
Tamati Coffey
Labour Party
My local priorities
My priority for Māori, post-Covid, is to ensure jobs and training opportunities are available for those that need it. Make sure that we continue to focus on housing opportunities for everyone including on Māori land. Make sure that Government continues to engage in partnerships with Māori, enabling rangatiratanga.
About me
As the MP for Waiariki for nearly three years, I've been part of a Government that has delivered well over $2 billion worth of direct investment into our region, delivering partnerships with Māori, jobs for our people and part of bringing a new brand of kindness to politics.
Party list rank
37
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Small business owner / broadcaster
Place of residence
Hinemoa Point, Rotorua
Age
40
2017 Result
Won Waiariki
38
Naisi Chen
Naisi Chen
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Botany electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Civic participation: encourage Botany to vote and raise their voice. True representation: be as accessible to everyone in the electorate. Transport: upgrade and quicken East Auckland's connection to the city and airport.
Why I’m running
The New Zealand that supported me to thrive as a 1.5 generation migrant unfortunately no longer exists. When Labour last left office, schools were well funded, access to healthcare was equitable and effective, and public transport was encouraged. I want to bring real representation because Botany deserves an MP who's present and accessible. The voice of the next generation also needs to be heard in parliament as we make decisions for the future and uphold equality in a post-Covid world.
About me
I am a third-culture kid – meaning I grew up in a culture not the same of my parents, so I'm passionate about bringing a diversity of age, gender, ethnicity and background into governance boards. I sit on the board of Foundation North, APO and Youth Advisory Group of Philanthropy New Zealand which together with my legal background in employment and criminal law have deeply grounded me into the community and hope to create a better environment for NFP organisations to thrive.
Party list rank
38
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business consultant/public servant
Place of residence
Flatbush
Age
26
2017 Result
2nd in East Coast Bays
39
Jo Luxton
Jo Luxton
Labour Party
My local priorities
Advocate for the community's needs as they arise, it's really important to listen to the community first and foremost. Continue to support local business as we recover from Covid-19. Advocate for infrastructure investment in our area to create meaningful jobs and stimulate our local economy.
Why I’m running
I am passionate about education, particularly early childhood education. This government has made some excellent progress in the education space, including building and upgrading more than 1,000 classrooms across the country, and I am really keen to see more work done for the early childhood sector. I'm also passionate about seeing investment in the regions, they missed out a lot until this government came in and I want see continued support for them especially as we recover from Covid-19.
About me
I am 100 percent committed to this community, it is my home and I have lived here for over 24 years. I have sent my children to the local schools, I have a business here. I have had experiences in my life that hold me in good stead to represent people from all walks of life, I've been a single parent that struggled financially, having to use the food bank many times, I've studied as an adult and then built and owned my own business. I understand this community and will continue to work hard for it.
Party list rank
39
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
ECE centre owner and teacher
Place of residence
Hinds
Age
47
2017 Result
2nd in Rangitata
40
Jamie Strange
Jamie Strange
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continue the economic growth we have seen over the past three years, in a smart, sustainable manner. Support the Covid-19 health response. Support the Covid-19 economic recovery.
Why I’m running
I am proud to be part of a Labour Party that stands for aspiration, opportunity, and helping hard-working kiwis get ahead. I am a married father of four, and a former school teacher and church minister. Living in Chartwell, I am an active member of the Hamilton East community. My family and I enjoy being out and about on weekends, visiting Hamilton's many parks, river cycle ways, and playing sports.
About me
Key achievements over the past three years: nationwide polytechnic headquarters in Hamilton $70m; Hamilton to Auckland passenger rail service (starting November 2020). $1b completion of the Waikato Expressway between Hamilton and Auckland; Criminal Cases Review Commission headquarters in Hamilton; $310m 10,000-house Peacocke housing development infrastructure; $12m 1300-seat Waikato Regional Theatre; $100m new mental health facility at Waikato Hospital; $16m roading investment to unlock Ruakura Inland Port.
Party list rank
40
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Intermediate school music teacher
Place of residence
Chartwell
Age
44
2017 Result
2nd in Hamilton East
41
Liz Craig
Liz Craig
Labour Party
My local priorities
Ensure a strong local economy and that Southland businesses continue to thrive in a post-Covid environment. Ensure Southland has enough social housing to meet our community's needs. Protect and restore our lakes, rivers and estuaries, and in particular Invercargill's New River Estuary.
Why I’m running
Before entering politics, I spent a decade monitoring the health of NZ's children. In that time I saw how years of underinvestment had played out in their lives. Thousands of children living in poverty and many hospitalized for poverty related diseases. I saw the same underinvestment impacting our region. Health services struggling with lack of funding, state houses sold off, and young people leaving for jobs elsewhere. I believed only an effective government could turn this situation around.
About me
My time as a child health advocate taught me achieving change is possible, but it takes hard work, a team approach and a clear vision of the task ahead. Since becoming a MP, I've met with thousands of Southlanders and in advocating for their needs, have come to appreciate the strength of our community and the importance of a government that invests in our region. Covid-19 means challenges lie ahead to protect people and rebuild our economy and I will continue to advocate strongly for our region.
Party list rank
41
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Public health doctor
Place of residence
Invercargill
Age
53
2017 Result
2nd in Invercargill
42
Ibrahim Omer
Ibrahim Omer
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
I know what it’s like to be a refugee. I know what it’s like to be a minimum wage worker seeking decent wages. I know what it feels like to be a Muslim after 51 lives were lost to a racist attack. There is a large portion of New Zealanders who are also familiar with these experiences. I feel it is important that we have representation in parliament that reflects this, and can help reshape the system to better suit our society.
About me
I came to New Zealand as a refugee from Eritrea, a country in East Africa that is controlled by an oppressive regime. After arriving here my struggle continued, but it was a different kind of struggle – I worked as a cleaner and did two full time jobs to save money for university. I now work as a trade union organiser and a refugee advocate, and I am committed to improving the lives of those who are often overlooked.
Party list rank
42
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Trade unionist campaign organiser
Place of residence
Newtown
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand
43
Duncan Webb
Duncan Webb
Labour Party
My local priorities
A vibrant and prosperous inner city which is attractive for people to live in, to work in, and to visit. Address issues of inequality in wealth and housing so that everyone can live with dignity in a home of their own. Work towards a city that is sustainable where the best transport options are available including walking and cycling.
Why I’m running
I aspire to a society where everyone can thrive. That means helping each other out in times of need, and aiming higher than just getting by.
About me
Prior to entering parliament, I was a professor, lawyer, and social activist. I represented homeowners and businesses in struggles with insurers and EQC after the earthquakes. I live in St Albans with my family and have advocated policies that promote Christchurch Central as a place to live as well as work. I believe thriving businesses supported by good government policy are essential to building a just society that cares for all.
Party list rank
43
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Lawyer / professor of law
Place of residence
St Albans
Age
53
2017 Result
Won Christchurch Central
44
Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki
Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki
Labour Party
My local priorities
Improve the standard of housing and accessibility to affordable homes. Higher wages to improve the standard of living. Create jobs by promoting and encouraging development in Papakura, like the recent fast-tracked rail and roading upgrades.
Why I’m running
I believe that having a warm and dry home has a direct impact on health and wellbeing, that's why housing, health and jobs are my priorities. I'm working hard to bring these issues to parliament and help promote positive, lasting change.
About me
I have a working background in social services, leading teams around the country and working with some of our most vulnerable people. This is what fuelled me to move into politics, I wanted to roll up my sleeves and get things done.
Party list rank
44
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Managerial roles at Oranga Tamariki
Place of residence
Onehunga
Age
51
2017 Result
Did not stand
45
Ginny Andersen
Ginny Andersen
Labour Party
My local priorities
Housing – ensure warm, dry homes continue to be built in the Hutt through the retrofit programme and state house build. Health – build on the investment in maternal and mental health services to ensure the best possible care is provided . Transport – invest in transport projects to get traffic off Petone Esplanade and improve public transport links.
Why I’m running
I had all the basics I needed as a kid – a warm home, the love of my family and the opportunity to learn. I became an MP because I believe everyone deserves the same. I'm proud to have fought for better housing in the Hutt, investment in maternity services, a new mental health unit, and the full-funding of Melling Link. I will continue to fight for people in the Hutt to ensure our homes are warm and dry, our health system is reliable, our infrastructure is modernised, and our people have jobs.
About me
I went to nine different schools. Mum and Dad taught in rural schools doing their country service. I saw how they were able to change someone's life for the better and that has always motivated me to do the same. Prior to becoming an MP, I was with the Police delivering action plans to reduce the harm associated with gangs, organised crime and methamphetamine. I saw first-hand the need for a criminal justice system that ensures less offending, less re-offending, and fewer victims of crime.
Party list rank
45
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Policy manager, NZ Police
Place of residence
Belmont, Lower Hutt
Age
45
2017 Result
2nd in Hutt South
46
Rachel Brooking
Rachel Brooking
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
New Zealand needs to both plan for climate change adaptation and do better at mitigation. I want to contribute to getting the policy settings right and empowering communities to plan beyond a three-year election cycle. I'm a fan of the well-being budget and want all New Zealander's to have the opportunity to live their best life through great public education and health systems, a healthy environment, a fair justice system, and welfare for those in need and support for our most vulnerable.
About me
I'm an expert in resource management and local government law having worked in this sector since 2000. I have always been involved in community organisations, including the Otago University Students' Association. This has led to an involvement in governance with current positions as a director of Dunedin Airport and the University Book Shop (Otago). I'm very interested in how business can contribute to a sustainable NZ. I'm a fan of the south and live in Dunedin with my husband and 3 children.
Party list rank
46
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Senior associate, Anderson Lloyd
Place of residence
St Clair, Dunedin
Age
44
2017 Result
Did not stand
47
Paul Eagle
Paul Eagle
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continue to work hard for Rongotai jobs and businesses as we recover from Covid-19. Advocate for infrastructure improving transport and the environment, including addressing impacts of climate change. Increase affordable housing and dry, warm, safe public and rental housing for Rongotai whanau.
Why I’m running
It's been a privilege to serve the diverse communities of Wellington's eastern and southern suburbs and Chatham Islands. I'm proud of what I've achieved, particularly in supporting hundreds of locals with issues such as immigration, housing, the environment and ensuring the Chatham's airport is extended, better broadband and renewable energy. I will continue to advocate for Rongotai and help implement Labour's plans to rebuild our post-Covid economy to create a better future for everyone.
About me
I grew up and live in Rongotai. This part of Wellington is in my blood. I'm known for being visible, accessible, approachable, and a strong advocate on issues that matter to our communities. I was a city councillor for South Wellington and deputy mayor before parliament – this experience bridging government, businesses and communities has been critical in my MP role representing Rongotai's interests. I'm proud to stand in a Labour team that puts people at the heart of our recovery and rebuild.
Party list rank
47
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Wellington's deputy mayor
Place of residence
Island Bay
Age
48
2017 Result
Won Rongotai
48
Helen White
Helen White
Labour Party
My local priorities
Seek practical support from government for Auckland that will make it thrive. Make sure people keep their jobs and keep businesses afloat. Seek support for projects that will positively impact on the environment.
Why I’m running
I grew up in Auckland Central at a time it was affordable and inclusive. I want to make sure it is a great place to live for people on all incomes. Right now it couldn't be more important for it to have a strong advocate in Wellington making sure that its residents are supported in really practical ways, which will support small businesses, affordable housing, public transport and environmentally significant projects.
About me
I grew up in Freemans Bay. I work in the city as a barrister in employment law. These things have given me lots of insight into what my communities needs from central government to grow stronger. Being the kind of lawyer I am has also given me skill I hope would make me a great person to come and see if a person needed their MP's help. If elected I will focus on the needs of those in the electorate because I see that as an important part of the role of the constituent MP.
Party list rank
48
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Barrister, employment law
Place of residence
Morningside
Age
52
2017 Result
2nd in Auckland Central
49
Barbara Edmonds
Barbara Edmonds
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Mana electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Support and advocate for Mana through the rebuild and recovery post-Covid-19. Especially for SMEs and our families. Advocate for policies and initiatives that strengthen our local economy e.g. housing, education, business and healthcare. Champion local infrastructure projects e.g. Transmission Gully, Porirua regeneration, three waters reform.
Why I’m running
Quality local education, access to 24/7 health care and affordable, warm, safe and dry homes are the basics that I want for my family. This is what drives me to ensure that these opportunities are available for all. The next few years will be challenging for our country as we recover from Covid-19. Labour has a comprehensive economic rebuild and recovery plan to deal with the impacts of a one in 100 year global economic shock. We need that kind of leadership to keep New Zealand moving.
About me
Mana needs a strong local voice to advocate for us as we recover post-Covid-19. I've lived in Porirua for over a decade with my husband and 8 children. We are actively involved in local education and have advised, volunteered, coached, and managed at a number of our local clubs. I am a lawyer, and have worked in private insurance and the public sector, most recently as a senior advisor to a minister in Jacinda Ardern's cabinet. I am from the Mana community and for the Mana community.
Party list rank
49
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Public servant
Place of residence
Porirua
Age
39
2017 Result
Did not stand
50
Angela Roberts
Angela Roberts
Labour Party
My local priorities
Rebuild our rural infrastructure. We need better access to great healthcare, modern roads and transport, and healthy homes. Rejuvenate our education system. We must invest well and wisely to ensure we can rise to the unique challenges ahead. Reset our economy to achieve a sustainable, timely, just, and equitable transition to a future where we all thrive.
Why I’m running
The nation thrives when our farming communities are flourishing. I am committed to the rebuilding of our rural services and infrastructure. To remain vital, our small towns and farming communities need access to quality education and healthcare, decent work and good housing. These significant challenges require a collective approach – working with communities, farmers, iwi, and workers, and ensuring government resourcing, policy and legislative frameworks support progressive social change.
About me
I grew up in New Plymouth and studied business at Massey. I have worked in tourism, local government, and public education in Taranaki and served 4 years as PPTA president. I have engaged in the Just Transition conversation and bring a local perspective to the climate justice challenge. As an economics teacher and part of a community that has thrived because of the energy and dairy industries, I know the challenge of finding consensus around how we reset our economy to build a sustainable future.
Party list rank
50
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Secondary teacher
Place of residence
Tariki, Taranaki
Age
51
2017 Result
Did not stand
51
Shanan Halbert
Shanan Halbert
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Northcote electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Invest in our people through providing more trades training, tertiary and job opportunities locally. Boost housing availability for first home buyers, increasing social housing and improving the quality of rentals. Revitalise our local retail centres and supporting business, cafes and restaurants to drive our local economy.
Why I’m running
I bought my first house in Northcote 10 years ago and I've championed our community as Chair of the Birkdale Beach Haven Community Project. Labour's building over 1500 houses, the SkyPath has been fast-tracked for 2021 and we've invested over $5 million funding into local schools property and we're rebuilding Onepoto Primary and investing in $60m in Northcote College and much more. I love our local community and am invested in our future. But I can do even more if elected as our local MP.
About me
I've served over 10 years in leadership and management in universities, wānanga and trades training and I will use this experience to invest in our local priorities as the MP – investment in jobs and training, the economy, health and housing. I believe in investing in our people, local retail centres and boosting housing availability for first home buyers. I want our local schools to receive more resourcing and classrooms and I want to champion the delivery of SkyPath in 2021.
Party list rank
51
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Head of student experience, TWOA
Place of residence
Birkenhead
Age
38
2017 Result
Did not stand
52
Neru Leavasa
Neru Leavasa
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Takanini electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Investing into healthcare: in the midst of Covid-19 it is important to make sure that our healthcare system is strong. Investing into employment: we need to ensure our families are secure with employment or retraining for employment. Investing into housing and infrastructure: our electorate will see a major population growth so we need to plan ahead.
Why I’m running
I think it is the right time. I have lived and worked in south Auckland where many of our community members face much adversity. As a medical doctor, we are limited in the assistance we can offer families. However, our community requires much more support. We need advocates working outside the clinic walls toward equity and social justice. We need to support our communities to thrive. We need to ensure housing, education, job security and retraining needs are met. I hope I can help.
About me
I have lived in South Auckland for over 30 years. I love the diverse and colourful nature of our communities and Aotearoa as a whole. As a husband and father, I hope that we can create a place where our children grow up feeling valued and included. As a doctor on the front line of Covid-19, I understand how important it is for our families to first be safe. As a small business owner, I know that we must also look toward a strong economic response. I believe that together, we can make this happen.
Party list rank
52
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
GP doctor / Local Board member
Place of residence
South Auckland
Age
36
2017 Result
Did not stand
53
Tracey McLellan
Tracey McLellan
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Banks Peninsula electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Economic recovery from Covid-19. We will focus on people and jobs to grow our economy. Ensure our health response continues to be robust and keeps Covid-19 at the borders. Help support communities to reduce loneliness and build social affiliation and wellbeing.
Why I’m running
I am running for election because I can't think of anything more important than to represent the Banks Peninsula electorate in the next Labour government. Labour has a plan to lead our recovery and rebuild following the global pandemic and I'd love to contribute my skills to this team effort.
About me
I am committed to our communities. I have a background in science and a PhD in psychology. I made Christchurch my home in 2002 and I am the proud parent of two sons. I worked for a number of years in clinical research focusing on better understanding dementia and traumatic brain injury. Currently I organise and advocate for our nurses and I believe I can put my skills to good use for the people in Banks Peninsula.
Party list rank
53
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Organiser, NZNO
Place of residence
Central Christchurch
Age
50
2017 Result
Did not stand
54
Lemauga Lydia Sosene
Lemauga Lydia Sosene
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
As a local community leader, I want to continue to contribute to the highest level of leadership with the Labour caucus led by our prime minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern. I am ready to take that next step. It would be an enormous privilege to serve at the highest public level. New Zealand is the safest country to be living in through the Covid-19 pandemic. Aotearoa is one of the most beautiful countries in the globe.
About me
As a Labour list candidate, I have extensive skills to offer, having lived in diverse communities my whole life. I am a public servant with wide ranging leadership skills and understand what excellent team work is. I am extremely interested in policy development, policy formation and implementation. The political experience I have has been to serve my community and where possible help find effective solutions to their circumstances.
Party list rank
54
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Chair, Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board
Place of residence
Favona, Auckland.
2017 Result
Did not stand
55
Stephanie Lewis
Stephanie Lewis
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whanganui electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continuing to champion investment in the regions to create new jobs opportunities in a post-Covid environment. Ensuring access to quality health services and attracting and retaining health professionals in the regions. Building more healthy affordable homes for local families.
Why I’m running
My Dad dreamed of being a farmer, so my parents bought a bare-land block in Waverley. That dream slipped away because the farm was too dangerous to access in winter. The money my parents saved to build a home, went on lawyers' fees instead. I still remember the look on my parents' faces when they came home from court one day. That's when I decided when I grew up, I would do all I could to help them and people like them get a fairer go.
About me
I was born in Whanganui and grew up between the prison village in Kaitoke, where Dad worked as a prison officer, and my family's farm in Waverley. I have worked as an employment advocate, a lawyer, a senior advisor, and an investigator. Currently I chair Labour's economic development committee where I help develop policies to create jobs and raise incomes in our regions. I am hardworking, sincere, and focused on the issues that matter to the people of Whanganui, South Taranaki, and Stratford.
Party list rank
55
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Senior privacy advisor
Place of residence
Gonville
Age
32
2017 Result
2nd in Whanganui
56
Dan Rosewarne
Dan Rosewarne
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waimakariri electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Improve afterhours medical services within North Canterbury. Work with local and regional councils to improve public transport. Advocate for those facing financial hardship as a result of Covid-19.
Why I’m running
Several years ago, a cancer diagnosis turned my mild interest in politics into an unrelenting pursuit. After going through this experience, I want to give back. New Zealanders deserve the best treatment, they deserve compassion and they deserve a health system that puts them first. Living with cancer gives you a new perspective. In my case, it changed me for the better. That is why I am giving it my all to win back the Waimakariri seat for Labour this year!
About me
It's an absolute privilege to be here again, putting myself forward to stand in Waimakariri. I have lived here since 2005 with my wife and two young kids. I started my career in the trades then went on to have a successful career in the New Zealand Defence Force. My leadership ability has been proven through several deployments to Afghanistan and one to the Solomon Islands. One of my key roles this year has been working as part of the 'All of Government' response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Party list rank
56
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Officer, New Zealand Army
Place of residence
Woodend
Age
39
2017 Result
2nd in Waimakariri
57
Rachel Boyack
Rachel Boyack
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Nelson electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Advocate for decent well-paid jobs and education to support Nelson's economic recovery from Covid-19. Improve Nelson's infrastructure, including a new hospital, affordable housing, and better public transport. Work with local councils, business, iwi and the community to address climate change and protect our environment.
Why I’m running
I want Nelson to be a place of opportunity so that our young people can see a future in the region for them and their families. I know what it's like to be a renter and first home buyer in Nelson. I'll prioritise affordable housing and decent, well-paid jobs. I am motivated to protect our environment and address climate change, so that future generations can enjoy our stunning region. I will also be a champion for better mental health services in Nelson.
About me
I'm a local community leader and have worked and volunteered in the Nelson community. I sit on a number of local governance boards, and have experience working in employment, education, and health and safety. I'm a trained singer, have a music degree from the University of Auckland and am a former member of the New Zealand Youth Choir. I am chair of Labour's Policy Council. As your MP, I'll be a strong and positive voice for Nelson in a Jacinda Ardern Labour government.
Party list rank
57
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Health and safety coordinator
Place of residence
Nelson South
Age
40
2017 Result
2nd in Nelson
58
Arena Williams
Arena Williams
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Manurewa electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Ensuring that everyone in Manurewa has a warm dry home. Improving access to healthcare and championing investment in the Manukau Super Clinic. Making sure that Manurewa is central to Labour's plan to re-boot the economy.
Why I’m running
Manurewa is a special place and it needs a champion. That's why I'm standing to be Manurewa's representative and to re-elect Jacinda Ardern's Government. Our community united during this crisis to save lives. Now, Labour has the plan to rebuild and create jobs in Manurewa.
About me
I grew up on the Takanini side of town – my dad was a councillor here for many years and my mum is a local doctor down the road in Papakura who has looked after some Manurewa families for generations. Manurewa is where I will raise my kids, because I know that the things I value most, like kindness, fairness and community, are values which they will learn in this tight-knit community. I will be a champion for jobs, healthcare, education, and investment in Manurewa.
Party list rank
58
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Lawyer
Age
30
2017 Result
Did not stand
59
Ingrid Leary
Ingrid Leary
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taieri electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Establish a Senior's Commissioner and overhaul the Retirement Villages Act 2003 and the Code of Practice 2008. Get rail running again in Dunedin and position Hillside as a national cross-sector specialist engineering hub. Create social housing solutions for flood affected areas of Taieri which future proofs them from climate impacts.
Why I’m running
This election is incredibly important. Jacinda Ardern's Labour-led response to Covid-19 saved lives, livelihoods and our sense of community. Our biggest national issue now is when to open the borders, and I trust only Labour to make evidence-based decisions which put people first. Those who see the health and economic responses as separate issues will risk the lives of New Zealanders. Labour will lead a recovery that's fair to everyone and that will ultimately help close the inequality gap.
About me
I'm a mother-of-three with proven experience in law, journalism and public service. I've owned my own small business and know the difference that stable leadership, health and safety, and economic security makes to our lives and our children's lives. My Dad's working-class background and values, and family involvement in the union movements that shaped NZ, make me proud to call Dunedin South home and to seek to represent the many diverse communities which live within the Taieri boundaries.
Party list rank
59
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
NZ and Pacific Director, British Council
Place of residence
South Dunedin
Age
52
2017 Result
Did not stand
60
Soraya Peke-Mason
Soraya Peke-Mason
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitīkei electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Explore how to make passenger rail stops viable in Taumarunui, Marton and Waiouru by investigating domestic tourism opportunities. Explore how local government can be supported for infrastructure renewals. Investigate the healthy homes regulations heating requirements 'one size does not fit all'.
Why I’m running
In 2019 I planned to exit politics until others had other ideas. Once I analysed the environment spoke to whanau, looked at my mokopuna the decision was made. The later is my driving force, just as in local government we make inter-generational decisions, I will bring my experience and my maturity to the table of the next government.
About me
I have lived and worked across most of the electorate for almost 20 years at a business and political level. Self employed business consultant, elected councillor to Rangitikei District Council, Iwi leader and governor on Whanganui DHB and Community Trust. I have a track record of getting things done for my communities and have always supported and developed policies that are collaborative and build the capacity of communities. I bring a fresh face experience and maturity to the next Government.
Party list rank
60
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business consultant and governor
Place of residence
Ratana, Rangitīkei
Age
62
2017 Result
Did not stand
61
Lotu Fuli
Lotu Fuli
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
My values are at the centre of my political practice: care/aroha, community/connectedness and creativity/innovation. I have enjoyed serving my community as an elected member of local government. Now I am eager to contribute to the positive changes our amazing prime minister and the Labour team are making for all New Zealanders. I believe our Labour-led government is building a brighter future that all New Zealanders can share, thrive and prosper in.
About me
I have a LLB(Hons), MA(Hons), MALT(Hons) and MLitt(Hons). I was a secondary school teacher in Auckland and Asia before I returned to university to study law. I was a law teaching fellow for 2017 and 2018, and am currently a judicial officer with the Disputes Tribunal. I have extensive governance experience as an elected member of the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board since 2013 and have been the chair since 2016. I am a passionate advocate for better outcomes for my community.
Party list rank
61
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Local Board Chair, judicial officer
Place of residence
Otara, Auckland
Age
49
2017 Result
Did not stand
62
Sarah Pallett
Sarah Pallett
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ilam electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continue to improve access to mental health support for Cantabrians, who have experienced a uniquely challenging time. Support fees-free for students and address inequities in student allowance, to reduce barriers to education. Tackle housing issues in the electorate, continuing to increase social housing and improve standards of rentals.
Why I’m running
Passionate about supporting fairness and equality, I am committed to a society where everyone has the same opportunities irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or background. I have always worked tirelessly to champion these ideals in every role I've held, whether as a union leader, midwife, or lecturer. This aim can best be achieved for the largest number of people by having members of parliament who are strong, hard-working people, dedicated to positive change. People, in fact, like me.
About me
I am a practicing midwife and midwifery lecturer, and have first hand knowledge of both the education and health systems. As union president for the past three years, I have worked hard to defend the rights of members, whilst building constructive, mutually respectful relationships with the employer. A member of the Labour party since 2016, I started the Canterbury Labour women's branch, which I chair, and was elected as co-chair of Labour women's council, a role I have held since 2018.
Party list rank
62
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Midwifery lecturer
Place of residence
Strowan, Ilam Electorate
Age
53
2017 Result
Did not stand
63
Gaurav Sharma
Gaurav Sharma
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Hamilton West electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Continue strong health response to Covid-19 and increase access to mental health resources in primary care. Advocate for rapid train between Hamilton, Auckland and Tauranga so that we benefit from better transport and more business. Advocate for sustainable infrastructure spending in Hamilton to increase jobs and boost our local economy.
Why I’m running
I am a NZ-trained medical doctor and currently work as a GP in Nawton, Hamilton. I have previously worked in policy, public health, consulting and management in NZ, Switzerland, Spain, Nepal, Mongolia, USA and Vietnam. While I love making one-to-one difference in the lives of my patients as a GP, through my broad range of experiences above I have realised that politics has the potential to make an even larger positive impact in the society and this is why I am running to make a bigger difference.
About me
I work as a GP in Nawton and live in Frankton. I studied medicine at the Auckland Medical School and did part of my training in Waikato-Bay of Plenty region. As the local doctor, I have had the opportunity to hear first-hand, the concerns of many in our community during these difficult times. I also have a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and have served in management roles in many organisations. I will bring a robust background in health and management to the post-pandemic recovery phase.
Party list rank
63
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Medical doctor/general practitioner
Place of residence
Frankton, Hamilton
Age
33
2017 Result
2nd in Hamilton West
64
Emily Henderson
Emily Henderson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whangārei electorate
Labour Party
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
Before politics
Family Court lawyer, researcher
Place of residence
Maungatapere, Whangarei
Age
47
2017 Result
Did not stand
65
Terisa Ngobi
Terisa Ngobi
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ōtaki electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Lobby for access to hospital/health services in our northern and southern end of our electorate. Ensure the completion of four lanes and extension of rail to Levin as Labour have committed to in $12 billion dollar upgrade. Our welfare system: re-looking at the abatement rates to include supplementaries and lift limits on what people can earn.
Why I’m running
I want to see equality for all, reduced poverty and every Kiwi living their best lives. I believe we can only achieve this under a Labour government. The gains the Labour Party have achieved already in the past three years, including winter energy payments, school lunches, lifting the minimum wage, extending parental leave to 26 weeks have been massive. I know there is more to be done. I want to be part of the decision making and implementing policies that are important for all Kiwi's.
About me
Born and raised in the Ōtaki electorate, I know the people and issues facing this region including needing better access to health services, housing and transportation. Under the competent leadership of Jacinda Ardern we have the opportunity to rebuild an even better New Zealand. My work in housing, education, employment and health and in the voluntary sector means I understand the needs of the range of people who live in our electorate and will be a strong advocate and voice for our electorate.
Party list rank
65
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Case manager at Work and Income
Place of residence
Levin
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand
66
Kerrin Leoni
Kerrin Leoni
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waikato electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Advocate for fairer rental agreements and alternative home ownership options supporting first home owners in Waikato. Ensure rural economic development is a priority including employment opportunities. Advocate for the well-being and safety of families with regard to crime prevention and support services.
Why I’m running
I have always been an advocate for social justice and believe that every New Zealander should have access to a stable family home, employment opportunities and be able to pursue their passion in terms of their career. We live a country rich with natural resources and we are we recognised on a international level for our world class leadership. I want to contribute to the future leadership and aspirations for New Zealand by using my skills and attributes gained both here and overseas.
About me
I have been contributing to my community in various leadership roles for many years. I am the founder of the charitable organisation Mana Aroha which provides global opportunities for New Zealand youth. I am the deputy chair of the Waitemata Local Board as well as Violent Free Communities Charitable Organisation. After spending ten years in the UK I came back to New Zealand with a view of giving back to my community and country which is why I am standing as a candidate.
Party list rank
66
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
National funding manager
Place of residence
Onewhero
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand
67
Reuben Davidson
Reuben Davidson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Selwyn electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Support local business to look after our people and protect our jobs across Selwyn. Repeal and replace the Resource Management Act to restore the community voice in local decisions that impact us all. Be a strong MP for Selwyn in Wellington to ensure we get central government investment into local infrastructure.
Why I’m running
We need a people first recovery that delivers for all. Labour will do that, and with your support I can be part of the team working hard to make it happen in Selwyn. Our nation's response to Covid-19 has been outstanding but there are still challenges ahead. We can work to recover and rebuild together for a smarter, safer even better Selwyn. With the leadership of Jacinda Ardern, Labour has the plan to protect local families and jobs by backing our businesses and supporting our local industries.
About me
I'm Canterbury born and bred and proud of it. Over the past twenty years I've worked my way up the ranks of television production in New Zealand. Always with an eye to creating opportunities for business and jobs in Canterbury. As an elected Community Board member for Banks Peninsula, which until recently overlapped Selwyn, I see and value how much our rural communities contribute to the national economy and how they can be best served and supported. It would be my honour to serve you in Selwyn.
Party list rank
67
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Television producer
Place of residence
Banks Peninsula, Canterbury
Age
42
2017 Result
Did not stand
68
Zahra Hussaini
Zahra Hussaini
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
I'm a former Hazara Afghan refugee. Aotearoa New Zealand has been my home since 2004. I'm here to represent our diverse communities and be the voice of the youth so that we can tackle community issues around the country. Climate change is another issue that I'm quite passionate about and currently through my education I'm hoping to create more understanding about the current issues.
About me
I'm a natural networker and l like advocating for people regardless of their background. Through various projects working with multicultural communities, and with my background, being a young millennial wāhine, I'm able to bring a fresh perspective to the house of representatives.
Party list rank
68
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Interpreter and student
Place of residence
Wigram Christchurch
Age
29
2017 Result
Did not stand
69
Janet Holborow
Janet Holborow
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
I'm deeply aware that these are challenging times, and that New Zealand needs leadership which puts people and kindness at the heart of decision-making. We need to keep the economy strong, while ensuring we look after the well-being of our team of 5 million. I believe that a Labour led government gives us the best opportunity to thrive and grow as we navigate these uncertain times, and I'm committed to helping make that happen.
About me
With a long background in local government, I bring an understanding of what's important to people and communities. I'm aware of the challenges that face families and businesses, and the need to have strong policies and actions as we not only recover, but take advantage of our opportunities to create jobs, protect the environment and improve the quality of life for all New Zealanders.
Party list rank
69
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Deputy mayor, KCDC
Place of residence
Paekakariki
Age
50
2017 Result
Did not stand
70
Romy Udanga
Romy Udanga
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for North Shore electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Ensure robust health services, including mental health, to make it easier for our communities to get the help they need. Work for a better, integrated transport system to make the movement of people, goods and services more efficient. Support businesses and entrepreneurship so they can help create jobs and lift incomes to a living wage for all.
Why I’m running
My campaign to represent North Shore in parliament is driven by a commitment to a fairer New Zealand society. I am committed to social justice, cultural diversity and inclusion. I believe in the dignity of man, and that governments exist to uphold that human dignity. I believe individuals and families are at the core of society. I advocate for migrant settlement; disability welfare and those of children and the elderly; regeneration of the environment; and business and entrepreneurship.
About me
North Shore-based family man, business person, community organiser and environment champion, I hold a Masters in Forestry and MBA. For decades, my wife and I operated our own businesses. I am a trustee with Foundation North and work with ecumenical and interfaith groups. I was: an international magazine editor, including NZ Infrastructure and NZ Engineering News; a business reporter with Fairfax Media; a senior operations manager of a NASDAQ-listed company; an ASEAN training expert, and a university instructor.
Party list rank
70
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Registered financial adviser
Place of residence
Mairangi Bay
Age
60
2017 Result
2nd in North Shore
71
Ala' Al-Bustanji
Ala' Al-Bustanji
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taupō electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
To help local businesses recover from the impact of Covid-19 and to help save and create more jobs. To protect our environment in this special part of our country in every way possible. To help build and strengthen infrastructure and support development projects and look after our smaller towns.
Why I’m running
To me, it's all about the people: I'm a hard-working man and like many locals, I had to do two jobs at some stage. I owned a small business for five years and I know the challenges that face local businesses and hard-working locals. Homeownership in our electorate is at a very low rate and even rental properties are hard to find. The environment is my other huge motivation. We need to work together on solutions. A vote for me is a vote for proper representation of our electorate in parliament.
About me
In the last twelve years, I worked many jobs: in a gas station, field technician at a livestock company, managed a restaurant, and owned a small business. Today I'm a corrections officer. As a member of the local Muslim community, I was overwhelmed by the kindness, solidarity, and love we received from our wider community in the wake of the terrorist attack in March last year. I will always be proud of our nation. I would like to thank you, I'd be honoured to serve you as a member of parliament.
Party list rank
71
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Corrections officer
Place of residence
Acacia Bay, Taupo
Age
44
2017 Result
Did not stand
72
Glen Bennett
Glen Bennett
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Plymouth electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Preserve jobs while diversifying our energy future. Support the Western Institute of Technology to deliver quality tertiary and trades education for Taranaki. Boost housing availability for both first home buyers and those in need of social housing.
Why I’m running
I am strongly committed to fairness, equality and to ensuring all members of our community feel they belong, can actively participate, and can reach their fullest potential. Labour's equally strong commitment to jobs, secure housing, fair incomes, high-quality education, and decent healthcare has motivated me to stand. My greatest leadership skill is as a bridge-builder, connecting people together to help facilitate change, something that is needed in these uncertain times.
About me
I was lead facilitator for the Taranaki 2050 roadmap. I have a background spanning restorative justice, community development, facilitation and social enterprise. I'm a trained celebrant and long-term foster parent, which now spans to the next generation. My work with the Salvation Army brought me to New Plymouth 20 years ago and it's been my home ever since. I know the challenges many in this region face, and I have a proven record of developing solutions and pathways to help overcome these.
Party list rank
72
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Restorative justice facilitator
Place of residence
New Plymouth
Age
45
2017 Result
Did not stand
73
Monina Hernandez
Monina Hernandez
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for East Coast Bays electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Protect the health of New Zealanders while investing in health to strengthen the capacity of health services. Jobs for those out of work, support for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and boost export and global trade deals. Ensure proper education of young people and provide opportunities for training/retraining to support Covid recovery.
Why I’m running
I am people-focused, resilient and I am passionate about representing the diverse and hard-working people of East Coast Bays to ensure safe communities, accessible health services for all, education for a better future, better transport solutions, support for local business, jobs, environmental protection and inclusion. I work hard and I get things done!
About me
I have excellent skills, essential background experience and right values for parliament. I am an infection control nurse specialist, a university lecturer and a board member of the Nursing Council – the authority responsible for safe nursing care. I lead a global organisation of nurse leaders with 135,000+ members in 90 countries and am a former director of the NZ Nurses Organisation. I have a Master's degree with honours from the University of Auckland and am a PhD candidate with research focused on safety.
Party list rank
73
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Nursing lecturer, Massey University
Place of residence
Albany
2017 Result
Did not stand
74
Claire Mahon
Claire Mahon
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rotorua electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Support job retention and creation, continue the work to keep people safe, and to protect jobs and wages. Prioritise housing, address homeless, unaffordability, through more state houses, transitional housing, home ownership. Invest in our people and infrastructure to build economic recovery, prioritise wellbeing, address inequality.
Why I’m running
I'm passionate about Rotorua and its people. Throughout my lifetime I've seen inequality worsen throughout our district, and I want to address this. With Jacinda Ardern's leadership, I see a shift towards leading not only with kindness but with a desire to leave no one behind, and that's something I want for our region. I want to see the people of Rotorua thrive and prosper, and for this to happen we need a strong advocate fighting for what our people need.
About me
I bring more than 20 years experience in policy and law-making to the role. I'm an internationally award-winning former human rights lawyer and have run a consulting firm advising governments and world leaders on housing, health, education, food and work. I've experienced homelessness, and being unable to work, and so I know what it's like to be struggling. I have a deep passion for Rotorua and our people, and I want to make sure we get what we need to thrive and prosper.
Party list rank
74
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
International human rights lawyer
Place of residence
Rotorua Central
Age
43
2017 Result
Did not stand
75
Jon Mitchell
Jon Mitchell
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Southland electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Community and business COVID support, strategic recovery planning, funding and action. Economic diversification, sustainable development, and better opportunities for our young people. Better-connected and fit-for-purpose maternity, mental health, and aged care services for the region's communities.
Why I’m running
The communities of the Southland electorate need experienced, mature and effective representation not only in Parliament but in the next Labour government. I was born in Queenstown, and have lived and worked there, in Fiordland, Central Otago, Southland, and elsewhere. My wife and I are in the process of building an off-grid home in Northern Southland. I am committed to ensuring that the communities, environment and economies of the region are successful, diverse, sustainable and resilient.
About me
We are facing major challenges in the next few years as we respond to and recover from the Covid crisis. I have decades of community and economic development, and disaster response and recovery leadership experience. I was a member of teams that developed the frameworks and plans being used today in Covid response and recovery. My wide knowledge of the electorate is very much needed. I will provide effective representation and leadership for the electorate right now and well into the future.
Party list rank
75
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Deputy Director, RRANZ
Place of residence
Wellington and Garston
Age
56
2017 Result
Did not stand
76
Nathaniel Blomfield
Nathaniel Blomfield
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Coromandel electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Promote practical, science based, regenerative, agricultural developments, that reduce emissions and increase profits. Reform the quota management system, returning fishing rights to small fishing communities across the Coromandel and NZ. Invest in infrastructure, so as communities though out the electorate can develop sustainable industries and business.
Why I’m running
I want new opportunities for the Coromandel electorate, unlocking our potential through improved infrastructure, wise management of our environment and resources, and adding value to what we produce. I believe that New Zealand's House of Representatives should truly represent New Zealand's diverse cultures, communities, regions and social demographics. With my varied work experience I know that I can be a true representative for the working people of the Coromandel in parliament.
About me
I am a committed family man, raising four beautiful children with my wife in Tairua on the east coast of the Coromandel. Growing up in a proud local family on the Thames coast, I became progressively more involved in Politics prior to standing as Labour's Coromandel candidate in 2017. I have lived in the Coromandel most of my life, working various jobs, chef, landscaper, labourer, hospital orderly, and restauranteur, and I have grown a passion for the Coromandel, its environment, and people.
Party list rank
76
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Landscape management
Place of residence
Tairua
Age
43
2017 Result
Did not stand
77
Nerissa Henry
Nerissa Henry
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Pakuranga electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
77
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
78
Matthew Flight
Matthew Flight
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kaikōura electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
First and foremost jobs, for our trades and workers and help those wanting to start a new carrier in those areas. More house builds to help increase our trades and keep more people employed. Mental health and wellbeing of our community in this very trying time.
Why I’m running
I am a tradesperson and a front-line person like most of New Zealand. So often I see decisions being made that don't have the understanding of how it works at that front line. I seek to get into government to help at the top to try and help them understand how we do things at the front line. This will help to make a change we can all see.
About me
Born and raised on a farm; a limited electrician 21 years; a wedding DJ and MC; diplomas in radio broadcasting and photography; a health and safety rep, and finally a rugby ref of 21 years. I now work for New Zealand's largest rental market owner and manager 14 trades on repairs of over 450 houses in Blenheim alone. I know front-line, I know the Marlborough and Kaikōura regions due to my job as a limited electrician and I know what it takes to get the job done.
Party list rank
78
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Trade manager/delivery supervisor
Place of residence
Burleigh Blenheim
Age
44
2017 Result
Did not stand
79
Shirin Brown
Shirin Brown
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tāmaki electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
High educational outcomes, employment opportunities and SME access to resources and government contracts Greater connectivity between central and local government decision-making for housing and infrastructure planning Community resilience, a localism agenda, and future planning in response to sea level rise and Covid-19.
Why I’m running
I feel privileged to call New Zealand my home, and I think it's essential to work towards inclusive communities where everyone achieves their potential and feels they belong, and where we use our resources wisely into the future. I have strong listening, communication and advocacy skills and a wealth of overseas and local experience within a number of industries and communities. I look forward to using this knowledge to represent the diversity of Tāmaki and to get the best for you as MP.
About me
With six years of local government experience, I know the key issues affecting Aucklanders. I have listened to community and advocated for SME access to local government contracts, increased future planning, youth, and better transport outcomes. There is still much to do and my skills and experience in Auckland Council mean I will be a strong voice in central government. I have a background in teaching and teacher development and chair of the Hauraki Islands branch of Forest and Bird.
Party list rank
79
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Elected to Local Board (2013-2019)
Place of residence
Auckland Central, Waiheke
2017 Result
Did not stand
80
Liam Wairepo
Liam Wairepo
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waitaki electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
80
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
81
Georgie Dansey
Georgie Dansey
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
My commitment is to have a parliament that is as diverse as Aotearoa is. More women, more young people, more rainbow people and more ethnic representation will only benefit our communities.
About me
Politics is my favourite thing (cough apart from my kids of course cough) because I believe there is so much opportunity for growth and change and inclusiveness and the opportunity to build awesome communities living in a society where inequality doesn't exist. Well that's the dream anyway and that's why I'm here, to contribute to that change. I work for a union because I see the importance of good work and conditions for people as vital to that change. We can do better, we will do better.
Party list rank
81
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Policy advisor, PSA
Place of residence
Hamilton
Age
33
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Lorayne Ferguson
Lorayne Ferguson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Whangaparāoa electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
Build Penlink, the new transport link between SH1 and Whangaparaoa to ease congestion and improve access to services. Work with local community groups on environmental projects. Ensure the particular healthcare needs of the older age group are not overlooked.
Why I’m running
Having spent most of my professional life working with frail elders and their carers I feel I can speak for and to this growing section of the population. I believe in an enabling government which shows both compassion and respect for its people. I believe that only a Labour Government led by Jacinda Ardern can do this.
About me
I was born in Dunedin and raised in Christchurch. In my working life I have been a school teacher, probation officer, hospital-based social worker and a services manager delivering the full range of services in older people's mental health. My own family experiences, including the tragic death of my brother in a climbing accident and everything I have learned in my working life, has taught me the value of resilience and determination. I bring all this to my first time as a candidate.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Retired manager, aged care health
Place of residence
Redvale
Age
71
2017 Result
Did not stand
Baljit Kaur
Baljit Kaur
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Port Waikato electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand
Anna Lorck
Anna Lorck
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Tukituki electorate
Labour Party
My local priorities
A $15m interventional cardiology centre so life saving heart procedures can be done in HB. Seasonal labour and water security to harvest and grow our world-leading food producing region Keep building on the hundreds of community and public houses in Hastings.
Why I’m running
It's time for our Hastings Tukituki electorate to be in the government, as part of the team where the decision are made. As a strong and effective local MP I'll be working hard and representing you at the decision making table, leading on the local issues, putting people first, and most of all making sure the government I'm part of keeps supporting us and investing in us. I'm here to help keep bringing out the best in Hawke's Bay for a strong and healthy future.
About me
Approachable and proactive, I'm local, I drink the water here. I care about our community and I'm dedicated to HB. I've gained the regional leadership, health governance, business experience and proven advocacy to deliver for you. My family has been part of this region for generations. Hastings is our home, we've raised our five daughters here and built a business over 18 years and I'm an elected HB DHB member and have a real insight into the life-saving health priorities our region needs.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Small business owner, HB DHB member
Place of residence
Hastings
Age
49
2017 Result
2nd in Tukituki
Greg O'Connor
Greg O'Connor
Labour Party
My local priorities
Ensure there is sufficient housing for first home buyers and those wanting to downsize and stay in Ōhāriu. Ensure the development of the Johnsonville shopping centre occurs. Ensure the growing educational needs of the electorate are met.
Why I’m running
My previous profession allowed me to spend time and experience different governments around the world. It made me appreciate what we have in New Zealand and gave me the determination to preserve it.
About me
I have lived in different parts of the electorate over many years as I do now. I enjoy using my 40 years of police experience to learn who the key players are in the electorate and what matters to people.
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
New Zealand Police
Place of residence
Ōhāriu Valley
Age
62
2017 Result
Won Ōhāriu
Tangi Utikere
Tangi Utikere
Labour Party
My local priorities
Provide a fresh, strong and effective local voice to ensure strong representation in parliament and in government. Support our local economy (diversified private sector and solid public sector), to enable economic growth. Attract investment in Infrastructure to ensure people remain in employment and the local needs of the community are met.
Why I’m running
I offer a fresh, strong and effective local voice in parliament for the city and community that I love. I have a proven track record and experience in serving our community to be a strong advocate for Palmerston North. We are in a safer, stronger position because of the actions that have been taken by Labour, and the plan that our party has for the future. I want to be part of the team that will continue to build on those successes for Palmerston North and it's people.
About me
I'm Palmy proud. I was born here, educated here, studied here and work here – it is the place that my wider family and I call home. I have a professional background in education as a secondary school teacher, before moving into the local government sector. I'm a fourth term city councillor and have served as the city's deputy mayor for the last four years. I am driven by my values of equal access and opportunity, fairness, social justice and kindness; alongside a strong sense of integrity.
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Deputy mayor
Place of residence
Westbrook, Palmerston North
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand

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