Born and raised in Rotorua, Ben Sandford loves the central Bay of Plenty and all that it has to offer. Having attended Rotorua Boys’ High School, Ben is a three-time New Zealand Winter Olympian and currently works within the nation’s ‘coolest little hotspot’ as a lawyer.
While competing for New Zealand, Ben became involved in sport governance and is a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee, the World Anti-Doping Agency Athlete Committee, and is the Vice President of Legal Affairs of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation.
His passion to become Rotorua’s next elected MP comes from Ben’s desire to correct the road of inequality the National government is currently laying throughout the heartland of regional New Zealand.
Ben seeks to address the far-reaching consequences of National's squeezing of middle-income New Zealand, the housing crisis and their slow yet deliberate erosion of our education and health sectors. As a diabetic himself, he understands just how destructive National’s $1.7 billion of health cuts have been for Kiwis all around the country.
Ben believes that Labour’s policies, leadership and fresh ideas will safeguard access to opportunity, medical care, skills, and healthy homes, providing all Kiwis with the building blocks needed to succeed.
One of Ben’s personal goals is to keep his electorate’s iconic waterways swimmable for future generations. He also hopes to reverse the Government’s inaction and lack of compassion, by replacing it with care for our people, growing communities and an environment where every Kiwi can live with dignity and follow their dreams.