Barbara Kuriger

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Barbara Kuriger

MP
Senior Whip of the National Party
Assumed office
21 March 2018
Deputy Matt Doocey
Leader Simon Bridges
Preceded by Jami-Lee Ross
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Taranaki-King Country
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by Shane Ardern
Personal details
ProfessionFarmer

Barbara Joan Kuriger is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand National Party.

New Zealand National Party Major New Zealand political party

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New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2014 2017 51st Taranaki-King Country 58 National
2017 present 52nd Taranaki-King Country28 National

Kuriger is a farmer and is a former Dairy Woman of the Year. She currently sits on the board of the NZ Rural Sports Trust. [1] She was selected as National's representative in Taranaki-King Country to replace Shane Ardern.

Taranaki-King Country

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She is Deputy Chairperson of the Health Committee, a member of the Primary Production Committee, and the National Party's Senior Whip. [2]

A whip is an official of a political party whose task is to ensure party discipline in a legislature. This usually means ensuring members of the party vote according to the party platform or other accepted policy views shared by the party.

In 2015, David Cunliffe called out Kuriger for "ignorance" over the funding rorts at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre while she was on its board. [3]

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References

  1. Rural Games to get off the ground in Queenstown Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine scene.co.nz, 17 June 2014
  2. "Current MPs: Barbara Kuriger". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  3. Lee, Hannah (16 September 2015). "Kuriger must have known about Taratahi 'rorts' - Cunliffe". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 25 April 2017.