Lorayne Ferguson is a former aged care and social worker who returned to New Zealand seven years ago after a 34-year career in the UK.
Lorayne grew up in Dunedin and Christchurch, part of a working class family. After completing her secondary schooling at Cashmere High, she went to Teachers Training College and moved to Auckland. She moved into social work and worked at North Shore Hospital. Lorayne has wide wide experience in social work management, specialising in dementia care. She has also worked with the Prisoners Aid Association (PARS) mentoring staff as a volunteer.
Lorayne's career has been about helping people in need. She brings that skill and experience to being a strong voice for the people of Whangaparāoa in a Jacinda Ardern-led Government. As a young 71 year old, Lorayne wants to ensure all voices, including older ones, are heard in decision making.
She's proud of our Government's decisive response to the COVID-19 crisis, and wants to ensure the bounce back and recovery works for everyone.
Lorayne joined the NZ Labour Party in 2013 after over 30 years in the UK Labour Party where she served in a variety of roles, including election organising and campaigning.