Annette King

Deputy Leader & MP for Rongotai

Spokesperson for Health

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Annette has proudly represented the eastern and southern suburbs of Wellington for 21 years.  Annette is also the MP for the Chatham Islands, which gives her both an urban and rural view of people's concerns. Getting involved in the local community and advocating for the values and policies of Labour is Annette's passion.  Her number one hobby is her grandkids, with travel and movies when there is time to spare.

Career Highlights

  • Annette set up the Community Employment Development Group when she was the Minister of Employment.
  • She brought democracy back to the public health system through the establishment of District Health Boards and the passage of the NZ Public Health and Disability Act.
  • As Minister of Health, Annette approved the rebuild of hospitals under the fifth Labour government from Kaitaia to Invercargill.
  • On behalf of the Labour Government, she signed and ratified the UN Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which now guides tobacco policy in NZ.
  • Annette also secured funding for Chatham Islands infrastructure (only for the National government to cancel it!)

Contact Annette King

Rongotai electorate office in Newtown

Phone: 04 389 0989
Physical: 172 Riddiford St Newtown, Wellington 6021

Parliamentary Office

Phone: 04 817 9103

Latest from Annette King

Too many Kiwis in pain waiting for operations

April 11, 2016

The Health Minister must take urgent action to help the 174,000 New Zealanders that a new report estimates can’t even get on a waiting list for surgery, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

“A new report by global research company TNS says these 174,000 Kiwis have been turned down for publicly-funded operations because their pain is not considered severe enough or their GPs want to monitor their conditions.

Underfunding hip & knee surgeries hurts

April 07, 2016

New research showing that people who would have got hip or knee surgery six years ago wouldn’t get it now reveals how broken our health system is, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.

“The New Zealand Medical Journal article reveals people in Otago aren’t receiving surgery when they need it and they’re becoming more disabled by the time they get treatment, if they get treatment at all.

Minister should put his mouth where his money isn’t

April 01, 2016

The Health Minister should prove his claims that meals served by all district health boards meet standards – and stay for an early dinner at Dunedin Hospital when he visits this afternoon, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

“I challenge Jonathan Coleman to try one of the meals that are being offered to patients when he visits Dunedin’s oncology department. Let him eat slops.

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