Willow-Jean Prime

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Willow-Jean Prime

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
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Assumed office
23 September 2017
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Political party Labour
Spouse(s)Dion
Children3
Alma mater University of Waikato

Willow-Jean Prime is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2017 general election as a representative of the New Zealand Labour Party.

2017 New Zealand general election Election on 23 September 2017

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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; observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. The party participates in the international Progressive Alliance.

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Personal life

Prime is of Ngapuhi descent [1] and grew up in Northland. [2] She lives in Pakaraka with her husband Dion and has three children. She was pregnant during both her 2015 and 2017 election campaigns. [3] [4] Prime has a Master of Laws from Waikato University. [5]

Northland Region region at the northern end of New Zealands North Island

The Northland Region is the northernmost of New Zealand's 16 local government regions. New Zealanders often call it the Far North or, because of its mild climate, the Winterless North. The main population centre is the city of Whangarei, and the largest town is Kerikeri.

Pakaraka Place in Northland Region, New Zealand

Pakaraka is a settlement in Northland, New Zealand, at the junction of State Highway 1 and 10, in the district the Ngāpuhi tribe called Tai-a-mai.

A Master of Laws is a postgraduate academic degree, pursued by those either holding an undergraduate academic law degree, a professional law degree, or an undergraduate degree in a related subject. In some jurisdictions the "Master of Laws" is the basic professional degree for admission into legal practice.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2017 present 52nd List 17 Labour

Prime began her political career when was elected to the Far North District Council for Bay of Islands-Whangaroa in 2013 and was re-elected for a second term in 2016. [1]

Far North District Territorial authority in Northland Region, New Zealand

The Far North District is the northernmost territorial authority district of New Zealand, consisting of the northern part of the Northland Peninsula in the North Island. It stretches from North Cape and Cape Reinga in the north, down to the Bay of Islands, the Hokianga and the town of Kaikohe.

The 2013 New Zealand local elections were triennial elections to elect local government officials and District Health Board members, and the membership of other local bodies such as Licensing Trusts. All elections were conducted by postal ballot, with election day being Saturday 12 October 2013.

Prime first ran for parliament in 2014 for the Northland electorate, placing second. [6] She then ran in the Northland by-election of 2015. The seat was strategically relevant as New Zealand First leader Winston Peters threatened to unseat the safe National position. Labour Party leader Andrew Little did not oppose strategic voting, saying "We have a candidate in the race, and she's a good candidate, and she's somebody who we want in Parliament. I have a duty to back her. But in the end, I want Northlanders to exercise their choice, to see that they could make a difference here. If they want to send a message to the government that we are sick and tired of being neglected, then they know what their choice is." [7] Peters won the by-election and Prime came third with 4.7% of the vote.

2014 New Zealand general election

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Northland (New Zealand electorate) Current New Zealand electorate

Northland is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate, returning one Member of Parliament to the New Zealand House of Representatives. The electorate was established for the 1996 election. It was represented by National Party MP John Carter (1996-2011), and then National's Mike Sabin until his resignation on 30 January 2015. This forced a by-election in March 2015 which was won by New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters. Peters was defeated by National's Matt King in the 2017 general election held on 23 September 2017.

2015 Northland by-election New Zealand by-election

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Prime ran again in Northland at the 2017 in the general election. Labour placed her 17th on its party list, the second highest rank for a Maori candidate after deputy leader Kelvin Davis. [8] Prime has stated she would resign her seat in the Far North District Council should she be elected to Parliament. [4] Prime again did not win the Northland electorate, but entered parliament via the Party list. [9]

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Following a cabinet reshuffle on 27 June 2019, Prime was appointed as the Parliamentary Private Secretary for Local Government. [10]

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