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The New Zealand National Party (Rōpū Nāhinara) is currently the main opposition party in parliament. A centre-right party, National tends to be economically liberal and socially conservative, promoting individual freedom, personal responsibility and competitive enterprise. National formed in 1936 as a combination of the Reform and United parties to oppose the growing labour movement. It has been in government five times and had eight leaders become prime minister.

Judith Collins

Leader

Gerry Brownlee

Deputy leader

Quick facts

  • Year founded 1936
  • Times in government 5
  • Current MPs 55
  • Electorate seats held40
  • Donations received 2017-2019 $6,542,868
  • 2020 polling average
    32.5%
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Judith Collins
Judith Collins
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
1
First entered Parliament
2002
2017 Result
Won Papakura

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Gerry Brownlee
Gerry Brownlee
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
2
First entered Parliament
1996
2017 Result
Won Ilam

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Paul Goldsmith
Paul Goldsmith
National Party
My local priorities
Delivering on National's economic plan to revive the economy, to provide jobs and opportunities in Epsom and beyond. Bringing in no new taxes, and removing the Auckland fuel tax. Starting work on National's bold transport plans for Auckland, including connecting heavy rail to the airport.
Why I’m running
Because I believe New Zealand is a great country, and our best years are ahead of us. I want to be part of the next National government, which will guide us through the real economic and health challenges we currently face, and then have a plan to get us back on track.
About me
My wife and I have lived in the Epsom electorate for 20 years, where we are raising our four children. Prior to politics, I started my own business, as a writer, producing business histories and biographies – studying the NZ economy and our history, and keys to success for some of our most successful businesses. I've been in parliament for 9 years, serving as a minister for three years under John Key and Bill English's leadership.
Party list rank
3
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Business historian and biographer
Place of residence
Remuera
Age
49
2017 Result
2nd in Epsom
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Simon Bridges
Simon Bridges
National Party
My local priorities
Support a stronger economy, meaning more money in your pocket and for your family. Advocate for more transport, roading and houses, which Tauranga needs now. Ensure security for you, your family and friends, as gangs and crime worsen.
Why I’m running
I love this community, but I understand it is getting harder to live here, because my family lives here too. Making ends meet, getting around and staying safe are all issues many are facing. In the last three years no new roads and next to no state houses have been built here. Gangs and crime are getting worse. I will stand up for the issues that matter.
About me
I have lived in Tauranga since 2001, where I worked as a Crown prosecutor before becoming local MP in 2008. I am in touch with the issues facing our city and am dedicated to delivering what it needs.
Party list rank
4
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
Crown prosecutor
Place of residence
Matua, Tauranga
Age
43
2017 Result
Won Tauranga
5
Shane Reti
Shane Reti
National Party
My local priorities
Creating four lanes from Whangarei to Auckland is the single biggest economic driver for Northland. Retaining and increasing jobs is vital in a region where unemployment rises fast and recovers slow. Build local infrastructure in an environmentally safe manner.
Why I’m running
I am running as the candidate for Whangārei so that I can carry the voice of the electorate to Wellington so that their needs, wants and aspirations can be heard. I have a set of skills that working together with the people of Whangārei can make a difference so that people can have the best life possible. I also have a track record that shows I can fight our corner.
About me
I am privileged to be the current MP for Whangārei. In my first career I was a GP in Whangārei for 20 years including consecutive DHB appointments and membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. During this time I won national research awards and was awarded the Queens Service Medal for public service in 2006. In my second career I was assistant professor at Harvard University. I am currently in my 2nd term as MP and am the spokesperson for Health and #5 in the National party caucus.
Party list rank
5
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Assistant Professor, Harvard Med
Place of residence
CBD
Age
57
2017 Result
Won Whangarei
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Todd McClay
Todd McClay
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
6
First entered Parliament
2008
2017 Result
Won Rotorua

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Chris Bishop
Chris Bishop
National Party
My local priorities
Deliver the new Melling Interchange and the wider RiverLink development, as soon as possible. Deliver the Cross Valley Link Road, Petone to Grenada Link Road, and upgrades on SH2 (KGB and new Moonshine Bridge). Work to improve Hutt health services, particularly mental health and maternity services.
Why I’m running
I'm running for re-election so I can keep working hard and getting things done for the Hutt. I'm proud of my record of advocacy around better transport solutions, improving housing, and increased investment in health services. My focus as an MP is on helping people, and getting things done for the Hutt.
About me
Jenna and I live in Petone with our fluffy dog Ladyhawke and kitten Ziggy. I am proud to represent the Hutt's diverse communities in Parliament – from the Western Hills to Wainuiomata. I was born and raised in the Hutt, attending Eastern Hutt School, Hutt Intermediate, and HIBS. I've been the MP for Hutt South since 2017. From 2014 I was a National list MP based in Hutt South. I am National's spokesperson for transport, infrastructure, and shadow leader of the house.
Party list rank
7
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Political advisor
Place of residence
Petone, Lower Hutt
Age
36
2017 Result
Won Hutt South
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Todd Muller
Todd Muller
National Party
My local priorities
Ensure Tauranga gets infrastructure and services investment required to support its growth. Afterhours healthcare provision for Papamoa; committed start date for new Omokoroa Secondary School. Tauranga Northern Link under construction; improved mental health and addiction services.
Why I’m running
I am passionate for this city and its potential. My family moved here in 1974, it has been a huge part of my life and I feel very privileged to represent the Bay in Parliament. I am grounded in our community, my lived experience is anchored in the needs of the region. I have been a strong advocate for more infrastructure and services for our growing city. I have advocated for more roads, schools, housing, after hours healthcare as well as many hundreds of local family issues for our community.
About me
I am married to Michelle and have three children Aimee, Bradley and Amelia. I am very passionate about the power of our community, the remarkable people who live in it and our 'connectedness' to each other. I work hard to connect with and walk alongside this community, which is a very special place to live. I am very privileged to be the local MP since 2014. I am excited about our city's future but it needs to be a greater priority from central government.
Party list rank
8
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Group Director, Co-op Aff, Fonterra
Place of residence
Pyes Pa
Age
51
2017 Result
Won Bay of Plenty
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Louise Upston
Louise Upston
National Party
My local priorities
Complete the extension of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to Piarere. Improve State Highway One between Taupō and Turangi. Connect more of our young people with work opportunities.
Why I’m running
I believe everybody deserves the best opportunities to succeed which is why I am running again to be the member of parliament for Taupō. I am committed to supporting my constituents by engaging and listening to their views – being an enabler to help constituents and make positive change is truly rewarding. I want to continue investing in my constituents and their businesses to ensure the Taupo electorate continues to be strong and resilient.
About me
I've chosen the Taupō electorate to raise my family and have lived in the electorate for the past 20 years. I see the role of Member of Parliament as the ultimate public service and I love being able to make a difference in people in our communities – whether individuals, families, community organisations or business. I see my role as community advocate, problem solver and champion. We have diverse communities from Cambridge in the north to Turangi in the south and who I'm proud to represent.
Party list rank
9
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
Business owner
Place of residence
Karapiro
Age
49
2017 Result
Won Taupō
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Scott Simpson
Scott Simpson
National Party
My local priorities
Improve roading SH2 Hauraki Plains and Katikati to Tauranga (including the bypass), 3 new two lane bridges at Tairua. Return of the emergency rescue helicopter to Whitianga during the summer peak and at long weekends. Improve mobile and internet connectivity to rural and remote parts of the electorate.
Why I’m running
The Coromandel electorate is not only beautiful it's big as well. Each of the many communities across the Hauraki Plains, around the Firth of Thames, on the Peninsula itself and south including Katikati and Omokoroa in Western Bay of Plenty, have their own challenges and opportunities. I'm seeking re-election to continue working on behalf of all who live, work and holiday in our wonderful region. To continue being a strong voice in our Parliament and a staunch advocate for the region.
About me
My great grandparents settled at Kuaotunu on the Coromandel Peninsula in the late 1870s and the Simpson clan have been there ever since. At a personal level I hope my life and work experience along with contributions made to community and volunteer organisations helps give me the necessary skill set to be both an empathetic listener and a strong advocate for and on behalf of the electorate and those who live, work and visit here.
Party list rank
10
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
CEO at Make-A-Wish New Zealand
Place of residence
Thames
Age
60
2017 Result
Won Coromandel
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David Bennett
David Bennett
National Party
My local priorities
Extension of the Waikato Expressway from Cambridge to Tauranga to help Hamilton grow our link with the Bay of Plenty. Continue to advocate for a rural medical school to increase opportunities to train new health professionals. Continue the Southern Links roading project which would complete the Hamilton Ring Route Road in the south-west.
Why I’m running
I am running for the Hamilton East electorate as I am passionate about continuing our city's exceptional growth. These growth rates are a result of investments made by the previous National Government and our proximity to Auckland and Tauranga. The current Government has not carried on this necessary investment and have cancelled projects like the Cambridge to Piarere extension. I am standing to ensure that Hamilton gets its fair share of Government spending.
About me
I have been the MP for Hamilton East since 2005. I have fought hard for Hamilton to get its fair share of Government spending over my 15 years as an MP. My biggest achievement was securing $2.1 billion in funding for the Waikato Expressway which has been transformative for Hamilton and had a huge influence in Hamilton's growth. I have also advocated for more schools and the ultra-fast fibre programme in Hamilton. I work hard to get the infrastructure for my electorate to prosper.
Party list rank
11
First entered Parliament
2005
Before politics
Dairy farmer
Place of residence
Claudelands, Hamilton East
Age
49
2017 Result
Won Hamilton East
12
Michael Woodhouse
Michael Woodhouse
National Party
My local priorities
Accelerate progress on the rebuild of Dunedin Hospital, the business case for which still which hasn't been signed off. Investigate creating an inland port south of the city to reduce heavy traffic vehicles travelling to Port Chalmers. Support the Council in the development of the Dunedin Waterfront Vision.
Why I’m running
It has been my privilege to be the National MP based in Dunedin for the past twelve years and I hope to be able to continue in that role. I was a Minister in the previous National-led Government and presently am the National spokesperson for Regional Economic Development, Pike River re-entry and Associate Finance.
About me
Born and raised in Dunedin and proud to have called Dunedin home for the past twenty years. Chartered accountant and former CEO of Mercy Hospital. Active rugby referee and Highlanders supporter. Former Rotarian and still active in the community. Very happily married with three beautiful daughters.
Party list rank
12
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
CEO Mercy Hospital Dunedin
Place of residence
Dunedin
Age
54
2017 Result
2nd in Dunedin North
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Nicola Willis
Nicola Willis
National Party
My local priorities
Deliver National's Wellington transport plan, including doubling the Mt Vic tunnel and building bus rapid-transit. Back policies that support local businesses to create jobs, lift incomes, innovate, invest and grow. Increase housing supply by making it easier to build new homes, including by replacing the RMA.
Why I’m running
I want New Zealand to be a growing, wealthy and vibrant country that provides great opportunities – a country of aspiration where every child can pursue big dreams. I believe unleashing New Zealand's potential requires a National-led Government that backs individual effort and achievement, that encourages entrepreneurialism and innovation, that works to strengthen families and communities and that delivers the strong economic foundations on which equality of opportunity is built.
About me
I'm a proud Wellingtonian, a mother of four children aged four to ten years of age, an honours grad from Vic Uni and an MP who works hard for my community and our city. I bring broad experience to Parliament, having previously held a range of senior management roles at dairy co-op Fonterra, served on the boards of Export NZ and the NZ Initiative, worked for small businesses and in prime minister Key's office. I am a strong voice for Wellington who will get things done for you.
Party list rank
13
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
General Manager at Fonterra Co-Op
Place of residence
Karori, Wellington.
Age
39
2017 Result
2nd in Wellington Central
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Jacqui Dean
Jacqui Dean
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
14
First entered Parliament
2005
2017 Result
Won Waitaki

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Mark Mitchell
Mark Mitchell
National Party
My local priorities
Start Penlink State Highway immediately upon being re-elected as a necessary part of our overall transport network. Deliver UFB to all parts of the new electorate that don't already have this necessary infrastructure. Invest in local sport and recreation clubs that are struggling to raise money for capital projects.
Why I’m running
Living in this beautiful country is a privilege. I feel we all have the same obligation to look for ways to contribute to New Zealand's future and I consider the value of public service and making a contribution to the community a priority. I'm passionate about generating growth in both our tradable sector and local economy, and support the National Party's principles of economic management and sensible decisions. I'm also passionate about making sure all Kiwis feel safe in their communities.
About me
I'm a proud father of five and have had the pleasure of raising my family in the beautiful town of Orewa. We have a wonderful community and I am proud to have lived here most of my life. My career has spanned diverse roles such as farmer, policeman, small business owner, and the founder of a successful global company. I understand the pressures businesses of all sizes face, the responsibility they carry, and the importance that each one plays in the future of our country.
Party list rank
15
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Private security contractor
Place of residence
Millwater
Age
52
2017 Result
Won Rodney
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Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee
National Party
My local priorities
Economic prosperity of the community – create more jobs. Law and order – to keep our communities safe. Advocate for more infrastructure like schools with the growing population.
Why I’m running
I believe Parliament needs to represent the diversity that exists in New Zealand. I felt honoured to be selected to represent the National Party in the Mt Albert electorate once again to contribute to shape the future of NZ.
About me
I am a tireless advocate of the democratic process of NZ. I love championing the causes of our ethnic communities. I love innovation and creative new thinking in our digital and media sector.
Party list rank
16
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
TV Producer, Managing Director
Place of residence
Central Auckland
2017 Result
2nd in Mt Albert
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Andrew Bayly
Andrew Bayly
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
17
First entered Parliament
2014
2017 Result
Won Hunua

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Nick Smith
Nick Smith
National Party
My local priorities
Jobs and economic recovery from Covid-19. Investing in Nelson infrastructure – new hospital, roading, Waimea Community Dam completion. Loss of control of key public services – like NMIT and DHB – opposing centralisation to Wellington.
Why I’m running
I love Nelson and the opportunities the role gives me to help Nelson families and businesses. I am committed to making sure that Nelson remains the best little city in the world.
About me
I have strong values that drive my support for family, enterprise, community and our environment. I am in the unique position of having long term experience and insight as to how our system works and how to get things done.
Party list rank
18
First entered Parliament
1990
Before politics
Civil Engineer, PhD on Landslides
Place of residence
Annesbrook, Nelson
Age
55
2017 Result
Won Nelson
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Maureen Pugh
Maureen Pugh
National Party
My local priorities
Pass legislation for the recovery of weather-damaged trees on conservation land. Upgrade High St in Motueka and build a new Motueka Bridge. Complete the review of stewardship land.
Why I’m running
I want to make sure that the West Coast-Tasman electorate is not sold out to idealistic policies that threaten the sustainability and wellbeing of our communities.
About me
Living in a rural environment and having always worked hard I've learnt that New Zealand provides opportunities for all. I've always been an independent thinker, with a desire to see families and communities thrive. I have been blessed with good friends and a loving family.
Party list rank
19
First entered Parliament
2015
Before politics
I'm a list MP, formerly a mayor.
Place of residence
Turiwhate
Age
61
2017 Result
2nd in West Coast-Tasman
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Barbara Kuriger
Barbara Kuriger
National Party
My local priorities
Remove complex compliance and red tape. Get out of the way of business. Support primary production, trade, sustainability and jobs in rural NZ. Looking for scientific solutions. Facilitate rural connectivity, rural health and rural education. Support rural communities.
Why I’m running
I represent rural communities in New Zealand. My specific interests are agriculture and the primary production economy.
About me
I have made dairy farming a career, culminating in achieving inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year in 2012. In between on farm and parliament, I belonged to a range of agribusiness, agri-training and regional development boards and trusts. I currently reside in both Te Awamutu and Taranaki.
Party list rank
20
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Agribusiness Board member till 2014
Place of residence
Te Awamutu and Taranaki
Age
60
2017 Result
Won Taranaki-King Country

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Harete Hipango
Harete Hipango
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
21
First entered Parliament
2017
2017 Result
Won Whanganui

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Jonathan Young
Jonathan Young
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
22
First entered Parliament
2008
2017 Result
Won New Plymouth

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Tim Macindoe
Tim Macindoe
National Party
My local priorities
Push hard for vital roading projects including Southern Links and Waikato Expressway extension to Kaimais. Promote Waikato as the most suitable region for a provincial medical school to address the growing shortage of doctors. Ensure that new housing developments are well serviced, environmentally-friendly, safe and attractive places to live in.
Why I’m running
I've been privileged to serve as my electorate's MP and remain as energised to keep striving for progress across all policy areas as I was when first elected in 2008. At this critical time NZ needs an experienced National-led Government to grow our economy, protect jobs and contain debt. As we did in the wake of the GFC and the devastating Canterbury earthquakes, we'll manage the economy responsibly and insist on accountability for the effectiveness of all government spending of taxpayer money.
About me
As long-time Waikato residents, my family have enjoyed the diversity, quality of life and great opportunities available to all who live in our dynamic region. I am an approachable "people person", well-known for my community engagement and effective advocacy, and I have a heart for service. Our rapid growth, especially in Hamilton, presents challenges for decision-makers and, if re-elected, I will continue pushing hard for infrastructure projects and new services to support our many communities.
Party list rank
23
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
CEO of former Arts Waikato Trust
Place of residence
Grandview Heights, Hamilton
Age
59
2017 Result
Won Hamilton West
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Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
National Party
My local priorities
To help hard working New Zealanders get ahead and assist low and middle income earners facing high living costs. To have safe communities and work with youth so they are in education, training or jobs. Strengthen community connections and social fabric. Support our communities to build new enterprises, create local jobs.
Why I’m running
I believe that our country faces its greatest economic and unemployment crisis since the Great Depression. The New Zealand National Party has the team and background to get you, your families and your communities through the economic crisis ahead. I will be working hard to represent the constituents of Panmure-Ōtāhuhu in Parliament so we have more job opportunities for our children, good health and education for all.
About me
I am first generation migrant, born and raised in India who migrated to New Zealand in 2001. My wife, Irvinder and I live in Takanini with our two sons, daughter-in-law and recently born granddaughter. Family and family values are the core of what shapes us and our thinking. I strongly believe in family bonds and ethics. I have and continue to encourage our current and future generations to earn their education and skills to become positive contributing members of our society.
Party list rank
24
First entered Parliament
2008
Before politics
Self-employed
Place of residence
Takanini
Age
56
2017 Result
2nd in Manukau East
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Paulo Garcia
Paulo Garcia
List MPList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
25
First entered Parliament
2019
2017 Result
2nd in New Lynn

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Nancy Lu
Nancy Lu
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Why I’m running
I believe there is so much more we can do in NZ to make it a better and safer home. We are a country with abundant and unique natural resources, diversified cultures and talented hardworking kiwis. Our economy is in crisis now and it is extremely challenging for large and small businesses, and for the entire workforce in NZ. We need better and more effective economic management in time of crisis, and this is especially important and essential to growing our economy and creating jobs.
About me
I am a chartered accountant by profession, with accounting and business backgrounds from the big four multinational accounting firms, as well as private companies in international trades and exports. I will make positive impact in parliament, through perseverance, hard work, positive mindset, appreciative attitudes and a strong belief that we will make New Zealand the best country in the world.
Party list rank
26
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
General manager of a retail company
Place of residence
Pakuranga
Age
33
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Parmjeet Parmar
Parmjeet Parmar
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
27
First entered Parliament
2014
2017 Result
2nd in Mt Roskill

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Agnes Loheni
Agnes Loheni
National Party
My local priorities
Jobs: jobs provide the pathway to self determination and agency over your own life. Health: health outcomes for Pasifika are worse than the general population. A focus on early intervention is critical. Education: I believe that parents should have more choice in their children's education pathways, e.g. Charter Schools.
Why I’m running
I'm running as a candidate because I believe it's our people, our families and communities that make New Zealand the best country in the world. Providing equal opportunities for all New Zealanders to learn, to work, to create, to be the best they can be makes our country better. New Zealand provided opportunities for my Samoan migrant parents when the arrived in the 1960s. I am a product of their values of hard work, family, faith, resilience and a desire to succeed.
About me
I was born and raised in Auckland to Samoan migrant parents. I am married to Ward Kamo and we have been blessed with five children. I have completed a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Auckland and have run a successful retail clothing and export business with my sisters for the past eighteen years. As a working mother I have been involved in coaching kids netball teams and being the chair of the school board. Family, enterprise and resilience is what I bring to this role.
Party list rank
28
First entered Parliament
2019
Before politics
Small business owner
Place of residence
Te Atatu South
Age
48
2017 Result
2nd in Māngere
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Dale Stephens
Dale Stephens
National Party
My local priorities
The personal safety and security of our people (and property) both at home and in public. Jobs, jobs, jobs as we are in an economic free fall. We need jobs for our people to get them security. A lot of projects promised for the city have not been delivered. I want to accelerate these projects and get them done!
Why I’m running
I have always valued 'service' to the public as something that is important to do. I have gained immense personal satisfaction from helping people, initially as a police officer and then in a range of service oriented roles at Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry for Primary Industries and at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. I feel I now have a world of experience that will enable me to be a highly capable member of parliament working to strengthen our communities and New Zealand effectively.
About me
Born and raised in Christchurch Central so this electorate means a lot to me. I work hard with a reputation for getting stuff done! I am highly skilled in facilitating results. I'm adept at getting people working together, am strong at analysing and problem solving and am an inclusive decision maker. I have a range of qualifications and work experience in public service, the business sector, not-for-profit and sports sectors. I have a range of interests and a hugely supportive whānau
Party list rank
29
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Director of Māori business at NZTE
Place of residence
Christchurch city
Age
60
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Alfred Ngaro
Alfred Ngaro
National Party
My local priorities
Build the busway: Northwestern Rapid Transit transport is a critical issue to access employment, recreational and social. Build a bigger better hospital: Waitakere Hospital is a cottage sized facility to service a large population. More social and rental housing: the need for more social and rental housing has outstripped demand.
Why I’m running
It has been an honour to have served our community and the country as a National MP for the last nine years. It is a privilege as a first generation Kiwi of migrant Pacific parents to represent the values and views of our community that are also reflected in our National party of equal citizenship and equal opportunity, strong families caring communities and self determination. I hope to leave a legacy of integrity of purpose for our future generations that is aspirational for Aotearoa.
About me
I have been married to my beautiful wife Moka and we have four incredible children and two adorable grandchildren. I am a qualified electrician and I have actively supported trades as a credible career pathway. I also completed a theological degree and for twenty years with my wife committed ourselves in ministry to walking alongside people to find hope and healing that transformed their homes and family. I live by some simple old fashioned principles to serve our community and country.
Party list rank
30
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Community development consultant
Place of residence
Te Atatu
Age
54
2017 Result
2nd in Te Atatū
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Matt Doocey
Matt Doocey
National Party
My local priorities
Fight hard for vital infrastructure investment such as the Belfast to Pegasus Motorway including the Woodend Bypass. Fight hard for strong public services such as 24-hour after-hours healthcare in Waimakariri. Fight hard for a strong local economy in Waimakariri to keep people in jobs, grow new jobs and raise incomes.
Why I’m running
Living and working in Waimakariri with my young family I want Waimakariri to be a great place to bring up a family. I want parents to be able to give their children the best education so our young people can reach their full potential. I want mums and dads to have better jobs and growing incomes so they can provide for their families and I want grandparents to receive the healthcare they deserve and to have security in their retirement. For me, politics is all about family.
About me
I trained and worked in mental health to make a difference and politics for me is a way of continuing to make that difference. As National's first mental health spokesperson I have worked hard in parliament to initiate New Zealand's first cross-party mental health approach. This bi-partisan approach to addressing the growing demand for mental health services in New Zealand will break down the barriers to progress and develop policy solutions longer term than the three year parliamentary cycle.
Party list rank
31
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Worked in mental health
Place of residence
Waimakariri
Age
48
2017 Result
Won Waimakariri
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Stuart Smith
Stuart Smith
National Party
My local priorities
Ensure there is adequate access to labour for the wine and agriculture sectors. Advocate for a fair process for a dry dock in Shakespeare Bay. Ensure passing lanes are built on major electorate SH roads and the construction of double lane for Hurunui Bridge.
Why I’m running
I have a strong desire to continue the work I've been doing in supporting the businesses and constituents of the community I live in. It's an incredible feeling to see the work you're doing have a real world impact. A great example is the work I did to help Sounds Air secure funding in order to continue operating. Leading the community to rally around our local airline was incredibly rewarding. I believe I can continue to have a positive role as an elected leader for the Kaikōura electorate.
About me
I hold a strong connection with my community having lived in Blenheim for 26 years. I have gained a wealth of experience working in various roles across the NZ wine industry, and will constantly advocate to ensure it remains a world leader. I believe our electorate deserves first-rate health services, having lead 'Save our Services' to successfully retain surgical services at Wairau Hospital. I will work to ensure that our electorate has better roads, more jobs and a stronger local economy.
Party list rank
32
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
Chair of New Zealand Winegrowers
Place of residence
Blenheim
Age
62
2017 Result
Won Kaikōura
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Lawrence Yule
Lawrence Yule
National Party
My local priorities
Extra health resources including immediate installation of air conditioning at Hawke's Bay Hospital. Extra police resources to counter increased gang activity. Extra water storage to manage the effects of climate change and drought and to provide potable and productive water.
Why I’m running
I believe I can make a difference to the lives of people in Tukituki and New Zealand by being a strong and effective advocate in parliament. Hawke's Bay is well positioned post-Covid-19 with a strong export led economy. A key focus is required to maximise job opportunities and exports while managing tax payer money and borrowing for long term success. Better health services, a locally controlled EIT and water storage are priorities.
About me
I am a strong advocate with experienced and proven leadership. I enjoy helping individuals and families and work hard to support people. I have lived in Hawke's Bay all my life and as the former mayor of Hastings for 16 years, I understand the issues and opportunities for Tukituki and our people.
Party list rank
33
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Mayor of Hastings District.
Place of residence
Napier South
Age
57
2017 Result
Won Tukituki
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Denise Lee
Denise Lee
National Party
My local priorities
Fight to reduce the cost of living so our families have more money in their back-pockets. Push for better local transport networks to decrease congestion on our suburban roads. Advocate for Maungakiekie's community police presence to keep our communities, families, and children safe.
Why I’m running
I'm running for re-election because Maungakiekie is incredibly important to me. I've lived here for over 22 years, raised my family here and have been actively involved in the community over the many years. It is my home and it is personal. I have high aspirations for our community and want Maungakiekie to reach its full potential. That is why in my term I've fought for our residents and will continue to get things done and be Maungakiekie's voice every-day.
About me
I'm determined, hard-working and, unbeknown to many, a closet amateur adrenaline junkie (politics isn't for the faint hearted!). I'm deeply connected to Maungakiekie and our community. I live and breathe local and bring this local service ethic to my role and actions every day. As the local MP accountable to my constituents, I always invite residents to comment and feedback on my results.
Party list rank
34
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Auckland Councillor
Place of residence
Mount Wellington
Age
49
2017 Result
Won Maungakiekie
35
Simon O'Connor
Simon O'Connor
National Party
My local priorities
Ensure Tāmaki's voice is heard in parliament. Support our local businesses. Continue to support local projects e.g. the shared pathway from GI to Tamaki Drive.
Why I’m running
Tāmaki is my home. I have loved serving the constituents of Tāmaki for three terms of parliament and it remains an honour and privilege. Every day provides new opportunities to either assist with a local issue or to share local views in parliament. In the midst of the coronavirus response, I believe it is even more important to represent these voices. Thousands of Tāmaki locals have been in contact with me to share their concerns and I will keep listening, learning, and advocating on their behalf.
About me
I am often asked, "Why politics?" The simple answer remains: I love people and ideas. While the many formal meetings are appreciated, it is the day-to-day interactions across the electorate that I thoroughly enjoy and which help me understand what locals want advocated for in parliament. I love living in and working tirelessly for this electorate. Locals know they can engage me directly and can regularly see me walking with my family, attending local events, or supporting local businesses.
Party list rank
35
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Contract management/negotiations
Place of residence
Tāmaki
Age
44
2017 Result
Won Tāmaki
36
Brett Hudson
Brett Hudson
National Party
My local priorities
Deliver the Petone to Grenada Link Road to improve resilience, productivity and to open up housing development. Advocate for a ground-up review of school infrastructure, particularly north of Johnsonville, our fastest growing area. Oppose the move of Newlands Fire Station and Brigade out of Newlands.
Why I’m running
I want New Zealand to be an even better place and to see Kiwis achieve their ambitions. I'm committed to helping people, businesses and community groups across Ōhāriu. Whether it's national-level issues such as jobs and incomes, health, housing, education and public safety, or local concerns such as transport, infrastructure to support a growing city and retaining community services, I'm committed to helping people across Ōhāriu live the lives they want for themselves and their families.
About me
I grew up in Porirua in the '70s and '80s. I left Victoria University with a degree in history and psychology and then spent twenty years working in the Information and Communication Technology industry. I have enormous confidence in how technology can improve productivity and lives in New Zealand. As important as national-level policy-making is, as an MP for the past six years, I've learned how important the role of supporting individuals, families and businesses in our communities is.
Party list rank
36
First entered Parliament
2014
Before politics
ICT sales
Place of residence
Khandallah
Age
52
2017 Result
2nd in Ōhāriu
37
Simeon Brown
Simeon Brown
National Party
My local priorities
Deliver the Eastern Busway and Reeves Road Flyover to reduce congestion and improve public transport in East Auckland. Support our local businesses and community to recover from Covid-19. Advocate for more locally delivered Health Services in East Auckland.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for re-election to get things done for Pakuranga 1. Delivering the Eastern Busway and Reeves Road Flyover to reduce congestion and improve public transport in East Auckland. 2. Supporting our local businesses and community to recover from Covid-19. 3. Advocating for more locally delivered Health Services in East Auckland. 4. Speaking up to protect Howick's special character and natural environment. 5. Being accessible and available to help get things done for Pakuranga.
About me
It is a privilege to be the member of parliament for the Pakuranga Electorate. My wife Rebecca and I are proud to call this community home. I am proud of our sense of community, our excellent schools, our heritage and our natural environment. I am committed to fighting for the needs of the Pakuranga community. I am asking for your support to continue representing you in Parliament, speaking up for your values and working hard to get things done for Pakuranga.
Party list rank
37
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Commercial Finance
Place of residence
Pakuranga Electorate
Age
29
2017 Result
Won Pakuranga
38
Ian McKelvie
Ian McKelvie
National Party
My local priorities
To ensure we have an equitable tax system that does not disincentive our productive sector. To ensure the Palmerston North Ring Road gets finished to allow the region to reach its full potential as a freight hub. To ensure our farming and forestry sector grow mutually to the benefit of all in our region.
Why I’m running
I believe the Rangitīkei is a great place to live and work and I want to ensure it is a great place for future generations to live and work in. New Zealand is the lucky country because of our location and we need to ensure all New Zealanders are able to make the most of our advantages.
About me
I've lived and farmed in the Rangitīkei all my life and want to ensure our farming communities are well represented in parliament. My main interests are in sustainable agricultural systems ensuring we can continue to produce the best food in the world and I believe I have plenty of experience in agriculture, business and life to add to our team in Parliament.
Party list rank
38
First entered Parliament
2011
Before politics
Farmer, company director and Mayor.
Place of residence
Rangitīkei
Age
67
2017 Result
Won Rangitīkei

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Erica Stanford
Erica Stanford
National Party
My local priorities
Green-light Glenvar Road. New school in Albany. Save science at Massey Albany.
Why I’m running
I love the East Coast Bays and representing my local community has been a great privilege over the last three years. I have worked hard to fast-track local roading projects, to save our precious green spaces and marine reserves from development, saved the local police station, fought hard to keep our local charter school open and advocated for an inquiry in to beach water quality. I am continuing to fight for another primary school and to save the science department at Massey Albany.
About me
I am born and bred in the East Coast Bays and worked for the local MP prior to being elected as the member of parliament myself in 2017. My background is in trade and export having worked for two large companies as their export manager. My passion is for our environment and I am proud to have been National's associate spokesperson for the environment and conservation portfolios. I am a proud BlueGreen member of the National party.
Party list rank
39
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Export manager and TV producer
Place of residence
Okura
Age
41
2017 Result
Won East Coast Bays
40
Matt King
Matt King
National Party
My local priorities
Improve our poor record as Northland is the poorest performer in health, crime, education and average incomes. Ensure our core infrastructure such as digital connectivity, transport links and water storage is upgraded. Ensure Northland stays on the radar of central government and is never again the forgotten region.
Why I’m running
I want to use the lessons I have learned and my life experiences to date to help influence positive change in our communities.
About me
I was raised in the North and am closely connected to the region and its people. Having served 14 years in the Police, run several small businesses, including being a farmer and raised a family I believe everyone if given the right nurturing environment and positive role models can achieve their goals and dreams.
Party list rank
40
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Business owner and farmer
Place of residence
Mid North
Age
52
2017 Result
Won Northland
41
Chris Penk
Chris Penk
National Party
My local priorities
Advocate for better transport infrastructure (e.g. roads, passenger rail) in our area. Seek more classrooms for existing schools and a new school in Auckland's northwest. Ensure that the needs of the rural north are not forgotten by decision makers in Wellington and Auckland Council.
Why I’m running
I want to serve the community as a local MP who continues to advocate strongly for better results in our area. Issues facing Auckland's rural north include poor transport infrastructure (for example, the rough rural roads and a lack of passenger rail) and other services needed in the area. I want to ensure that central and local government decision makers respond so that the good people of Kaipara ki Mahurangi have an even better place to live, work and play.
About me
I've lived most of my life in West Auckland, currently right at the boundary of the Helensville electorate that I represent. I'm a husband, father, dog owner, Warriors fan and cricket nerd. I believe strongly in values such as personal responsibility and equality of opportunity, consistent with the principles of the National Party.
Party list rank
41
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Naval officer then lawyer
Place of residence
Glen Eden
Age
40
2017 Result
Won Helensville
42
Tim van de Molen
Tim van de Molen
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Waikato electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Extend Waikato Expressway to Piarere, then to Tauranga (including a tunnel). Strong transport links will drive economic growth. Expand the rollout of fibre and ultra-fast broadband. Improving connectivity is vital for our communities and businesses. Assess the feasibility of a Great Walk along the Kaimai Range. Our natural environment has so much to offer.
Why I’m running
I am passionate about my community and my country. I believe strongly that New Zealand needs a government that enables businesses, communities, families and individuals to succeed. Currently, we are overburdened with rules, red tape and compliance and I will be working to reduce this. I'm also passionate about the agriculture sector and want to help develop solutions to enable greater productivity with a lower impact.
About me
I was born and raised in the Waikato and am now raising my own family here. I have a varied background including farming, running my own businesses, an Army Officer, and a rural bank manager. I firmly believe in personal responsibility, individual freedom of choice, reward for hard work, strong families underpinning our society.
Party list rank
42
First entered Parliament
2017
Before politics
Business, Army, Banker, Farmer
Place of residence
Waikato
Age
37
2017 Result
Won Waikato
43
Dan Bidois
Dan Bidois
National Party
My local priorities
Transport: hold AT accountable for trialling a permanent clearway on Onawa Rd. Transport: ensure AT delivers a re-opened Northcote Pt ferry wharf for our community. Economy: promote policies which make it easy for businesses to hire staff and reduce unemployment.
Why I’m running
I love our Northcote community, its views, rich history, diversity and proud community spirit. I'm standing for re-election as I see so much potential for our community to continue to be the best place to live, work and raise a family into the future. Although we face deep economic challenges, I believe with the right ideas, experience and vision our community and country can prosper in a post-Covid world. National is best placed to deliver for our community and I'm proud to be part of this team.
About me
I live in Birkenhead with my fiancée Courtney. Elected in 2018, I am currently National's Spokesperson for Workplace Relations and Safety. I have over 10 years' experience as an economist and strategist working in NZ, Europe and Asia. I hold a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, where I attended as a Fulbright Scholar. I also hold degrees in Commerce (Hons) and Arts from the University of Auckland and completed a butcher's apprenticeship after high school.
Party list rank
43
First entered Parliament
2018
Before politics
Strategy Manager at Foodstuffs
Place of residence
Birkenhead
Age
37
2017 Result
Did not stand
44
Jo Hayes
Jo Hayes
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
44
First entered Parliament
2014
2017 Result
2nd in Christchurch East

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Katie Nimon
Katie Nimon
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Napier electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Improve our State Highways, to make our communities safer, and our industries more productive. Fight for a reduction in youth entering gangs, to prevent growth in organised crime and drug use. Advocate for farmers and businesses that are too heavily regulated, so our communities can thrive.
Why I’m running
Now, more than ever, New Zealanders need real and relatable representation in Parliament. They need someone in touch with what is going on locally, that has the ability to represent them at a national level. I've always been an advocate, and I know I can make an impact. I'm motivated to make a positive difference in the Napier electorate; a diverse, productive, innovative, and beautiful part of our country. I'm a listener and a learner, and I want to help everyone, from Meeanee to Matawai.
About me
I am a community business person first and foremost. I've been bought up with the National party values of hard work and enterprise, and know that if you allow businesses to thrive, then our communities benefit. I'm a listener, a learner, and a problem solver. I love meeting people, getting to know their issues, and finding a way to help. I'm fuelled by making positive change, and I know that the determination I bring to the table, will give Napier a stronger voice, and get results.
Party list rank
45
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
General Manager for Nimon and Sons
Place of residence
Marewa
Age
29
2017 Result
Did not stand
46
Catherine Chu
Catherine Chu
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Banks Peninsula electorate
National Party
My local priorities
To be a strong and effective voice and advocate for the community I represent. Ensure we walk alongside our Kiwis to create jobs, sustainable growth and boundless opportunities for our communities. Education, environment, health, infrastructure, social development.
Why I’m running
My commitment to giving back to our community has led me to a passion in public service. Our region needs a strong and effective advocate who can champion the issues important to us including protecting our natural environment, more jobs, safer communities, quality roading infrastructure, access to water, and lower taxes. I'll do my utmost best to be your strong and passionate voice to deliver results for you, your families and our communities.
About me
I was born and bred in Christchurch and currently live in our electorate. I entered the University of Canterbury at age 15 and my professional career in the last six years have been in the Banking and Finance industry. For the past few years, I have also been serving at Local Government level gaining skills to be a strong advocate for the community, and learning how to get results. I am passionate about my community and focused on delivering real results that make positive change.
Party list rank
46
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Private Banker, Councillor, CDHB
Place of residence
Banks Peninsula
Age
24
2017 Result
Did not stand
47
Hamish Campbell
Hamish Campbell
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Wigram electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
47
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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David Patterson
David Patterson
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rongotai electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Second Mt Victoria tunnel and no-nonsense road network and transport system for eastern /southern suburbs. Government co-investment with council in water and sewerage systems. More affordable housing, achieved in part by Government co-investment with council in new housing infrastructure.
Why I’m running
I am fully committed to a vibrant secure future for my family and all families in NZ and I intend to make a difference. My goals in Parliament are: one, to help NZ through crisis and ensure sensible decisions are made and my sons' and others futures are not mortgaged by excessive debt now for poor return; two, to ensure quality infrastructure and housing is delivered to meet demand; three, to ensure NZ's tax system is reformed fairly; four, move NZ to a country that delivers equal opportunity for all.
About me
I am a Wellingtonian and have lived here all my life (excepting a 6 year period in US/ France). I have a 35 year track record of delivering results for clients as one of NZ's top commercial/tax lawyers. I have 16 years experience chairing the policy arm of the National Party (volunteer role), 13 years working closely with Sir Bill English. I have a track record of delivering for our community in volunteer roles as Chair Tennis NZ, Fulbright NZ, Wellington Tennis and pro bono legal work.
Party list rank
48
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Partner at Chapman Tripp
Place of residence
Wadestown
Age
60
2017 Result
Did not stand
49
Lisa Whyte
Lisa Whyte
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for New Lynn electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Infrastructure to cater for current and expected growth, e.g. teaching space capacity to reduce pressure on full rolls. Champion the safe opening of the walking tracks in the Waitakere Ranges alongside local government representatives. Advocate for a sustainable and fit-for-purpose three water management strategy to improve local water quality.
Why I’m running
I believe there is always an opportunity to make a difference for the next generation through service. I am aspirational for my family and every family in New Zealand. We can and should do more for those in need, and provide a regulatory environment where hard work is rewarded. I will work hard for our country to protect what is special and change what can be better. I am passionate about effective service to our communities, and competent governance of our amazing country.
About me
I bring a proven track record of experience in community leadership, with 15 years in elected roles at Auckland Council. I have a degree in Economics and Politics, and a Diploma in Corporate Treasury. I have a background in finance both in Europe and NZ before I moved into local government. We have a diverse and exciting electorate with many challenges and opportunities as a result of rapid growth. I will be an effective advocate and problem solver for this fabulous place.
Party list rank
49
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Finance, Local Board member
Place of residence
Coatesville
Age
51
2017 Result
Did not stand
50
Rima Nakhle
Rima Nakhle
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Takanini electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Ensuring our Takanini small businesses are well supported to cope with the current economic crisis. Upgrading the Mill Road corridor to four lanes to help ease congestion in Takanini, and for health and safety reasons. Advocating for our local schools to have more classrooms built as the population grows in Takanini e.g. Ormiston Primary.
Why I’m running
Takanini is my home and I am blessed to have lived and worked here for close to a decade and am actively involved in our local community. I have always been drawn to advocacy and service, and would love to represent my home, Takanini, and its residents - my neighbours - in Parliament. As a local, I have a deep understanding of Takanini's challenges, as well as our strengths. In me you will have a passionate and committed voice for Takanini who is accessible and accountable to you and your families.
About me
One of five children, born to Lebanese parents who raised us with strong family values, I completed a degree in Law before marrying my husband Roger and moving to Takanini. Together, we run an emergency and transitional housing facility located in Takanini, and love to give back to our community through our charitable trust and by sponsoring local sports. Takanini has so much to offer. It needs a voice who will make sure we're not an after thought, and that our needs are persistently addressed.
Party list rank
50
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Executive manager
Place of residence
The Gardens
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand
51
Liam Kernaghan
Liam Kernaghan
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Taieri electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Economic recovery: get our fair share of the opportunities and benefits. Support our primary sector and take the target off the backs of farmers. Housing: repeal the RMA and replace it so we can develop affordable, good housing across the Taieri electorate.
Why I’m running
This is my home. I strongly believe Taieri deserves a strong, local champion to advocate hard in Wellington for our interests. Whether it is our rural communities who are the backbone of our economy, who feed us and the world, or our strong urban centres which have our small businesses, our hospitals and our schools, I want to represent the very best of New Zealand right here in Taieri.
About me
I'm a born and bred Dunedinite and very proud southern man. I went to John McGlashan College and then got my law degree from the University of Otago. Dunedin is my home, it's where I grew up and I feel very strongly about having a strong voice for our area in Parliament. That's why it is such a huge privilege to be running for Parliament this election as National's candidate for the new seat of Taieri.
Party list rank
51
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Senior Advisor
Place of residence
Dunedin
Age
30
2017 Result
Did not stand
52
Bala Beeram
Bala Beeram
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Kelston electorate
National Party
My local priorities
More jobs! I would strongly advocate for policy enabling the creation of more quality jobs. I support better transport links. We need better linkages between bus and train timetables, more park 'n ride capacity. Better education: I will strongly advocate for increasing the quality of education at all levels.
Why I’m running
Kelston is a vibrant and diverse part of Auckland, filled with so many hard working families who are trying to get ahead. The people of Kelston need a strong voice in Parliament that understands the challenges and difficulties faced by them. I believe that Kelston needs a government that enables job growth. If elected, I will spend my time delivering on issues that matter for Kelston and this great country. Instead of empty slogans, I will bring real and positive change to West Auckland.
About me
I've lived in Avondale for the past 21 years, along with my wife and daughter. I have a Master's degree in Chemistry and currently work in a management role for a West Auckland-based business. I am an active member of the community, organising many fundraisers for local cultural associations. I believe that quality jobs and strong families are the cornerstone to success for any community. I believe that only National has the skills and policy to deliver for all New Zealanders.
Party list rank
52
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Supervisor for Food testing company
Place of residence
Avondale
2017 Result
2nd in Kelston
53
Lincoln Platt
Lincoln Platt
National Party
My local priorities
Hold our council to account for neglect toward post-quake regeneration of shopping areas, infrastructure and roads. Support increasing police resources for better public access, security and to tackle harm associated with gangs. Advocate to reinstate a Primary Birthing Unit at Burwood Hospital to reduce travel distance to other birthing units.
Why I’m running
I've spent three decades in the architectural and construction industry, navigating complex issues through governing bodies. I have volunteered a lot of time with several charitable trusts, school boards and community organisations. I own a successful business which changed focus post-quake to help vulnerable people rebuild their homes. The experience of losing my family home in the red zone drove me to help many families through the difficult rebuild process. I am ready to represent you.
About me
I am passionate about providing affordable housing, it has a huge impact on poverty in New Zealand. By correcting this situation is how we empower families to have a better quality of life. Our economy must be managed well ensuring debt is managed well and spent responsibly to reduce the burden on future generations. Our basic post-quake infrastructure needs to be completed to a reasonable standard; the frustrating neglect of our eastern suburbs must stop. I want better leadership.
Party list rank
53
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Architectural designer home builder
Place of residence
Christchurch
Age
47
2017 Result
Did not stand
54
William Wood
William Wood
National Party
My local priorities
Support proven local community housing providers and replace the RMA to get houses built in our city. Build the Manawatu Ring Road to get freight trucks off domestic roads making our city safer and helping local businesses. Create opportunities for people in our city to get into work by supporting students, job seekers, and current migrants.
Why I’m running
I grew up in a family where I was told not to complain about something if I didn't want to do something about it. I was born and bred in Palmerston North and don't want to see our city get left off the map going into the 2020's. We need sensible, pragmatic solutions to problems in housing, transport, the economy, health, and the environment. We need a strong local MP in our city. I don't want to look back in 20 years time and regret not trying to make a difference.
About me
I have been a passionate advocate for local issues, working to get funding for health programs in the Manawatū. My experience may be different to other candidates but I don't believe that makes it less valuable. I have been one of New Zealand's top youth diplomats, youth policy developers, and Youth MP for the Rangitīkei. Everybody in New Zealand no matter who they are deserves a fair chance in life. I want to help shape our country's future and add to the diversity of thinking in our democracy.
Party list rank
54
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Youth MP for the Rangitīkei
Place of residence
Rural Linton
Age
18
2017 Result
Did not stand
55
Nuwi Samarakone
Nuwi Samarakone
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Manurewa electorate
National Party
My local priorities
The wealth of our people: support jobs and job creation for the community of Manurewa including our youth. The safety of our people: reduce crime and violence and support mental health challenges. The health of our people: reduce overcrowding in schools, homes and more funding for health care in the Super Clinic.
Why I’m running
I'm standing for parliament because I care about New Zealanders and the future we face in an uncertain world. I am standing for Manurewa because I have worked here for over three years particularly with youth, children of South Auckland and businesses. Parliament needs passionate individuals who are ambitious for our country to be strong representatives in parliament. As your MP I will be a tireless campaigner for Manurewa's families, businesses and schools.
About me
I'm Nuwi Samarakone and I am your National Candidate for Manurewa. Ten years ago I set up a business helping hundreds of young people in South Auckland get part time and full time jobs. That has enabled me to work in South Auckland with schools, communities and businesses. I'm known as capable and hard-working, I am ambitious for Manurewa and its people and I work hard and drive results to get the job done. I ask for your vote so I can listen, deliver, represent and support you and your family.
Party list rank
55
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Business owner
Age
34
2017 Result
Did not stand
56
Mark Crofskey
Mark Crofskey
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Remutaka electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Four-lane the River Rd – from Silverstream to Whakatiki St – and replace Moonshine Bridge, four lanes to Te Marua to follow. Reduce regulation and red-tape and work to move costs for local infrastructure (e.g. water) onto a sustainable funding basis. Work to promote business growth – and oppose tax increases on the people and businesses of Remutaka to support them.
Why I’m running
NZ and Remutaka are great places and deserve a National government equipped to deal with the economic challenges ahead. I grew up here during the recessions of the '80s and '90s and I'm standing because I want us all to have the services and work and business opportunities that only a strong economy can deliver. I back the people of Remutaka to deliver that. I want to help and I am backing National to deliver the infrastructure and policies needed to support us all and their businesses.
About me
I grew up, went to school and uni from the electorate. I am on the board of my old school, sponsor local sports teams and have been working full-time in Remutaka since December 2019. My first job and business was here and my first law job was working for an Upper Hutt lawyer. My background is in law and business: both here and abroad and I have been both a partner of a major international law firm and the world's largest professional services firm. Like many of you family is my #1 priority.
Party list rank
56
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Partner at PWC
Place of residence
Wadestown
Age
45
2017 Result
Did not stand
57
Jake Bezzant
Jake Bezzant
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Upper Harbour electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Infrastructure. Tackling Auckland's congestion means more time with your family. Housing. We must reform the RMA and work with the private sector to build a wider range of housing. Law and order. Gangs have no place in our communities, but under Labour membership is growing.
Why I’m running
I want to be New Zealand's first minister of tech. New Zealand has a once in a generation opportunity to use tech to create the tens of thousands of highly-paid long-term jobs that our regions desperately need. By the election, up to 100,000 Kiwis may have lost their jobs. With the right support from Government, tech means a more diversified economy, higher incomes, and more Kiwis achieving their goals – like becoming first home owners.
About me
I come from a typical Kiwi family. Dad was a bricklayer, I went to Cambridge High School, made coffee to put myself through law school. Shortly after I joined Parking Sense I was given the opportunity to take the business to the US as CEO. In under five and a half years, Parking Sense grew from a business without any clients, products or revenue to leading the world in its sector, operating in 51 markets and employing hundreds of staff.
Party list rank
57
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
CEO of Parking Sense
Place of residence
West Harbour
Age
32
2017 Result
Did not stand
58
Mike Butterick
Mike Butterick
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Wairarapa electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Protect and grow our provincial economy. Provincial New Zealand is the engine room for our economy. Enduring infrastructure investment (water, roading and our communities) that enables sustainable growth. Sensible environmental policies that improve, not impede, the Wairarapa electorate.
Why I’m running
I'm very proudly provincial New Zealand and I'm privileged to be a part of it. I want to make sure provincial New Zealand has the same opportunities and positive outcomes as those in cities, so that our children and grandchildren will have a productive and bright future.
About me
I've lived in provincial New Zealand my entire life, I'm a product of it and I understand it. I have 'lived' experience working in it, running a large farming business, and raising a family that's been educated in it. I'm prepared to stand up and fight for all of the people in the Wairarapa electorate to ensure positive outcomes for all.
Party list rank
58
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Farming businessman
Place of residence
Rural Masterton, Wairarapa
Age
48
2017 Result
Did not stand
59
Tim Costley
Tim Costley
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Ōtaki electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Transport: building a four-lane expressway to Levin, commuter rail north of Waikanae and fix the Peka Peka interchange. Health: fight to attract more GPs to our region and to provide more out-patient services locally. Education: build a new primary school at Waikanae beach starting in the next term of Government.
Why I’m running
I care about the country we live in. I want my three daughters to be able to bring up their families with the kind of experiences I had growing in NZ. I've spent almost 20 years serving in the Air Force, but now I want to bring the skills and experiences I've gained there to serve our community more broadly. Now, more than ever, we need to be selecting the very best people to represent us both locally and nationally. That's why I'm offering to be part of the team that shapes the future of NZ.
About me
I have served NZ in conflict zones like Afghanistan and East Timor and flown rescue missions in NZ, but my experience is far broader. I founded and ran a national charity, I planned elections in PNG and ran disaster relief in Fiji. I've led large teams, been a counsellor, teacher, mentor, budget manager, and policy advisor. My ability to work across a range of areas, adapting quickly, is critical to that varied role of a local MP, and above all, I'll work harder than any other local candidate.
Party list rank
59
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Air Force Officer and pilot.
Place of residence
Waikanae
Age
40
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Nicola Grigg
Nicola Grigg
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Selwyn electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Advocate hard for Prebbleton residents concerned about the impact of the proposed waste processing facility. Support initiatives to preserve our natural environment, and mitigate the impacts of climate change. Ensure farming businesses are backed by science to help farm their way to better environmental outcomes.
Why I’m running
I am from a farming background with professional experience in export market growth. My goal is to use this background and skill set to return New Zealand to National's proven formula of economic management to recover from the economic devastation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now, more than ever, we need to deliver a message of hope and ambition to New Zealanders by offering practical, solutions-driven policy and ideas to drive an export-led recovery – as only National can.
About me
Now, more than ever, Selwyn needs strong, competent representatives who can cross the rural-urban boundary, who have the capability to lobby for projects that will rebuild our economy, put people back in jobs, fund our hospitals, build new schools and to help families. As a candidate I am doing what I can across Selwyn to advocate for businesses, communities and families. I am so ambitious for Selwyn and for Canterbury – I truly believe that this region will lead New Zealand's economic recovery.
Party list rank
60
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Customer Manager at NZTE
Place of residence
Prebbleton, Selwyn
Age
39
2017 Result
Did not stand
61
Christopher Luxon
Christopher Luxon
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Botany electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
61
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Joseph Mooney
Joseph Mooney
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Southland electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Support the health of our communities both physically and mentally. Support flexible, innovative and practical solutions for businesses and employees in a challenging economic time. Support our primary sector to ensure our domestic food security and our export-led island economy.
Why I’m running
I was a child in the country in the 1980s when a Labour government was elected and brought in changes that had a dramatic impact on the farming community. My parents could not get work anymore, and our family had no food on the table. I remember going down to the river to pick blackberries because we couldn't afford food. The Reserve Bank says we are facing our biggest economic downturn in 160 years. We need to get the policy settings right, and do so quickly, so kids don't go hungry.
About me
I did not get UE, and spent years in the school of hard knocks, working on farms, orchards, forestry, fishing boats, building sites, retail stores, hospitality, skifields, rafting companies & sports stores amongst others. I have helped build small business here and overseas. The challenge of dealing with endless regulations while trying to run a business led me to studying law as an adult student. I obtained an honours degree in law. I have also been a volunteer firefighter and Army Reservist.
Party list rank
62
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Senior trial lawyer
Place of residence
Queenstown
Age
41
2017 Result
Did not stand
63
Penny Simmonds
Penny Simmonds
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Invercargill electorate
National Party
My local priorities
To fight for Tiwai aluminium smelter to remain operating. To correct the myth that Tiwai has been subsidized – it hasn't! To undo the legislation that created a mega merged Polytechnic entity and return Polytechnics to their communities. To ensure Southland roads and bridges are funded to provide a fit for purpose infrastructure for our primary sector.
Why I’m running
I have spent the last 23 years as Chief Executive of the Southern Institute of Technology where I have worked closely with the Invercargill and Southland communities and our iconic leaders like His Worship Sir Tim Shadbolt and Kaumatua Michael Skerrett to enhance the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of our people. I became increasingly frustrated with decisions being made in Wellington that were impacting negatively on the strategies we were embracing as a community to advance our region.
About me
I have spent 30-plus years in a variety of community leadership roles across a range of organisations in both paid and voluntary capacities including health board, museum board, Southland Disability Enterprise, Hockey Southland, Otago Southland Film Trust, Venture Southland, Community Trust South. In addition to these roles I have played, coached and undertaken administration roles for hockey at a club, provincial and national level. My husband and I have been farming for 36 years.
Party list rank
63
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Chief Executive SIT
Place of residence
Mabel Bush, Southland
Age
60
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Tania Tapsell
Tania Tapsell
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for East Coast electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Grow our local economy. Jobs for our children. Security for our seniors.
Why I’m running
I'm standing because I want to make it easier for people to get ahead. I'm focused on growing our local economy, jobs for our children, and security for our seniors. This government has created a mountain of debt. The National team and I bring the skills, experience and vision needed to get our economy and communities back on track. I will fight for you and your family, so please support me by voting Tania Tapsell to be your new East Coast MP.
About me
My family and I live in and have a strong connection to the East Coast. I've served as a local government councillor for seven years so I know how politics work and I know how to get things done. I have worked in tourism, BNZ, and at Deloitte as a consultant supporting businesses to invest and grow. I have a Bachelor in Management Studies and am currently working on my Masters of Management. You can be confident that I understand and support our businesses. I will deliver for our community.
Party list rank
64
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Deloitte consultant
Place of residence
Maketu, Eastern Bay of Plenty
Age
27
2017 Result
Did not stand
65
Simon Watts
Simon Watts
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for North Shore electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Advocate for constructing the second Waitematā harbour crossing. Fight for waste water infrastructure investment to stop sewage polluting beaches and risking people's health. Advocate for fixing congestion with solutions that work.
Why I’m running
The North Shore is blessed with talent and opportunities, with strong community partnerships and an outstanding natural environment. I'm going to build on this, harnessing the talent we have here and making our voices heard in Wellington so we get our fair share of resources. Whether that's improving transport links, upgrading our wastewater to make our beaches safer to swim at, supporting our local businesses during or ensuring our frontline health services get the support they need.
About me
I'm a Kiwi and recently I was the deputy chief financial officer at Waitematā DHB. Before this, I was in London during the 2008 global financial crisis in senior banking roles and am an emergency ambulance volunteer with St John. My wife and I and our two boys live on the Shore.
Party list rank
65
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Place of residence
North Shore
Age
41
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Emma Mellow
Emma Mellow
National Party
My local priorities
Jobs. Our $31 billion infrastructure package and job boosting initiatives like JobStart will help small businesses. Fairer and better ferry services for Waiheke. National will invest $300 million over ten years in the ferry system. Further protect the Hauraki Gulf. Only 0.3% of the park is a 'no-take' marine reserve. I'll continue Nikki's progress.
Why I’m running
Auckland Central needs a National Party MP just like we need a National government. We have a plan for the economy and we have a strong team under Judith Collins. Our country and our electorate are facing big economic challenges. I'm also concerned with social issues in our communities, including high rates of domestic and family violence and access to world-class healthcare. We've had a fantastic MP in Nikki Kaye for the past 12 years and I'll be working hard to build on her legacy.
About me
I am a young, socially liberal woman who believes in the values of equal opportunity, personal freedom and reward for hard work. Auckland Central is my home. I work, live and play here with my fiancé, Chris. The most important job of a MP is to be a strong listener, to fight hard and advocate for their constituents. This government does not have the solutions, only we have a plan for jobs and will deliver transformational infrastructure for Auckland.
Party list rank
66
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
Before politics
Senior manager at ANZ Bank
Place of residence
Eden Terrace, Auckland Central
Age
30
2017 Result
Did not stand
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Megan Hands
Megan Hands
Not currently in parliamentCandidate for Rangitata electorate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
67
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Adrienne Pierce
Adrienne Pierce
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
68
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Senthuran Arulanantham
Senthuran Arulanantham
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
69
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Sang Cho
Sang Cho
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
70
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau
Rachel Afeaki-Taumoepeau
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
71
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Trish Collett
Trish Collett
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
72
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Ava Neal
Ava Neal
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
73
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Katrina Bungard
Katrina Bungard
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
74
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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Shelley Pilkington
Shelley Pilkington
Not currently in parliamentList only candidate
National Party
My local priorities
Party list rank
75
First entered Parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 Result
Did not stand

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