Ingrid Leary

MP for Taieri

“Fair and decent living and working conditions for the people of Dunedin South and the Taieri electorate benefits the whole of New Zealand. Continuing with a Labour-led Government is the only way to keep building on the progress already made.”

Ingrid Leary


South Dunedin electorate office

03 455 5299
[email protected]

Shop 1, South City Mall,
132 Hillside Road, South Dunedin

Parliamentary office

04 817 8815
[email protected]

Freepost Parliament, Private Bag 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Ingrid Leary

Meet Ingrid

Ingrid became the MP for Taieri in October 2020.

Ingrid is the Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Committee and sits on Economic Development Science and Innovation, having previously sat on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade.

She is Co-Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarian NZ Group, Co-Chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Taiwan.

Ingrid is a mother-of-three and is of Dutch/NZ heritage.

Prior to Parliament, Ingrid was an international relations specialist, lawyer, parliamentary press secretary, university lecturer and broadcaster. In 2006, Ingrid received the New Zealand Special Service Medal for her broadcasting work in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in Aceh. She is also a Fellow of the Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Center.

As MP for Taieri, Ingrid hopes to contribute to economic justice and:

  • See more houses, more jobs, better access to health services and more support for our rural communities.
  • Help find creative solutions for our Muslim community who can’t access the housing market because NZ banking models don’t align with their faith.
  • Seek climate and economic justice for the 10 thousand people who live on the Dunedin flats.
  • Advocate to future-proof South Dunedin from flooding and coastal erosion – in ways that create warmer, greener houses, ignite the local economy and inspire young people to stay living locally.

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