Darroch Ball

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Darroch Ball

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
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Assumed office
20 September 2014
Personal details
Born1982 (age 3637)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party New Zealand First
Alma mater University of Auckland

Darroch Leicester Ball (born 1982) is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of New Zealand First.

2014 New Zealand general election

The 2014 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 20 September 2014 to determine the membership of the 51st New Zealand Parliament.

New Zealand First, commonly abbreviated to NZ First, is a nationalist and populist political party in New Zealand. It was founded in July 1993, following the resignation on 19 March 1993 of its leader and founder, Winston Peters, from the then-governing National Party. It has formed governments with both major parties in New Zealand, first with the National Party from 1996 to 1998 and then with the Labour Party from 2005 to 2008 and from 2017 to present.


Early life

Ball was born and raised in Auckland. He attended Liston College (1996–1999) in Henderson, before graduating with a bachelor's degree majoring in biological science from the University of Auckland. [1] He was an army officer and then became a science teacher at Waiopehu College. [1] [2] He is on the board of trustees of Linton Camp School. [3]

Liston College is a college in Henderson, Auckland, New Zealand, for year 7 to 13 boys and offers a Catholic education to its students. It was the second school opened by the Christian Brothers in Auckland. It was named after Archbishop Liston (1881–1976), the seventh Catholic Bishop of Auckland (1929–1970). The school was founded in 1974 to serve the Catholic families of West Auckland and to absorb the growing number of boys who travelled daily to St Peter's College in central Auckland.

Henderson, New Zealand Suburb in Auckland Council, New Zealand

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University of Auckland University in New Zealand

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Political career

New Zealand Parliament
2014 2017 51st List10 NZ First
2017 present 52nd List5 NZ First

Ball was the NZ First electorate committee vice-chairman in Palmerston North. [4] In October 2013, he was elected the party's vice-president for the North Island. [5] He stood in the Palmerston North electorate in the 2014 election and was elected from the New Zealand First list, where he was ranked 10th. [2]

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North Island The northern of the two main islands of New Zealand

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Palmerston North (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Palmerston North is a parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The electorate was first formed for the 1890 election and was called Palmerston until 1938. The current MP for Palmerston North is Iain Lees-Galloway of the Labour Party. He has held this position since the 2008 election.

His party spokesperson portfolios comprise Research, Science and Technology, Social Policy/Welfare, Civil Defence and Emergency Issues, Consumer Affairs, and Youth Affairs.

Ball also hosts a weekly radio programme about New Zealand politics on Access Manawatu, his local community access radio station. [6]

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  1. 1 2 Matthew Grocott (22 September 2014). "MP Ball needs introducing". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  2. 1 2 Bennett, Adam (21 September 2014). "Election results 2014: Winston Peters blames Labour and Greens for rout". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  3. "The Board of Trustees". Linton Camp School. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  4. "Uni more than 'beer and skittles'". Manawatu Standard . 21 September 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  5. "New Zealand First selects new President" (Press release). NZFirst. Voxy.co.nz. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  6. "Issues and current affiars". Association of Community Access Broadcasters. Archived from the original on 16 April 2015. Retrieved 11 April 2015.