Louisa Wall

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Louisa Wall

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Manurewa
Assumed office
12 April 2011
Preceded by George Hawkins
Personal details
Born (1972-02-17) 17 February 1972 (age 47)
Taupo, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Political party Labour
Previous teams Silver Ferns (netball)
Black Ferns (rugby)

Louisa Hareruia Wall (born 17 February 1972) is the New Zealand Member of Parliament for Manurewa, having stood for the New Zealand Labour Party. She has represented New Zealand in both netball as a Silver Fern and rugby union as a member of the Black Ferns.

A member of parliament (MP) is the representative of the voters to a parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, this category includes specifically members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title. Member of Congress is an equivalent term in other jurisdictions.

Manurewa Suburb in Auckland Council, New Zealand

Manurewa is a major suburb in South Auckland, New Zealand. It was part of Manukau City before the creation of the Auckland super city in 2010. It is located 6 km (3.7 mi) south of the Manukau City Centre, and 26 km (16 mi) southeast of Auckland CBD.

The New Zealand Labour Party, or simply Labour, is a centre-left political party in New Zealand. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as democratic socialism, while observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. It is a participant of the international Progressive Alliance.


Early and personal life

Born in Taupo, Wall has Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Waikato ancestry. She was named after her father's cousin Louis, who died on the day she was born. [1]

Taupo Secondary urban area in North Island, New Zealand

Taupo is a town on the shore of Lake Taupo, which occupies the caldera of the Taupo Volcano in the centre of the North Island of New Zealand. It is the seat of the Taupo District Council and lies in the southern Waikato Region.

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 attended secondary school at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College and earned qualifications from the Waikato Institute of Technology, the University of Waikato and Massey University. She worked in the health field.[ clarification needed ] [2] She identifies openly as lesbian [3] and is a strong advocate for human rights.

Secondary school building and organization where secondary education is provided

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Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is a co-educational high school in Taupo, New Zealand. The school currently has about 1050 students. Taupo-nui-a-Tia College is a Cornerstone Values school.

The Waikato Institute of Technology, also known as Wintec, is one of New Zealand's leading institute of technology based in Hamilton. Approximately 20,000 students from 52 countries study at Wintec each year, and the organisation employs around 840 staff. The institute currently provides 10 degree programmes, 35 diplomas and 12 postgraduate qualifications.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
2008 48th List46 Labour
2011 49th List 43 Labour
2011 2014 50th Manurewa none Labour
2014 2017 51st Manurewa12 Labour
2017 present 52nd Manurewa26 Labour
Louisa Wall
Medal record
Representing Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand
World Cup
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Amsterdam Rugby

In the 2005 election Wall stood unsuccessfully in the Port Waikato electorate and occupied the 46th position on the Labour list.

2005 New Zealand general election general election

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Port Waikato was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate that existed for four parliamentary terms from 1996 to 2008. It was held by Bill Birch for one term, and the remaining three terms by Paul Hutchison; both were members of the National Party.

Wall became a Labour Party member of parliament on 4 March 2008 to replace retiring list MP Ann Hartley. In the 2008 election, she unsuccessfully stood in Tāmaki Makaurau, against Māori Party leader Pita Sharples.

Margaret Ann Hartley, known as Ann Hartley, is a former New Zealand member of parliament, a former Mayor of North Shore City, and a member of the Labour Party.

2008 New Zealand general election election

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Tāmaki Makaurau Māori electorate returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives

Tāmaki Makaurau is a New Zealand parliamentary Māori electorate returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. It was first formed for the 2002 election. The electorate covers the Auckland area and was first held by Labour's John Tamihere before going to Dr Pita Sharples of the Māori Party for three terms from 2005 to 2014. After Sharples' retirement, the electorate was won by Peeni Henare of the Labour Party in the 2014 election.

Wall returned to Parliament as a Labour List MP, after she was selected in December 2010 to represent Labour in Manurewa due to the retirement of George Hawkins. Serving in the 49th New Zealand Parliament, [4] she subsequently won the Manurewa electorate in the 2011 election and returned to the 50th New Zealand Parliament. She continued to hold Manurewa by a comfortable margin in both the 2014 and 2017 elections.

Manurewa (New Zealand electorate) New Zealand electorate

Manurewa is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate in southern Auckland. Louisa Wall has represented the electorate since the 2011 election.

George Hawkins (politician) New Zealand politician

George Warren Hawkins is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the Labour Party.

49th New Zealand Parliament

The 49th New Zealand Parliament was elected at the 2008 election. It comprised 122 members, including an overhang of two seats caused by the Māori Party having won two more electorate seats than its share of the party vote would otherwise have given it. The Parliament served from 2008 until the November 2011 election.

Same-sex marriage

In May 2012, Wall submitted a Bill to legalise same-sex marriage in New Zealand to the Member's bill ballot. it was subsequently drawn and introduced to Parliament in late July 2012. [5]

On 29 August 2012, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill passed its first reading with a vote of 80–40. On 17 April 2013, the Bill was passed into law by 77 votes to 44, making New Zealand the 13th nation to allow same-sex marriage. The Bill came into effect on 19 August 2013, since then married same sex couples in New Zealand have been able to adopt children jointly.

At the third reading, Wall gave a speech [6] likening the passing of the Bill to Treaty of Waitangi settlement acts previously passed by the New Zealand Parliament. [7] She stated the passing of the Bill was like winning a "World Cup final". [8]

Sporting career

Wall was named in the Silver Ferns 1989 team, aged 17, having been an outstanding athlete and scholar at Taupo-nui-a-Tia College. [9]

Inspired by watching the All Blacks on TV with her father as a child, Wall made the Black Ferns in 1998. This team would go on to win the first ever Women's Rugby World Cup. [10] The team won their first game against Germany 134–6, and the final against the USA 44–12. [11]

Wall had been banned from playing at her dad's club as a girl at the age of 5. After winning the World Cup, she returned to New Zealand and gave her medal to her dad.

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  2. "Louisa Wall's biography". New Zealand Labour Party. Archived from the original on 2 November 2008. Retrieved 2 November 2008.
  3. "MP Louisa Wall sworn in". Television New Zealand. 4 March 2008.
  4. "Louisa Wall back in Parliament". The New Zealand Herald. 6 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011.
  5. Davison, Isaac; Shuttleworth, Kate (26 July 2012). "MP's to vote on gay marriage". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  6. "Wall introduces bill for last time". 3 News NZ. 17 April 2013.
  7. "MPs vote to legalise same sex marriage". Television New Zealand. 17 April 2013.
  8. "Vote like a 'World Cup final' – Wall". 3 News NZ. 18 April 2013.
  9. "Front and Centre at Taupo Netball Centre" . Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  10. Little, Paul (21 July 2017). "Louisa Wall's most significant year of her life". The New Zealand Herald . ISSN   1170-0777 . Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  11. "A brief history of the Women's Rugby World Cup". All Blacks. Retrieved 17 August 2018.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
George Hawkins
Member of Parliament for Manurewa