Gaurav works as a General Practitioner in Nawton and lives in Frankton. He studied medicine at The University of Auckland Medical School and did part of his training in Waikato-Bay of Plenty region (Hamilton, Tauranga, Coromandel).
As a local doctor from Hamilton West, he gets to hear first-hand the concerns of many in the community. As a first-home owner and former small business owner he can relate to the challenges that lie ahead in the post-pandemic world.Read more
He has previously been involved in public health, policy and consulting in New Zealand, Spain, USA, Nepal, Vietnam, Switzerland and Mongolia. He has a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from The George Washington University in Washington D.C. where he was a Fulbright Scholar.
As a former Board Member of Auckland Refugee Council, Gaurav advocated for equal rights for non-quota refugees and the doubling of our refugee quotas for years before it became Labour Party policy. He has been involved in rebuilding two villages and helping revamp the infrastructure and economic capacity of communities that were affected by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal through the Sangsangai NGO.
The journey of Gaurav’s family in New Zealand started with his father moving here from India when Gaurav was young. In the six years it took to find a job in his field of work, he experienced homelessness—sleeping on park benches and eating at the Auckland City Mission and Hare Krishna. Gaurav and his whānau have always been thankful for the opportunities that were created for them by Labour policies in social security, education and health. This is what inspired Gaurav to join Labour, firstly as a party member, secondly as a grassroots volunteer in 2014, and now as a candidate.
Gaurav will be a strong voice for Hamilton West by bringing his robust background in healthcare, along with experience in management to the post-pandemic recovery phase.