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Ruth Dyson

MP for Port Hills

Spokesperson for Senior Citizens
Spokesperson for Women's Affairs
Spokesperson for Statistics
Associate Ethnic Communities (South Island) Spokesperson

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Ruth is determined to create and implement a plan to retain skilled and passionate people in the Canterbury region. She aims to include people, particularly young people, in the thinking and planning for the future to create a committed, passionate community in Canterbury.  Ruth thrives on working with and for the diverse communities within her electorate of Port Hills.

  • Involved in women’s organisations, peace movement and environmental groups since early 1970s
  • Campaigner for Kerry Burke 1981 & 1984
  • Campaign worker for Fran Wilde on Homosexual Law Reform Bill 1984
  • Women's Representative, New Zealand Council of the New Zealand Labour Party 1984
  • Executive Member, New Zealand Labour Party 1986
  • Senior Vice President, New Zealand Labour Party 1987
  • Campaign organiser for Fran Wilde 1987
  • President, Labour Party 1988-1993
  • Member of Parliament 1993-present, including 9 years as a Minister.

Contact Ruth Dyson

Electorate office

Physical address: 642 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch
Postal address: PO Box 19661, Woolston, Christchurch
Phone: 03 376 4512
Fax: 03 376 4514
Email: porthills.mp@parliament.govt.nz

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 9768
Email: ruth.dyson@parliament.govt.nz


Latest from Ruth Dyson

Major victory for Redcliffs Community

November 01, 2016

The announcement today by the Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, that Redcliffs School will be returning to Redcliffs, will be greeted with delight by the community, says Ruth Dyson Member of Parliament for Port Hills.


Rates rebate on the cards for retirement village residents

May 05, 2016

People living retirement villages could be entitled to a rates rebate after a Labour Member’s Bill was today pulled from the ballot, Labour’s Senior Citizens spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

“Most residents in retirement villages cannot currently claim a rebate because they pay them indirectly to the retirement village owner and therefore don’t get billed separately.


Dismissal of plea for fairness is disgraceful

April 14, 2016

It is disgraceful that National MPs rejected a plea by Grey Power for fair compensation for red zoned former residents of retirement villages, Labour's Senior Citizens spokesperson, Ruth Dyson said today.

The plea in a petition to Parliament from residents of three retirement villages who were forced from their homes following the February 2011 earthquake was today considered by the Finance and Expenditure committee.


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