Meet Jan Tinetti
I feel passionately connected to Tauranga and its people. As a local for the past 16 years, I am acutely aware of the challenges the city faces over the coming years as it continues to grow. But I also know that there are so many opportunities for Tauranga to prosper now and into the future.
I have spent most of my working life as a teacher. Immediately before becoming an MP in 2017 I was the principal of Merivale School. After seeing families struggling in my local community, I worked to support them to access everything they needed to thrive.
I got involved in politics because I believe that the Government has a role to play in ensuring all New Zealanders have access to the services they need.
I am currently the Minister of Education, Women and Child Poverty Reduction.