October 29, 2020

Election 2020: Auckland Central candidates for local MP

In the lead up to the 2020 election, Stuff is keeping voters up to date with what’s happening in their electorate, through Neighbourly. Here’s what you need to know about the candidates in the running to be Auckland Central’s MP.

At the October 17 election, New Zealanders will have the opportunity to choose their regional spokesperson.

Through the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system, those enrolled can vote for the party they want as well as a local representative.

Why does my MP matter?

The person elected will be the voice for your region in Parliament. If you’re having trouble getting entitlements or dealing with Government departments, they can help. If your community needs funding for certain projects or activities, or there isn’t enough healthcare in the area, the elected MP can step in and help.

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To be elected, the candidate needs to secure the most votes.

What regions are part of the Auckland Central electorate?

The electorate comprises the inner city communities of Herne Bay, Ponsonby, Freemans Bay and along the waterfront to Mechanics Bay in the east. The western boundary is largely defined by Richmond Rd, the eastern boundary includes Auckland Hospital and the Domain, and the southern boundary includes parts of Grafton and Newton.

Here are the candidates for Auckland Central.

The candidates in the running for the Auckland Central electorate have been finalised. (File photo)

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The candidates in the running for the Auckland Central electorate have been finalised. (File photo)

Tuariki Delamere

The Opportunities Party (TOP)

Delamere is a former immigration minister and was a New Zealand First MP from 1996 to 1999.

He held the associate minister roles for finance, health and pacific island issues during this period, and was a cabinet member.

Delamere is campaigning on TOP’s universal basic income policy, which will put $250 a week into the pockets of every New Zealander.

He is in favour of slashing the salaries of local government officials to save ratepayer funds.

Dominic Hoffman Dervan

TEA Party

Dervan carries the youth portfolio of the Taxpayers and Entrepreneurs Alliance, a new socially progressive and fiscally conservative party.

He calls himself a political voice for migrant, ethnic and marginalised communities to promote social and economic change.

TEA Party opposes the legalisation of drugs for recreational purposes and is supportive of tax breaks for middle income earners.

The incumbent Auckland Central MP, National’s Nikki Kaye, is retiring from politics at the election.

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The incumbent Auckland Central MP, National’s Nikki Kaye, is retiring from politics at the election.

Joshua Love

Independent

Love is a small business owner who ran for the Auckland mayoralty in 2019. He has advocated for lowering taxes in the past.

There is no other information available on this candidate at the electoral office or online.

Jenny Marcoft

New Zealand First

Marcroft is a member of parliament and has served one term in the House. She carries several spokeswoman roles for her party including health and human rights.

Marcroft has three decades of experience working in the broadcasting industry. She helped push the decriminalisation of euthanasia issue to a binding referendum.

Political newcomer Emma Mellow is standing for National in Auckland Central on a platform of investing in infrastructure and supporting business.

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Political newcomer Emma Mellow is standing for National in Auckland Central on a platform of investing in infrastructure and supporting business.

Emma Mellow

National

Mellow is the former president of her party’s youth wing the Young Nats, and has a background working in communications.

She studied politics at the University of California and London School of Economics and Political Science, and will receive a business diploma from the University of Auckland later this year.

Mellow has an interest in social issues, and previously worked as an advisor on women’s policy for the government of New South Wales in Australia.

Mellow has campaigned on investing in infrastructure to create jobs and providing small businesses with support.

Felix Poole

ACT New Zealand

Poole is a fourth-year student at the University of Auckland studying a double degree in law and communications.

He joined ACT in 2017 and has been president of Young ACT since the beginning of 2018.

Poole believes an over-regulated housing market has led to high rents in Auckland and wants to reduce red tape to speed up building.

He is a supporter of small government and freedom of speech.

Chris Sadler

Independent

Sadler has expressed support for climate change policy, legalising marijuana and investing in the mental health sector.

There is no other information available on this candidate at the electoral office or online.

Kevin Stitt

New Conservative

Stitt has been involved with New Conservative and its previous iteration Conservative since 2011.

The socially conservative party proposes significant restrictions on immigration, and takes a strong stance against abortion, gun regulations and gay marriage.

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick wants to usher in tax and welfare reform.

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Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick wants to usher in tax and welfare reform.

Chlöe Swarbrick

Green

Swarbrick has served one term in the House after being elected as a list MP in 2017. She first entered politics in 2016, running for Auckland mayoralty and finishing third.

She has been an advocate for drug reform and mental health issues during her first term. She has campaigned in 2020 on reforming the tax and welfare system to address income inequality.

Swarbrick has a law and arts degree from the University of Auckland, and pursued several small business ventures in central Auckland before entering politics.

Vernon Tava

Sustainable New Zealand

Tava is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand who spent three years working in general legal practise before shifting to a career as a business broker.

He was a research fellow at the New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law, and has taught at the University of Auckland in the planning department.

Tava is the leader of Sustainable New Zealand, a new minor party with a focus on environmental matters.

The party is open to working with either a National or Labour government to address issues such as clean water, sustainable oceans, protection of native species, and climate change.

Employment lawyer Helen White has worked with unions throughout her career, and if re-elected her party will double the number of sick days employees can take.

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Employment lawyer Helen White has worked with unions throughout her career, and if re-elected her party will double the number of sick days employees can take.

Helen White

Labour

White has 25 years of experience working in employment law, and has worked for unions including the Engineers, Printers and Manufacturers’ Union and the Amalgamated Workers Union.

She is standing in the electorate for the second time after narrowly falling short to National’s Nikki Kaye in 2017.

White considers herself an advocate for workers rights. Labour will extend sick leave for workers and increase the minimum wage if elected.

This story is produced from publicly available content via the electoral office or party websites. If the information is incomplete, please contact social@stuff.co.nz with details.

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