New Zealand Labour Party

Kerrin Leoni

Candidate for Waikato

“I want the Waikato to be a place where families and communities thrive. We need access to good healthcare, education, decent jobs, affordable housing and modern infrastructure, while supporting our farming communities.”

Kerrin Leoni



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Kerrin Leoni

Meet Kerrin

Kerrin is a National Funding Manger and holds a Double Masters in Youth Development and International Politics and Economics. She spent 10 years in the UK where she ran her own contracting business and completed her second Masters at Kings College London before returning to New Zealand about five years ago. Since returning to New Zealand she has worked as a funding manager for the Office of Ethnic Communities, senior advisor in community lead co-design and currently a national funding manager and property investor.

She grew up knowing that if you work hard towards achieving your goals anything is possible, regardless of your family’s financial status. She bought her first home when she was only 20 years old and believes owning your own home or having secure tenancy sets the foundation for your life. Every family needs good housing, access to quality health services, employment and education to ensure children have the best opportunities to succeed.

Kerrin is committed to rural economic development in Waikato. The farming communities need additional support towards achieving our goals for climate change. She appreciates the challenges ahead in terms of resetting our economy to build a sustainable future.

Rural economic develop also needs to diversify going forward. Kerrin believes taking a collective approach working with communities, iwi, farmers, and workers is vital. The Waikato has a number of economic growth opportunities as it is key to the golden triangle and is the North Island economic hub. Kerrin aims to ensure government policies prioritise good infrastructure and alternative options around first time homeowners.

Kerrin is of Ngati Paoa-Ngaitakoto-Ngati Ngati Kuri and Italian Irish descent. She is a mother of twins with family ties in the Waikato and a home in Onewhero, Northern Waikato.