Source: New Zealand Labour Party – Headline: Welcome to our new MPs!
On Monday we welcomed 17 fantastic new Labour MPs for their first day of Parliament. We’re thrilled to have such great additions to our team, and we can’t wait to see what they achieve over the next three years!
Watch some highlights from our new MPs’ first day here:
Here’s a quick intro to the 17 new faces to our caucus:
Priyanca is a Kiwi of Indian origin who lives in Auckland, and before entering Parliament this week, she was a policy advisor. Priyanca lives in Auckland with her husband and their two rescue dogs.
Jan has lived in Tauranga with her family for more than a decade. Before becoming an MP this week, she was principal of Merivale School, Tauranga’s only decile 1 school, and has fought for families to access the basics and for kids to have equal educational opportunities.
Willow-Jean is of Ngā Puhi descent and is a former lawyer who was in her second term on the Far North District Council until she became an MP on Saturday. She lives in Kaikohe with her husband and their two daughters, the youngest of whom is just seven weeks old and has been in Parliament this week with her mum!
The first Labour caucus with all our new, and returning, MPs!
Kiri is of Ngati Ranginui and Tūwharetoa descent, and previously worked as a commercial lawyer and business consultant in Whakatane. Like Willow-Jean, she has just recently become a mum!
Willie is a well-known broadcaster and political commentator. He was our Māori Campaign Manager for this election, and has long been a strong voice for urban Māori as well as a highly effective campaigner.
Ginny lives in the Hutt Valley with her family. Before coming to Parliament this week, she spent the last ten years working for the Police and previously worked as a negotiator for the Office of Treaty Settlements. She’s also fluent in Te Reo Māori.
New MPs (from left) Marja Lubeck, Jo Luxton, Jamie Strange and Greg O’Connor
Jo has lived in Rangitata for twenty years, and started her own successful business there, an early childhood centre with seven staff. Jo is married to Matt and has three children and two stepchildren.
Deborah is our new MP for New Lynn. She’s a tax expert, and has been a regular commentator on economic, social and political issues, as well as a lecturer at universities in Australia and New Zealand. Deborah and her husband Malcolm have three teenage daughters.
Dr Liz Craig
Liz is a public health doctor. As part of her work, she has spent the past decade monitoring the health of our children and young people.
Marja is a proud Kiwi of Dutch, Indonesian and Chinese origin, and she arrived in New Zealand in 1989. Before Parliament, Marja was a lawyer and the Director of Organising (Aviation) for the E tū union. She has lived in Rodney for ten years with her husband Shane and son Max.
New Labour List MP Kiri Allan
Paul is our new MP for Rongotai, replacing Annette King. Previously he was the Deputy Mayor of Wellington, and for the past seven years he was also a Wellington City Councillor for South Wellington. Paul lives in Island Bay with his wife Miriam and their son Tama.
Tamati is our new MP for Waiariki, meaning Labour now holds all seven Māori roll seats. He’s of Ngati Whakaue, Tuhourangi, Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngai Te Rangi descent, and is an award-winning TV presenter turned business owner.
Jamie is a school teacher, father of four, and a former church minister. He’s a Hamilton Boys’ High School old boy and cares deeply about education.
New List MP Anahila Kanongataá-Suisuiki with some of our returning MPs
Anahila was a social worker for over 17 years, and has devoted her career to working in the community and voluntary services in New Zealand and Tonga. She’s also held senior management roles in the public and voluntary sectors.
Kieran lives in the Wairarapa. His family has lived there for 171 years – in fact his great-grandmother’s great-grandfather was the first settler in Featherston! Kieran is a volunteer firefighter, board member of Wings over Wairarapa and Golden Shears, a trustee of the Masterton Community Trust and Chair of Relay for Life.
Greg is our new MP for Ōhāriu. He represented the Police Association for two decades, and has experience as a company director, and in the law and order and disability sectors, particularly as the father of an intellectually disabled son. Greg has played rugby for both Tawa and Western Suburbs, and taken part in theatre productions at the Khandallah Arts Theatre.
Duncan is our new MP for Christchurch Central. He’s a lawyer and professor who’s been working since 2010 to help people in Christchurch get their homes, lives, jobs and businesses back on track after the earthquakes.
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