|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
20 September 2014
|Born||1982 (age 36–37)|
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.
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.
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.He was an army officer and then became a science teacher at Waiopehu College. He is on the board of trustees of Linton Camp School.
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 is a major suburb of Auckland, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) west of Auckland city centre, and two kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the Whau River, a southwestern arm of the Waitematā Harbour.
The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 85th worldwide in the 2018/19 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.
|New Zealand Parliament|
|2014 –2017||51st||List||10||NZ First|
|2017 –present||52nd||List||5||NZ First|
Ball was the NZ First electorate committee vice-chairman in Palmerston North.In October 2013, he was elected the party's vice-president for the North Island. 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.
Palmerston North is a city in the North Island of New Zealand and the seat of the Manawatu-Wanganui region. Located in the eastern Manawatu Plains, the city is near the north bank of the Manawatu River, 35 km (22 mi) from the river's mouth, and 12 km (7 mi) from the end of the Manawatu Gorge, about 140 km (87 mi) north of the capital, Wellington. Palmerston North is the country's seventh-largest city and eighth-largest urban area, with an urban population of 86,600.
The North Island, also officially named Te Ika-a-Māui, is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, separated from the larger but much less populous South Island by Cook Strait. The island's area is 113,729 square kilometres (43,911 sq mi), making it the world's 14th-largest island. It has a population of 3,749,200.
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.
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Aokautere is a suburb of Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand. It is situated in the cliffs on the south banks of the Manawatu River.
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