Dr Liz Craig is a Labour List MP based in Invercargill.
Liz grew up in New Plymouth and left at 18 for medical school in Auckland. She worked as a junior doctor in New Zealand and Australia, gaining diplomas in obstetrics and paediatrics.
She then moved into public health, training Aboriginal health workers in Brisbane, before returning to New Zealand to enter the Public Health Medicine Training program.Read more
In 2004, Liz established the NZ Child and Youth Epidemiology Service to monitor the health of NZ’s children and young people. Sixteen years on, the service continues to chart the effects of child poverty, illness related to substandard housing, lack of access to health care, and the impacts on families.
Liz first stood for Labour in 2014 because she believes effective Government policies are vital for better health outcomes. She entered Parliament as a List MP in 2017.
Liz believes Southland offers one of the best lifestyles in New Zealand. However, she also believes there’s more to do, to ensure everyone can access a warm, dry home, affordable health care and a decent income.
Liz is also passionate about the environment, and over the past term, has worked alongside others to raise awareness about the ongoing degradation of Invercargill’s New River Estuary.
Liz is the Chair of the Health Select Committee and a member of the Petitions Select Committee.
She is married to Phil and has two adult sons.