Ginny Andersen

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Ginny Andersen

MP
Virginia Andersen.jpg
Andersen speaking in 2017
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Vice-President of the New Zealand Labour Party
In office
2015–2017
President Nigel Haworth
Preceded byRobert Gallagher
Succeeded byBeth Houston
Personal details
Political party Labour
Spouse(s)Geoff Gwyn
Relations Bill Andersen (great-uncle)
ChildrenFour
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Website Labour Party profile

Virginia Ruby Andersen [1] [2] [3] is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.

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Personal life

Andersen lives in Belmont, Lower Hutt [4] and worked for the New Zealand Police as a policy unit manager from 2006 to 2017. [1] Her great-uncle was Bill Andersen, a noted activist and trade union leader. [5] Prior to working for the Police, Andersen worked at the Office of Treaty Settlements and was also a private secretary and senior political adviser in Parliament to several Labour MPs including Trevor Mallard, David Cunliffe, Mark Burton, and Margaret Wilson. [6]

Belmont, a suburb of Lower Hutt, to the north of Wellington in the North Island of New Zealand, lies on the west bank of the Hutt River, on State Highway 2, the Wellington-Hutt main road, and across the river from the centre of Lower Hutt.

Lower Hutt Place in Wellington, New Zealand

Lower Hutt is a city in the Wellington Region of the North Island of New Zealand. Administered by the Hutt City Council, it is one of the four cities that constitute the Wellington metropolitan area.

New Zealand Police national police force

The New Zealand Police is the national police force of New Zealand, responsible for enforcing criminal law, enhancing public safety, maintaining order and keeping the peace throughout New Zealand. With over 11,000 staff it is the largest law enforcement agency in New Zealand and, with few exceptions, has primary jurisdiction over the majority of New Zealand criminal law. The New Zealand Police also has responsibility for traffic and commercial vehicle enforcement as well as other key responsibilities including protection of dignitaries, firearms licensing and matters of national security.

Political career

Andersen stood in the electorate of Ōhāriu at the 2014 election, and was only narrowly defeated by the long-standing incumbent, Peter Dunne of United Future by a margin of just 610 votes (1.91%). [7] [1] Andersen served as the Labour Party's Vice-President from 2015 to 2017 when she stood down in order to focus on her parliamentary candidacy. [1]

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Peter Dunne New Zealand politician

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Member of parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2017 present 52nd List28 Labour

In October 2016, Andersen was selected as Labour's candidate for the electorate of Hutt South for the 2017 election against Hutt City Councillor Campbell Barry and list candidate Sarah Packer. [1] She replaced long-serving member of parliament Trevor Mallard, who had, in July of that year, signalled his intention to serve as a list-only candidate for the election with the intention of becoming Speaker of the House, as the candidate for the electorate. [3] [1] [2] [8] In the last election Mallard had won Hutt South by only 709 votes (1.83%) over National's candidate, Chris Bishop, probably due to boundary changes and Holly Walker's candidacy for the Green Party which drew away some support. [9] Andersen was ranked 28 on Labour's party list, an increase of 9 from 2014. [10] Andersen did not win the electorate, but entered parliament via the Party list. [11]

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Trevor Mallard New Zealand politician

Trevor Colin Mallard is a New Zealand politician. He was formerly the Member of Parliament for the Hutt South electorate, and is currently a list MP and Speaker of the House. He was a Cabinet minister in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand holding portfolios including Environment, Labour, Broadcasting, State Owned Enterprises, Rugby World Cup and Education. He was also Associate Minister of Finance. In the 51st Parliament, he was the Labour Party spokesperson for Internal Affairs, and Sport and Recreation.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Labour selects former Ohariu candidate Virginia Andersen to run in Hutt South electorate". stuff.co.nz . 31 October 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. 1 2 "2017 Candidates". New Zealand Labour Party . Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. 1 2 "Ginny Andersen". New Zealand Labour Party . Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. Upper Hutt Leader, 2 Aug 2017 https://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/upper-hutt-leader/20170802/281840053747806
  5. Smith, Mike (11 May 2014). "Ginny Andersen a rising star electorate". The Standard. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. "Labour announces Ohariu candidate". Radio New Zealand . 20 February 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  7. "Official Count Results – Ōhāriu". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  8. Boyack, Nicholas (25 July 2016). "Labour MP Trevor Mallard vacates Hutt South electorate to apply for Speaker position". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
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  10. "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". Scoop.co.nz. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  11. "Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Gallagher
Vice-President of the New Zealand Labour Party
2015–2017
Succeeded by
Beth Houston