I have proudly been the MP for Rongotai, formerly the Miramar seat, since 1993. The stunning Chatham Islands are part of the electorate and it is always a highlight of my year to visit the islands. http://www.chathams.com/
I’m originally from Murchison and trained as a school dental nurse and then became a tutor at the School of Dental Nurses in Wellington. I completed a BA from Waikato University while working full time. I was the MP for Horowhenua from 1984 until 1990.
I was appointed Under Secretary in 1987 and Minister in the 4th Labour Government 1989 – 1990.
In 1993 I was elected MP for Miramar. I became the MP for Rongotai in 1996 with the introduction of MMP elections.
I was a Minister in the 5th Labour Government for 9 years, with Health, Transport and Police being three stand out portfolios.
After the 2008 election, I was delighted to take up the role of Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. I was also the Labour Party’s spokesperson on Social Policy.
Following my re-election to the Rongotai seat in the 2011 election, I stood down as Deputy Leader and took up the roles of Spokesperson for Housing and Local Government.
Following the reshuffle of portfolios in February 2013, I took over the responsibility of Spokesperson for Health.
The issues of the Rongotai electorate will, as always, be at the heart of all I do in Parliament, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with the wonderful Wellingtonians that I represent.
Phone: 04 817 9103