I was born in Whangarei and grew up just outside Dargaville. I have lived in Auckland since university and have been an East Coast Bays resident for over 30 years.
I am a qualified barrister and solicitor, and prior to entering Parliament was principal of a public relations company.
Since 1987, I have been privileged to represent the East Coast Bays electorate in Parliament. Over this time I have held several portfolios including Housing, Tourism, Customs, and ACC. I am currently the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for Sport and Recreation.
The East Coast Bays electorate extends from Okura in the north, down through the coastal suburbs to Murrays Bay in the south. The Upper Harbour Highway marks the southern boundary while its eastern boundary, after changes in 2014, extends past Schnapper Rock in the south and Albany in the north, To check which electorate you reside in, type your address in to the Electoral Commission map.
The Browns Bay Electorate Office is your first stop for advice and assistance with issues you might have with government departments or within the electorate. Electorate staff (Erica and Victoria) are available during office hours to help solve individual problems as well as explain how you could be affected by new government policies and initiatives. Constituents are encouraged to offer comments or opinions on national or local matters.
Facts about the East Coast Bays electorate
- There are 59,574 residents in the East Coast Bays electorate
- Almost half (47.4%) of the usually resident population were born overseas, with over half (53.4%) arriving in the last twenty years.
- The median age is 38 years old
- The East Coast Bays had the fourth-highest population growth between Census 2006 and Census 2013 (17.6%)
- 51% are married
- According to Census 2013 data on cigarette smoking behaviour, 31,536 (65.3%) people have never smoked before. 8% are regular smokers and 19.1% are ex-smokers