Meet Ingrid Leary
Fair and decent living and working conditions for the people of the Taieri electorate benefits the whole of New Zealand.
Continuing with a Labour-led Government is the only way to progress equality and safeguard the changes we have made to enhance access to income, well-being and social services.
Since 2020, Ingrid has been the Labour Member of Parliament for Taieri – an electorate which draws together urban Dunedin South with parts of rural South Otago. She is a passionate advocate for the South, and for women’s equality and social and financial inclusion. Her offices are located in South Dunedin and Mosgiel, along with weekly constituent clinics in Milton and Balclutha.
Ingrid is Chair of the Finance and Expenditure Committee and sits on the Economic Development Innovation and Science Committee. Previously she was on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade. Ingrid co-chairs the Inter-parliamentary Alliance on China, co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Taiwan, and co-chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. She is also the Ambassador for Women in the New Zealand Parliament.
Of Dutch heritage, Ingrid is a member of Labour’s Ethnic Caucus. She is mother to three children of Pacific Island and Dutch-NZ heritage.
During her first Parliamentary term, Ingrid’s advocacy for inclusive school uniform and grooming policies saw the Human Rights Commission launch Guidelines to Board of Trustees to make uniform rules culturally safe and gender inclusive. She continues to advocate for climate adaptation solutions for South Dunedin and health solutions which support rural communities.
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 Bravery 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.