Sarah Pallett

MP for Ilam

“A strong voice for the diverse communities of Ilam”

Sarah Pallett



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Sarah Pallett

Meet Sarah

Sarah lives in Ilam with her partner, Andy. She moved to Christchurch in 2004 and is a midwifery lecturer at Ara Institute of Technology, having previously worked as a community midwife. Her two daughters, Alex and Bea, attended Ilam Primary School and are both now at university.

Sarah has a strong sense of social justice, and is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or background. She brings a positive attitude, an ethic of hard work, and boundless energy and enthusiasm to be a strong voice at a national level for the people of Ilam.

Sarah’s experience as a midwife includes working both at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and as a rural midwife. She is in her third term as President of the majority union of academic staff at Ara, a hands-on role underpinned by her ability to find productive solutions to a wide range of workplace issues, as well as successfully leading employment negotiations. Working in education and health care, and constructively liaising with senior managers, Sarah is uniquely placed to understand the opportunities and challenges of both areas.

Her commitment to creating positive change inspired her to co-found the Canterbury Women’s Branch of the Labour Party, which she chairs. At a national level, in 2018 she was elected as Co-Chair of the Labour Women’s Council, which represents all woman members of the Labour Party. She was re-elected to both roles this year.

Sarah was honoured to be selected as Labour’s candidate for Ilam, and looks forward to working hard to earn the trust of Ilam voters as their representative in Parliament.

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