Spokesperson for Health, Public Service, Wellington Issues
Contact Ayesha Verrall
04 817 8733
Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Meet Ayesha Verrall
Dr Ayesha Verrall is a Labour List MP, and has previously held the roles of Minister of Health and Minister of Research, Science and Innovation, as well as the Minister for COVID-19 Response and Minister for Seniors.
Ayesha is an infectious diseases doctor. She is passionate about preventing illness so that every New Zealander can enjoy good health and live a free and full life. Ayesha is a Labour list MP from Wellington, and has previously been the Minister for Food Safety.
Ayesha grew up in Te Anau. She attended medical school at the University of Otago and worked as a junior doctor at Wellington hospital. Ayesha completed her specialist training in Singapore and researched tuberculosis in Indonesia.
In 2019 Ayesha was elected to the Capital and Coast District Health Board on a Labour ticket. She is an expert on vaccines, tuberculosis and COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic response, Ayesha was instrumental in efforts to improve New Zealand’s contact tracing.
Ayesha lives in Wellington with her partner Alice and their daughter.