New Zealand First Announces Auckland Region Candidates
New Zealand First Announces Auckland Region Candidates
BROADCASTER JENNY MARCROFT TO CONTEST TAMAKI SEAT FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN GENERAL ELECTION
Jenny Marcroft, has been named as the New Zealand First candidate to contest the Tamaki seat in the coming general election.
An award winning broadcaster and former teacher Ms Marcroft has over 30 years experience as a broadcaster and communicator.
She has spent an extensive part of her career in radio, television and other media.
Prior to taking up her career in broadcasting she trained as and worked as a teacher in New Zealand and the UK. She is a graduate of the University of Waikato and Hamilton Teachers College with a diploma in education and teaching.
Jenny Marcroft has provided her expertise voluntarily to her Nga Puhi iwi and has made a significant contribution in that regard.
“New Zealand First is delighted to be bringing forward Jenny Marcroft as its candidate for Tamaki in this years general election,” the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters said today.
“Jenny Marcroft is a most talented communicator. With over 30 years of front line experience in the broadcasting world she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team. Her list of awards speaks for itself,” he noted.
"Jenny Marcroft is a welcome talent to a very experienced and talented list of candidates,” he concluded.
Jenny Marcroft, 021 37777 80
JULIAN PAUL TO BE NEW ZEALAND FIRST CANDIDATE FOR EPSOM IN 2017 GENERAL ELECTION
Julian Paul will be the party’s candidate in Epsom in the 2017 election.
A sales specialist and martial arts teacher Mr Paul has played a major role in developing the youth electorate of New Zealand First and has been a driving force behind the emerging New Zealand First support in Auckland.
“New Zealand First is fortunate that it has a wealth of young talent emerging within its ranks,” the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters said.
“I am excited to announce today that Julian Paul is to be our candidate for Epsom in the 2017 general election,” said Mr Peters today.
“Julian is a sales specialist with a particular strength in customer service and customer relations. It is this strong empathy with people and their needs that sets this man apart,” said Mr Peters.
“His entry into the Epsom election fray will put other parties on notice that New Zealand First is in Epsom with serious intent,” he concluded.
Julian Paul, 021 120 6227
MAHESH BINDRA MP TO BE NEW ZEALAND FIRST CANDIDATE FOR MT ROSKILL IN 2017 GENERAL ELECTION
Sitting list MP, Mahesh Bindra, will stand for New Zealand First in the Mt Roskill electorate in the general election.
Mr Bindra entered parliament in 2014. A former Corrections Officer with the Department of Corrections he holds a BA (Hons) degree in Political Science and Psychology.
Within the New Zealand First caucus Mr Bindra is the spokesperson for Corrections, Customs, LINZ and Ethnic Affairs.
Mr Bindra, the founding trustee of the Hindi Language and Culture Trust of NZ, also holds governance positions with the Bhartiya Salvaj Charitable Trust, and is active in the Auckland Indian Association and the Manakau Indian Association. He has strong international connections.
“Mahesh Bindra’s experience has played an important role in the New Zealand First caucus and in the parliament for the past three years,” the Leader of New Zealand First, the Rt Hon Winston Peters said today.
“His insights into the ethnic make up of New Zealand and his practical and pragmatic policy solutions that address the stresses faced by all immigrants have been greatly appreciated, he concluded.
Mahesh Bindra, 021 0611 905
ILJA RUPPELDT THE NEW ZEALAND FIRST CANDIDATE FOR EAST COAST BAYS IN GENERAL ELECTION
Business owner and operator and digital producer Ilja Ruppeldt has been confirmed as the New Zealand First candidate for East Coast Bays in the coming general election.
Mr Ruppleldt who holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Performing Arts in Czechoslovakia and qualifications from the Waikato Polytechnic, The European Broadcasting Union, the Goethe Institute and others, has a strong background in developing and producing media projects for a wide range of commercial and political clients both in New Zealand and overseas.
He's a linguist fluent in English, Russian, German, Czech, Spanish and Slovak.
“Ilja Ruppeldt is a highly qualified digital media producer. He has serious international experience with a depth of knowledge of politics and commercial activities across the global spectrum,” the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters said today.
“We welcome him as a candidate in East Coast Bays where we know he will make a significant impression on the voters of that electorate,” he concluded.
Ilja Ruppeldt, 0274 306 910
DR DAVID WILSON TO CONTEST THE TE ATATU SEAT FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN GENERAL ELECTION
The CEO of Northland Inc., Dr David Wilson, was today announced as the New Zealand First candidate in the Te Atatu seat for the forthcoming general election.
Dr Wilson, took up the role of CEO of Northland Inc. in 2013 and through positive and visionary leadership quickly transformed it into a high performing organisation.
Dr Wilson holds s a PhD, from AUT University a Master of Public Policy and BA (Psychology and Social Policy) from Massey University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business from Auckland University.
He holds governance positions with a wide range of local and international economic and development organisations including the Economic Development Association of NZ, the Te Tai Tokerau Northland Action Plan Working Group, the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International and others.
“I am delighted to be announcing David Wilson as our candidate in Te Atatu,” the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters said today.
Dr Wilson has an international standing in the field of economic and regional development.
“He will bring to the party and the parliament an economic perspective and acumen of real force and. He is a leader of international repute in his field and his entry into national politics and policy making is a momentous step,” he concluded.
David Wilson, 021 763 085
JON REEVES SELECTED AS THE NEW ZEALAND FIRST CANDIDATE IN HUNUA FOR 2017 GENERAL ELECTION
Jon Reeves a director and founder of Network Media has been selected to be the New Zealand First candidate in Hunua at the forthcoming general election.
Mr Reeves has a long history in marketing across all media platforms. He has operated both in New Zealand and Europe and has strong international business connections.
Mr Reeves is also fluent in French.
He holds an Advanced Diploma of Management, a Diploma of Management and the NZ Diploma of Business from AUT University.
In a voluntary capacity he is the co-founder and coordinator of the Public Transport Users Association and the campaign manager for the Campaign for Better Transport (NZ).
“Mr Reeves brings to the Party significant marketing skills and a deep knowledge of public transport. His candidacy is welcome and we have no doubt that he has a major role to play in public life,” said the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters when announcing his candidacy today.
MATAROA PARORO TO STAND FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN MANGERE IN GENERAL ELECTION
Mataroa Paroro, the owner and managing director of MouPiri Solutions Ltd, provider of IT security services, is to be the New Zealand First candidate in Mangere in the 2017 general election.
Prior to establishing his own business, Mataroa was a territory manager for Sanitarium health foods and Heinz Watties in the grocery/FMCG industry with his earlier working life being in forestry, Tomoana freezing works and Tip Top bakery.
Mr Paroro, born in Rarotonga and fluent in Cook Island Maori, has strong ties to the Pacific Islands community in New Zealand. He is active in a range of Cook Islands organisations across Auckland. Mataroa holds a Diploma in personal ministries and has previously been a Church Youth Leader.
“Mataroa Paroro is a firm advocate for New Zealand First’s values and principles,” the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters said when announcing the candidacy today.
“His commitment to his community through his Pacific Island activities make him a most suitable candidate for Mangere,” he concluded.
Mataroa Paroro, 022 459 8057
KEN MAHON IS NEW ZEALAND FIRST’S CANDIDATE FOR MAUNGAKIEKIE IN GENERAL ELECTION
Company Director Ken Mahon will be the New Zealand First candidate in Maungakiekie in the 2017 general election.
With his wife and business partner Mr Mahon owns and operates a private investment company, focusing on the food industry and retailing including online retailing.
He is a business mentor.
Prior to local government amalgamations Mr Mahon served as a councillor on the former Papatoetoe Borough Council
“Ken Mahon is a true entrepreneur who brings to New Zealand First and Maugakiekie a well-rounded outlook and a valuable set of life experiences,” said the New Zealand First Leader, the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“He has a valuable contribution to make to the public life of New Zealand,” he said.
Ken Mahon, 027 303 8056
ANDREW LITTLEJOHN TO STAND FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN MT ALBERT IN GENERAL ELECTION
Horticultural quality control expert, Andrew Littlejohn, is to stand for New Zealand First in the Mt Albert electorate in the 2017 general election.
Mr Littlejohn is a graduate of Lincoln University and holds a B Ag. Com.
He is also the holder of the National Certificate in Real Estate (Unitech).
Mr Littlejohn has served on the Mt Albert Historical Society Committee and on the Board of the Remuera Golf Club.
“We welcome Andrew Littlejohn to the New Zealand First team.” The leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters said today.
“He has demonstrated a significant knowledge of his community and the issues affecting it,” he said.
“He will undoubtedly be an effective advocate in the Mt Albert campaign" he concluded.
Andrew Littlejohn, 027 273 2648
KYM KOLONI TO STAND FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN NORTHCOTE IN 2017 GENERAL ELECTION
Licensed Financial Adviser and business owner, Kym Koloni is New Zealand First’s candidate in Northcote for the 2017 general election.
Ms Koloni holds an impressive list of qualifications related to her professional life.
Defined by her strong entrepreneurial characteristic Ms Koloni has developed a successful financial services business.
She has also served as Chair of the Howick and Pakuranga Toy Library, the Botany Plunket Committee and is an active member of the Drury Rotary Club.
“Kym Koloni is a candidate who brings to the role a strong desire to succeed. She is strongly goal focussed and has a real desire to serve her community on the national stage,” said the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“We know that she will run a strong campaign for the party vote in the Northcote electorate,” he concluded
Kym Koloni, 027 562 6276
SUZANNE KELLY TO STAND FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN PAKURANGA IN 2017 GENERAL ELECTION
Company Director Suzanne Kelly has been named as the New Zealand First candidate to contest the Pakuranga electorate in the 2017 general election.
Ms Kelly is a highly motivated and successful business owner and operator with extensive business networks in New Zealand and Australia.
Ms Kelly was a Westpac Manukau Business Award finalist in 2004 in recognition of her company’s growth in its first year of operation.
Her interests lie in national and global politics, boating and fishing. She is a keen student of languages and is an enthusiastic cyclist.
“Suzanne Kelly brings a well-honed business acumen to this campaign,” the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters said when announcing her candidacy today.
“She knows her electorate and its issues well and will be advocating effectively for them as she seeks the party vote in Pakuranga,” he concluded.
Suzanne Kelly, 022 1857 269
JANE JOHNSTON CONFIRMED AS THE NEW ZEALAND FIRST CANDIDATE IN UPPER HARBOUR IN GENERAL ELECTION
Jane Johnston a planner and policy analyst has been selected to contest the Upper Harbour seat for New Zealand First in the 2017 general election.
A graduate of Auckland University, Auckland College and Massey University Ms Johnston hold a BSc (Auckland) Diploma of Teaching (Auckland College of Education) and a MPhil with Distinction in Resource and Environment Management (Massey).
Ms Johnston has held key policy positions in both central and local government.
She has also been a secondary school teacher and is a published author in the conservation field.
Ms Johnston has a strong record of community service. She has been a basketball and softball coach, and held governance roles and memberships of the Paihia and District Ratepayers Association, KeriKeri Ratepayers Association, Bay of Islands Community Centre and the Paihia War Memorial Hall Committee.
“Jane Johnston is an enthusiastic and committed community worker<’ said the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“She uses her impressive qualifications for the betterment of her community and is a tireless advocate on behalf of that community,” he concluded.
Jane Johnston, 028 410 3898
JOSHUA HUBBARD SELECTED TO CONTEST NORTH SHORE FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN GENERAL ELECTION
Self-employed business consultant Joshua Hubbard has been selected to contest the North Shore seat for New Zealand First in the general election in September.
Mr Hubbard started his working life as a vehicle serviceman and is a graduate of Auckland University with the degree of Bachelor of Law (LlB). He also holds qualifications from Canterbury University where he studied Law, Political Science, Russian and Te Reo Maori.
In his business activities he focuses legal and political strategy.
He remains an avid car and machinery enthusiast.
Mr Hubbard has an extensive record of community and volunteer service.
He held a number of voluntary positions while a student (VP and President of the Maori Law Students Association, President of the Russian Club and was a member of the law faculty board at Canterbury University.
In the community he is a senior member of the Matakana Volunteer Fire Brigade and has been heavily engaged in youth work.
“Joshua Hubbard is going to be a long term asset for New Zealand First,” said the Leader of the Party the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“He is one of a group of young party members who are starting to make their mark in public life. His thoughtful and positive outlook on economic policy and the political process mark him as a future leading figure,” he concluded.
Joshua Hubbard, 021 1564 370
JOHN HALL TO STAND IN MANUREWA FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN GENERAL ELECTION
The well-known community worker John Hall will be contesting the Manurewa seat for New Zealand First in the general election this year.
Mr Hall is a life long resident of Manurewa. He has a sound knowledge of the electorate and its issues and its needs.
His community involvement is extensive and goes to the heart of the community.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees at James Cook HS, sits on the board of the Manurewa Cosmopolitan Club, President of the Counties Manukau Softball association, and Softball Umpires Association, he coaches softball at James Cook HS, is Chair of Te Pou Herenga Waka Marae and Chair of the Maori Bi-lingual unit at Greenmeadows Intermediate School.
“There are not many parts of the Manurewa community that John Hall has not touched, “ said the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“His community influence is remarkable. Whether it be sport, youth work, education or generating community networks John Hall has had a real influence,’ he noted.
John Hall, 022 544 2550
TOA GREENING SELECTED TO CONTEST PAPAKURA FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN GENERAL ELECTION
Papakura based Information Engineering Consultant, Toa Greening, has been selected to contest the Papakura seat for New Zealand First in the forthcoming general election.
Mr Greening holds the degree of Bachelor of Technology from Massey University and has a long career in Information technology.
He is a certified Microsoft Systems Engineer, a Citrix certified Administrator and Network Associate, a Cisto Certified Design Associate and a certifies Novel administrator.
He has been engaged as a consultant by a wide range of major commercial clients.
His community involvement is extensive. He is a Manurewa Local Board member and a former Papatoetoe Community Board Member. He holds or has held voluntary governance positions in community organisations, the National Environmental Society and Manukau District Crime watch organisation.
“Toa Greening is dedicated to his community,” said the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“His knowledge of local issues is extensive and he will represent those issues very effectively throughout the campaign," he said.
Toa Greening, 0274 393 163
FRANK EDWARDS THE NEW ZEALAND FIRST CANDIDATE IN AUCKLAND CENTRAL FOR GENERAL ELECTION
Entrepreneur Frank Edwards will be the New Zealand First candidate in Auckland Central in the 2017 general election.
Mr Edwards is a well-known Auckland businessman who has been engaged in skateboard manufacturing and marketing for almost four decades.
Mr Edwards has strong international business connections.
He is a graduate of Auckland University (B Com).
He was the driving force behind the creation of the skate bowl in Victoria Park in central Auckland.
“Frank Edwards is a welcome addition to the New Zealand First team,” said the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“His international business experience, his deep knowledge of Auckland Central and its needs coupled with his rapport with young New Zealanders make him a strong representative for New Zealand First,” he concluded.
WILLIAM FLESHER SELECTED TO CONTEST MANUKAU EAST FOR NEW ZEALAND FIRST IN GENERAL ELECTION
Law, Politics and Sociology Student, William Flesher, is the New Zealand First candidate for Manukau East in the 2017 general election.
He is working for a food service company while working toward his degree qualification.
Mr Flesher is a committed Christian and volunteers significant time and energy to church based activities and to serving his community through those activities.
“William Flesher is another example of the young and dedicated cohort of New Zealand First members who are emerging as our future,” said the Leader of New Zealand First the Rt Hon Winston Peters today.
“His faith based approach to community service is one that is giving him a hands on appreciation of the needs of the community. This young man will be heard of in the future as he takes up his position in the national spotlight,” he concluded.
William Flesher, 021 11178043