Agnes Loheni

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Agnes Loheni

MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party party list
Assumed office
31 January 2019
Preceded by Chris Finlayson
Personal details
Born1972 (age 4647)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s)Ward Kamo
Children5

Agnes Loreta Loheni MP (born 1972) is a New Zealand politician and a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the New Zealand National Party. She was declared elected on 31 January 2019, following the resignation of Chris Finlayson.

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Early life and career

Loheni was born in 1972 in Auckland, spending her formative years in Mount Albert. [1] She lived in a state house with as many as 15 family members in just three bedrooms, and was educated at Marist College, Auckland. [2] Loheni is a Samoan New Zealander. She is the eldest daughter of Fepulea'i Pelasio Loheni and Filomena Mata'utia Loheni (Mena Loheni). She also has three sisters named Jackie, Gina and Charlene. Agnes, her mother Mena, and her sisters ran a local Samoan fashion brand called MENA. [3] [4]

Mount Albert, New Zealand Suburb in Auckland Council, New Zealand

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Marist College is a Catholic girls high-school located in Mount Albert, Auckland, New Zealand. It teaches from year 7 through to year 13 with a broad curriculum and an ethos based on Roman Catholicism. It has a maximum student roll of 800 girls.

She is married and has five children. [1] Loheni has a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Auckland. [3] After graduating she had a two-year OE based in London and then returned to New Zealand where she focused on running the family business selling contemporary Pasifika fashion. [2]

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Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2019present 52nd List 49 National

In 2017 election Loheni stood for the National Party in the Māngere electorate and was placed 49 on National's party list. [5] She did not win the safe Labour electorate and was not ranked high enough on National's party list to be allocated a seat in parliament. However, Loheni became an MP on 31 January 2019, following the retirement of National MP Chris Finlayson, and was sworn in on 12 February. [6] [7]

2017 New Zealand general election Election on 23 September 2017

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She was appointed as National's associate spokesperson for small business and associate spokesperson for Pacific people by leader Simon Bridges. [8] [9]

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  2. 1 2 Cheng, Derek (29 January 2019). "Meet Parliament's new MP: Agnes Loheni, National Party list MP". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 29 January 2019.
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