Kiri Allan

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Kiri Allan

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Personal details
Born1983/1984 (age 35–36) [1]
Te Karaka, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s)Natalie Coates [2]
Children1 [2]
Profession Lawyer

Kiritapu (Kiri) Allan (born 1983/84) is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.

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Early life

Allan was born in Te Karaka, [3] of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Tūwharetoa descent. She is part of a family of 10 children. [4]

Te Karaka is a small settlement inland from Gisborne, in the northeast of New Zealand's North Island. It is located in the valley of the Waipaoa River close to its junction with its tributary, the Waihora River. Te Karaka is located on State Highway 2, and is the largest settlement between Gisborne and Opotiki in the Bay of Plenty.

Ngāti Ranginui Māori iwi (tribe) in Aotearoa New Zealand

Ngāti Ranginui is a Māori iwi (tribe) in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. Its rohe extends from Waihi in the north, to the Kaimai Range in the west, to south of Te Puke in the south, and to Tauranga in the east. The rohe does not extend offshore to Matakana Island or Mayor Island / Tuhua.

Ngāti Tūwharetoa Māori iwi (tribe) in Aotearoa New Zealand

Ngāti Tūwharetoa is an iwi descended from Ngātoro-i-rangi, the priest who navigated the Arawa canoe to New Zealand. The Tūwharetoa region extends from Te Awa o te Atua at Matata across the central plateau of the North Island to the lands around Mount Tongariro and Lake Taupo.

She dropped out of high school at 16. She worked at KFC in West Auckland and as a cherry picker. [5]

KFC American fast food restaurant chain

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She studied law and politics at Victoria University of Wellington. [6] During her university studies she worked in an internship with then-Prime Minister Helen Clark. [1]

Victoria University of Wellington public university in New Zealand

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Helen Clark 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand

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Career before politics

She worked for a period at law firm ChenPalmer. [6] Later she was a commercial lawyer at and business consultant in Whakatane before she became a politician. [3]

Whakatane Town in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Whakatane is a town in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand, 90 km east of Tauranga and 89 km north-east of Rotorua, at the mouth of the Whakatane River. Whakatane District is the encompassing territorial authority, which covers an area to the south and west of the town, excluding the enclave of Kawerau.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
2017 present 52nd List21 Labour

Allan stood for Labour in the East Coast electorate in the 2017 election and was placed 21 on Labour's party list. [7] Allan did not win the electorate, but entered Parliament via the Party list. [8]

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2017 New Zealand general election Election on 23 September 2017

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In 2018, Allan launched the political podcast Authorised By with Chlöe Swarbrick. [9]

She is Labour's junior whip, and a member of various Select Committees. [10]

At the end of 2018, Allan was labelled a strong performer among backbenchers in Parliament. [11]

Personal life

She married her wife, Natalie Coates, in 2016 after marriage equality was legalised in New Zealand. [5]

Her family had a baby at a similar time to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, and Allan brought the baby to Parliament. [12]

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