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Hon Dr Megan Woods

MP for Wigram

Minister of Energy and Resources, Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Research, Science and Innovation, and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission

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Hon Megan Woods is a Christchurch local, and has been the Member of Parliament for Wigram since 2011. Following the 2017 election, Megan was sworn in as a Minister of the Crown with portfolio responsibilities including the Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Energy and Resources, Research, Science and Innovation, and responsibility for the Earthquake Commission.

In her role as a local MP, Megan has worked alongside Cantabrians on important issues, in particular as many move on from the devastating earthquakes that struck the city in 2010 and 2011. With her ministerial focus on Christchurch, she wants closure for all Cantabrians.

In Opposition, Megan held various portfolios - including Climate Change and Canterbury Issues - helping her to gain an understanding of a wide range of issues and build important relationships, especially in Christchurch. Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Megan worked as a Business Manager at Plant & Food Research. She holds a PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury.

In between a busy schedule, Megan enjoys watching cricket, rugby and spending her free time with friends and family.

Contact Hon Dr Megan Woods

Wigram electorate office

Address: Shop 8, McCarthy Street Shops, Corner of McCarthy Street and Rowley Avenue, Hoon Hay
Phone: 03 338 6347
Email: megan.woods@wigram.org.nz

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 6618
Email: megan.woods@parliament.govt.nz


Latest from Hon Dr Megan Woods

Celebrating 40 years of science cooperation

November 06, 2017

Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has today welcomed German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at an event in Wellington to celebrate 40 years of thriving science cooperation between New Zealand and Germany.


National failing to deliver on R&D goals for New Zealand

March 29, 2017

Today’s release of the 2016 Research and Development Survey figures shows that the Government is falling further behind its goal to be ‘better than comparable countries’, says Labour’s Research and Innovation Spokesperson Megan Woods.

“The figures show a government that is headed in the wrong direction. Government spending as a percentage of GDP actually fell to 0.26 per cent in 2016 – continuing a four year declining trend. Total R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP is now a paltry 1.28 per cent – almost exactly where it was in 2012.


Government needs to ensure fair deal on EQC assessments

November 29, 2016

Kiwis affected by earthquakes might not get a fair deal if the Government pushes ahead with secret plans to let private insurers take over the assessment of claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.

“Under questioning from Labour the Government has admitted that they’re in discussions to privatise a core function of EQC to decide how much a claim is worth, giving that function to the very businesses who have to pay out those claims.


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