This morning, we released our list for the 2017 election. We’re really proud of this team – it’s fresh and talented, with a good dose of experience thrown in too! It’s also really representative of New Zealand, which will add more diversity to our Parliament.
We’re looking forward to welcoming the newcomers who’ll be joining our caucus come September. Here's the lowdown on some of the new names:
Priyanca is a Kiwi of Indian origin, and is a policy advisor living in Auckland. She’s spent much of her working life advocating on behalf of groups of people and lobbying government for positive change – good practice for being an effective MP! Priyanca lives in Auckland with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
Maungakiekie candidate Priyanca Radhakrishnan
Jan has lived in Tauranga with her family for more than a decade. She’s the principal of Merivale School, Tauranga’s only decile 1 school, and has fought for families to access the basics and for kids to have equal educational opportunities. Check out her recent interview on Breakfast about the housing challenges many of her students face here.
Willow-Jean is of Ngā Puhi descent and is a former lawyer who’s now into her second term on the Far North District Council. Willow-Jean’s previous experience is in law, advocacy, and Māori and community development. She lives in Kaikohe with her husband and their daughter.
Northland candidate Willow-Jean Prime with Andrew Little
Kiri is of Nga ti Ranginui and Tūwharetoa descent, and works as a commercial lawyer and business consultant in Whakatane. Her work takes her all around the East Coast electorate. This year Kiri’s keeping a candidate diary for The Spinoff – you can read the first instalment here.
Willie Jackson, list candidate
Willie is a well-known broadcaster and political commentator, and he’s the Chief Executive of the Manukau Urban Māori Authority. He has long been a strong voice for urban Māori as well as a highly effective campaigner.
Ginny loves living in the Hutt Valley with her family. She has worked for the Police for the last ten years and previously worked as a negotiator for the Office of Treaty Settlements. She’s also fluent in Te Reo Māori. Check out Ginny’s blog post about why it’s time to change the Government here.
Jo has lived in Rangitata for twenty years, and started her own successful business there, an early childhood centre with seven staff. She’s a Living Wage employer and an active volunteer in her community. Jo is married to Matt and has three children and two stepchildren.
Rangitata candidate Jo Luxton with Andrew Little
Liz is proud to call Invercargill home. She’s a public health doctor and as part of her work, has spent the past decade monitoring the health of our children and young people.
Marja is a proud Kiwi of Dutch, Indonesian and Chinese origin, and a proud immigrant who arrived to New Zealand in 1989. Marja is a lawyer and the Director of Organising (Aviation) for the E tū union. She has lived in Rodney for ten years with her husband Shane and son Max.
Tamati is of Ngati Whakaue, Tuhourangi, Ngati Tuwharetoa and Ngai Te Rangi descent. You may recognise him from your television screen: he’s an award-winning TV presenter turned Māori business owner. He owns Rotorua’s only hospitality-accredited Living Wage business.
Waiariki candidate Tamati Coffey
Jamie is a school teacher, a father of four, and a former church minister. He’s a Hamilton Boys’ High School old boy and cares deeply about education.
To see the full list, click here.
To read profiles for all our candidates, click here.