Hon Poto Williams

MP for Christchurch East

“My aspiration is for communities where everyone has a place, everyone has a voice and we are all loved.”

Hon Poto Williams


Christchurch East electorate office

03 382 0288
[email protected]

Level 1, Eastgate Shopping Centre
PO Box 18898, Christchurch 8641

Parliamentary office

04 817 8724
[email protected]

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Hon Poto Williams

Meet Poto

Hon Poto Williams is the Labour Member of Parliament for Christchurch East, where she lives.

Poto became the MP for Christchurch East at a by-election in November 2013. Poto has previously been the Minister of Conservation and Minister for Disability Issues, as well as Associate Minister for Children. She has also held the ministerial portfolios for Police, Building and Construction, and been Associate Minister of Housing (Public Housing).

After gaining an MBA and Graduate Certificate in Research Methods from Manukau Institute of Technology and Southern Cross University, Poto has worked in and managing community health and community mental health services, residential disability services, working with single parent families, youth services, family violence and refuge. Working in mental health provided the opportunity to engage in strengths based, recovery focussed and client centred work, which has guided her practice ever since.

Poto is the very proud mother of Terai, grandmother of Bodhi and a member of a very large extended family in New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands.

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