Barbara Edmonds is a mother of eight, a specialist tax lawyer, and community fanatic. Titahi Bay, Porirua has been home to Barbara, her husband Chris (Nga Puhi) and their eight children for the last 12 years.
Barbara has a wealth of experience and a unique set of skills. At one level, day-to-day, she is a senior advisor to a Government Minister and was a key contributor to the Government’s law reforms following the March 15 Terror Attacks. She’s proud of her work in helping to make Aotearoa, New Zealand a safer place.
Most recently, Barbara has been heavily involved in the Government’s tax, social policy, small business and economic responses to COVID-19.Read more
At a local level, Barbara is that mum. That mum on the side of the sports field on a Saturday morning, cheering her kids on. She’s their biggest fan. Barbara is currently a member on the Board of Trustees for Mana College.
She’s also coached, managed and volunteered at many of her community’s local clubs such as, Norths Rugby Club, Raptors Tag Club, Porirua City Tag, Titahi Bay Surf Club, Titahi Bay Athletics Club and KBJ Netball.
Barbara was brought up in a Labour household. The safety nets provided by previous Labour governments meant that as a child, she never fell through the cracks.
She has been moulded and shaped by quintessential Labour values. She wants to use these values to improve the lives of people and families in Mana so that it is the best place to live, work, go to school and raise a family.