Megan Woods

Last updated


Megan Woods

MP
Megan Woods 2018 1.jpg
Megan Woods in 2018
28th Minister of Housing
Assumed office
27 June 2019
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Phil Twyford
17th Minister of Energy and Resources
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Judith Collins
Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Nicky Wagner
26th Minister for Research, Science and Innovation
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Paul Goldsmith
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Wigram
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Jim Anderton
Majority4,040
Personal details
Born (1973-11-04) 4 November 1973 (age 46)
Political party Labour (since 2007)
Other political
affiliations
Progressive Party (1999–2007)
Website Profile on Labour website
Academic background
Alma mater University of Canterbury
Thesis Integrating the nation: Gendering Maori urbanisation and integration, 1942–1969  (2002)
Doctoral advisor Katie Pickles

Megan Cherie Woods (born 4 November 1973) is a New Zealand politician who, since 2011, has served as the Labour Party Member of Parliament for the Wigram electorate of the New Zealand Parliament.

Contents

Early life

Woods was born and grew up in Wigram, Christchurch. [1] She attended high school at Catholic Cathedral College and has a PhD in history obtained at the University of Canterbury [2] with a thesis titled Integrating the nation: Gendering Maori urbanisation and integration, 1942–1969. [3]

Professional life

Woods was a business manager for Crop & Food Research (2005–08) and its successor organisation Plant and Food Research (2008), based at Lincoln. [1]

Political career

Woods and Anderton at the Riccarton Market Megan and Jim with Marty at the Riccarton Market.jpg
Woods and Anderton at the Riccarton Market

Woods was a member of the Progressive Party from 1999 to 2007 and was involved in several of Jim Anderton's re-election campaigns. [4] She contested the Christchurch Central electorate in the 2005 general election and came fourth, receiving 1077 votes (3.2% of the electorate votes). [5] She was placed fourth on the Progressive party list. As the party obtained only 1.2% of the party vote, she did not enter Parliament that year.

She was a member of the Spreydon-Heathcote community board in Christchurch from 2004 to 2007. [1]

Woods joined the Labour Party in 2007. [4] In the same year, she contested the Christchurch mayoralty for the centre-left Christchurch 2021 group, receiving 32,821 votes and coming second against Bob Parker (47,033 votes), but beating Jo Giles (14,454 votes) in the election contested by ten candidates. [6] [7] She did not contest the 2008 general election or the 2010 mayoral election.

Woods was selected as the Labour candidate for the 2011 election in the Wigram electorate. [1] [4] She succeeded Jim Anderton, who had announced that he would retire either after winning the Christchurch mayoralty (he was unsuccessful) or at the end of the term of the 49th Parliament in November 2011. Woods was a key member of Anderton's campaign committee, along with key Progressive Party members like Jeanette Lawrence and Liz Maunsell, and Labour activists such as campaign manager Tony Milne, Ben Ross and Liana Foster. [8] Until the 2010 Canterbury earthquake, Anderton was leading in the opinion polls, and winning the mayoralty would have caused a by-election in the Wigram electorate. [9] The earthquake resulted in a mood swing in Christchurch, and Anderton lost against Bob Parker. [10] Anderton remained an MP until the end of the term of the 49th Parliament, and Woods won in the 2011 general election in the Wigram electorate. [4]

Member of Parliament

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2011 2014 50th Wigram 47 Labour
2014 2017 51st Wigram 20 Labour
2017 present 52nd Wigram 6 Labour

Woods' candidacy, which began in late 2010, was centred on job creation in her electorate. She stated in her Labour selection speech that "Growing up here in the 1980s, I watched people lose their jobs. I saw workplaces like the Addington Workshops shut their doors forever. Now I am 36 years old and am watching jobs disappear from our communities again." [4] Woods also cited the rising cost of living for everyday people as a major concern.

At the election, Woods won the seat with 45.11% of the vote and a majority of 1,500 votes. [11] Woods won re-election in the 2014 election with an increased majority. [12]

Woods was previously Labour Party's spokesperson for the Environment and Climate Change and has served prior as the Party's spokesperson for Tertiary Education and associate spokesperson for Science and Innovation. [13] [14]

Woods was elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour Party caucus following Labour's formation of a coalition government with New Zealand First and the Greens. [15] As of 2018, Woods is the Minister of Energy and Resources. On 12 April, Woods announced that the Government would halt future gas and oil exploration but clarified that the existing 22 contracts would be allowed to continue. [16]

On 27 June 2019, in Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's first major reshuffle of the coalition government, Woods was appointed Minister of Housing, replacing Phil Twyford. [17]

On 19 June 2020, Woods was given joint responsibility with Air Commodore Darryn Webb for overseeing isolation and quarantine facilities for travellers entering New Zealand, as part of the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. [18] [19]

Related Research Articles

Jim Anderton New Zealand politician

James Patrick Anderton was a New Zealand politician who led a succession of left-wing parties after leaving the Labour Party in 1989.

2002 New Zealand general election

The 2002 New Zealand general election was held on 27 July 2002 to determine the composition of the 47th New Zealand Parliament. It saw the reelection of Helen Clark's Labour Party government, as well as the worst-ever performance by the opposition National Party.

Jim Anderton's Progressive Party was a New Zealand political party generally somewhat to the left of its ally, the Labour Party.

Lianne Dalziel New Zealand politician

Lianne Audrey Dalziel is New Zealand politician and the current Mayor of Christchurch. Prior to this position, she was a member of the New Zealand Parliament for 23 years, serving as Minister of Immigration, Commerce, Minister of Food Safety and Associate Minister of Justice in the Fifth Labour Government. She resigned from Cabinet on 20 February 2004 after apparently lying about a leak of documents to the media, but was reinstated as a Minister following Labour's return to office after the 2005 election. She resigned from Parliament effective 11 October 2013 to contest the Christchurch mayoral election. The incumbent, Bob Parker, decided not to stand again, and she was widely regarded as the top favourite and won with a wide margin to become the 46th Mayor of Christchurch.

Kevin Thomas Campbell is a former New Zealand member of parliament for the Alliance, and the party's leader outside of Parliament at its deregistration in May 2015.

Elizabeth Audrey Gordon is a former New Zealand politician. She was an MP from 1996 to 2002, representing the Alliance.

Christchurch East New Zealand electorate

Christchurch East, originally called Christchurch City East, is a current New Zealand parliamentary electorate. It was first created for the 1871 election and was abolished for two period, from 1875–1905 and again from 1946–1996. It was last created for the introduction of the MMP voting system for the 1996 election. The current MP is Poto Williams, a member of the New Zealand Labour Party who was first elected in the 2013 Christchurch East by-election.

Wigram (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Wigram is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The current MP for Wigram is Megan Woods of the Labour Party. She took over this position from Jim Anderton, who had held this position from 1996 until 2011.

James McCombs New Zealand politician

James (Jimmy) McCombs was a New Zealand Member of Parliament for Lyttelton.

Bob Parker (mayor) 45th Mayor of Christchurch

Sir Robert John Parker is a former New Zealand broadcaster and politician. He served as Mayor of Christchurch from 2007 to 2013.

Port Hills (New Zealand electorate)

Port Hills is a parliamentary electorate of New Zealand created for the 2008 general election. Ruth Dyson of the Labour Party had previously held the Banks Peninsula electorate since the 1999 election that was largely replaced by Port Hills, and Dyson is to this day the area's representative. The Port Hills electorate is mostly urban, and lost the more rural Banks Peninsula areas of the old electorate to the Selwyn electorate that was also formed for the 2008 election.

Sydenham was a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, from 1881 to 1890 and again from 1946 to 1996. It had notable politicians representing it like Mabel Howard, Norman Kirk and Jim Anderton.

2011 New Zealand general election election in New Zealand

The 2011 New Zealand general election on Saturday 26 November 2011 determined the membership of the 50th New Zealand Parliament.

2010 Christchurch mayoral election New Zealand mayoral election

The 2010 Christchurch mayoral election is part of the 2010 New Zealand local elections. On 9 October 2010, elections were held for the Mayor of Christchurch plus other local government roles. Incumbent Bob Parker was re-elected.

1943 Christchurch East by-election New Zealand by-election

The 1943 Christchurch East by-election held on 6 February was caused by the death of Tim Armstrong during the term of the 26th New Zealand Parliament. The by-election in the Christchurch East electorate was contested by five candidates, including representatives from the Labour Party, the Labour breakaway party Democratic Labour Party and the National Party. The election was won by the Labour candidate, Mabel Howard, and started her long parliamentary career, which included her becoming the first female cabinet minister in 1947.

2013 Christchurch mayoral election New Zealand mayoral election

The 2013 Christchurch mayoral election was part of the New Zealand local elections and was won by former MP Lianne Dalziel. The elections were held on 12 October 2013 for the Mayor of Christchurch plus other local government roles.

2013 Christchurch East by-election New Zealand by-election

A by-election was held in the New Zealand electorate of Christchurch East on 30 November 2013. The seat was vacated following the resignation of Lianne Dalziel of the Labour Party from parliament, who contested and won the Christchurch mayoralty in October 2013.

1935 Christchurch mayoral election New Zealand mayoral election

The 1935 Christchurch City mayoral election was held on 8 May. The incumbent, Dan Sullivan of the Labour Party narrowly beat the conservative candidate, Hugh Acland, a surgeon and World War I veteran. The election attracted nationwide attention, as Christchurch was a Labour-stronghold and due to Acland's widespread popularity, it was regarded as a test whether Labour could potentially win the November 1935 general election.

1936 Christchurch mayoral by-election New Zealand mayoral by-election

The Christchurch mayoral by-election in 1936 was triggered by the resignation of the incumbent, Dan Sullivan, who had been appointed cabinet minister after the Labour Party winning the general election in November 1935. The election was won by John Beanland of the Citizens' Association, who narrowly beat the Labour candidate.

1938 Christchurch mayoral election New Zealand mayoral election

The 1938 Christchurch City mayoral election was held on 11 May. The incumbent, John Beanland of the Citizens' Association, failed to get the nomination by his party and the surgeon Dr. John Guthrie was nominated instead. The Labour Party nominated Robert Macfarlane. Both the Labour and conservative candidate had been members of Christchurch City Council for some years. Macfarlane narrowly won the mayoralty.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Conway, Glenn (20 September 2010). "Anderton follower chosen for Wigram". The Press . Archived from the original on 21 September 2010. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  2. "Dr Megan Woods". Plant & Food Research. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  3. Woods, Megan (2002). Integrating the nation: Gendering Maori urbanisation and integration, 1942–1969 (Thesis). University of Canterbury . Retrieved 20 June 2020.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Megan Woods to stand for Labour in Wigram". Newshub . 19 September 2010. Archived from the original on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  5. "Official Count Results – Christchurch Central". Electoral Commission. Archived from the original on 27 May 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  6. Edward Gay and James Ihaka (13 October 2007). "New faces aplenty in local government shake-ups". The New Zealand Herald . Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  7. "Christchurch City Mayor". Local Elections 2010. Archived from the original on 27 August 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  8. The People's Mayor Announces. 18 July 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  9. Booker, Jarrod (12 September 2010). "Anderton presses on with mayoral bid". The New Zealand Herald . Archived from the original on 28 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
  10. "Parker re-elected in Christchurch". The Dominion Post . 9 October 2010. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2010.
  11. "Official Count Results – Wigram". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 January 2020. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  12. "Official Count Results – Wigram". Electoral Commission. 20 September 2014. Archived from the original on 21 January 2020. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
  13. "About Megan". Megan Wood's website. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017.
  14. "Megan Woods". New Zealand Labour Party. Archived from the original on 26 November 2014. Retrieved 30 November 2014.
  15. "Who's in? Who's out?". Radio New Zealand . 20 October 2017. Archived from the original on 20 July 2018. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  16. "Oil, gas exploration move a 'kick in the guts' for Taranaki – mayor". Radio New Zealand. 11 April 2018. Archived from the original on 12 November 2019. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  17. Cooke, Henry (27 June 2019). "PM takes housing off Phil Twyford in first major reshuffle". Stuff . Archived from the original on 17 December 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  18. Cooke, Henry (19 June 2020). "Housing Minister Megan Woods taking on responsibility for border management". Stuff . Archived from the original on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  19. "Housing Minister Megan Woods to oversee managed isolation and quarantine facilities". Radio New Zealand . 19 June 2020. Archived from the original on 20 June 2020. Retrieved 20 June 2020.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jim Anderton
Member of Parliament for Wigram
2011–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Judith Collins
Minister of Energy and Resources
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Nicky Wagner
Minister for Greater Canterbury Regeneration
2017–present
Preceded by
Paul Goldsmith
Minister for Research, Science and Innovation
2017–present