|Member of the New Zealand Parliament |
for National Party List
28 January 2014
|Preceded by||Katrina Shanks|
|Political party||National Party|
|Profession||Member of Parliament|
Joanne Kowhai Hayes is a New Zealand politician and since January 2014 is a New Zealand National Party List MP in the New Zealand Parliament.
Hayes has worked in the health industry, as well as at Māori development organisation Nga Tai O te Awa.
In the 2011 general election Hayes ran for National in Dunedin South,and was in 64th place on the party list.
|New Zealand Parliament|
In December 2013 National list MP Katrina Shanks announced her retirement from Parliament and was replaced by Hayes.On 23 January 2014, the Electoral Commission declared Hayes was officially a National Party list MP and on 28 January 2014 was sworn in as a Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives.
Hayes contested the Christchurch East seat in the 2014 general election, losing to Labour's Poto Williams. However, she was re-elected as a list MP. In the 51st New Zealand Parliament, Hayes served as the National Party's Third Whip, as a member of the Māori Affairs and Local Government and Environment Committees, and as the Chair of the Social Services Committee.
Hayes is of Ngāti Porou, Ati Haunui A Paparangi, and Rangitane ki Wairarapa descent. She is married, and has two sons and two grandchildren.
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