Jo Luxton

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Jo Luxton

MP
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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Personal details
Born1973 (age 4546)
Political party Labour (2013–present)
Spouse(s)Matt
Children3
Relatives Norman Kirk (great-uncle)

Jo-Anne Marie Luxton (born 1973) [1] is a New Zealand politician and a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.

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Personal life

Luxton owns and operates the Hinds Early Learning Centre, the first such business in New Zealand to be an accredited Living Wage Employer. [2] She is the great-niece of former Labour Prime Minister Norman Kirk. [3] She is of Māori descent. [4]

Norman Kirk 29th Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Māori people Indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand

The Māori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. Māori originated with settlers from eastern Polynesia, who arrived in New Zealand in several waves of canoe voyages some time between 1250 and 1300. Over several centuries in isolation, the Polynesian settlers developed a unique culture, with their own language, a rich mythology, and distinctive crafts and performing arts. Early Māori formed tribal groups based on eastern Polynesian social customs and organisation. Horticulture flourished using plants they introduced; later, a prominent warrior culture emerged.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2017 present 52nd List29 Labour

Luxton stood for Labour in the Rangitata electorate in the 2017 election and was placed 29 on Labour's party list. [5] Luxton did not win the electorate, but entered parliament via the Party list. [6]

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References

  1. "Coffee with the candidate: Labour Rangitata candidate Jo Luxton". Stuff.
  2. Hudson, Daisy (6 July 2016). "Jo Luxton confirmed as Labour's Rangitata candidate". The Timaru Herald . Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  3. Hudson, Daisy (29 August 2017). "Coffee with the candidate: Labour Rangitata candidate Jo Luxton". The Timaru Herald . Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. "Labour's Jo Luxton 'between two worlds'". Stuff.
  5. "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". Scoop . 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  6. "Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.