|Senior Whip of the National Party|
21 March 2018
|Preceded by||Jami-Lee Ross|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
for Taranaki-King Country
20 September 2014
|Preceded by||Shane Ardern|
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.
The New Zealand National Party, shortened to National or the Nats, is a centre-right political party in New Zealand. It is one of two major parties that dominate contemporary New Zealand politics, alongside its traditional rival, the New Zealand Labour Party.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|2014 –2017||51st||Taranaki-King Country||58||National|
|2017 –present||52nd||Taranaki-King Country||28||National|
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