Dr Megan Woods


MP for Wigram

Spokesperson for Canterbury Issues, Climate Change, Energy, Innovation & Science, and Research & Development. Associate for Trade and Export Growth

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Growing up and living in the Wigram electorate ensures that Megan has the knowledge and experience to effectively represent the people of Wigram. She is committed to making sure everyone has opportunities and gets a fair go. Megan is also committed to making sure everyone hasaccess to quality, affordable housing, world-class education and skills training, and well-paid jobs.

Megan brings a blend of business, community and academic experience to her role as the MP for Wigram. With experience working as a business manager for a science organisation, Megan has hands-on experience of how government investment in science, research and technology can lead to economic growth creating high-skill, well-paid jobs.

Career Highlights:

  • Member of Parliament for Wigram 2011- present
  • PhD in New Zealand History from the University of Canterbury
  • Business Manager at Plant & Food Research
  • Community Board Member for Spreydon-Heathcote

Contact 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

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 6618


Latest from Dr Megan Woods

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.

EQC’s staff cuts show disregard for quake victims

November 28, 2016

The Earthquake Commission’s stubborn insistence on slashing its workforce and its operational funding by nearly half shows callous disregard for victims of the Kaikoura earthquake and the thousands of Cantabrians still waiting to resolve claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods.

“There are still thousands of claims outstanding six years later from the Canterbury earthquakes for remedial work and an estimated 50,000 more to come in as a result of the massive Kaikoura earthquake,” says Dr Woods.

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