Meet the candidates

Sep 12th, 2017 | By | Category: Hot Topics, Latest News
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Four candidates are standing for election in the Waikato electorate that encompasses Tamahere and Matangi, two of them locals.

Journalist Philippa Stevenson, editor of Tamahere Forum, is standing for the Green Party and former farmer and rural banker Tim van de Molen is the National Party candidate.

They are joined by Morrinsville farmer Stu Husband for NZ First and South Auckland lawyer Brooke Loader for Labour.

The Waikato election 2017 candidates, l-r, Greens’ Philippa Stevenson, Labour’s Brooke Loader, National’s Tim van de Molen and NZ First’s Stu Husband, pictured at a meet-the-candidate meeting.


As well as individually campaigning across the large electorate from Tuakau to Matamata, Tamahere to Port Waikato and Te Kauwhata, the four have appeared alongside each other at around nine meet-the-candidate meetings around the electorate that have been hosted by service clubs and the like.

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(In alphabetic order)
NZ First’s Stu Husband is a Waikato Regional Councillor for the Waihou constituency, chairs the integrated catchment management committee and is on the dairy and beef committee. He sits on the joint Thames/Coromandel civil defence and hearings committee.

Husband is 17th on the NZ First party list and does not feature on the party’s website, which only shows its top 12 candidates. His candidacy announcement is here.

Labour’s Brooke Loader is a litigation lawyer specialising in indigenous issues, advocating on behalf of a diverse range of clients on issues of a nationwide significance. She grew up in the South Auckland area, is a mother to Isabelle (2), is passionate about the arts and is committed to the Waikato.

More about Loader, who is an electorate candidate only, on the party’s website here.

The Greens Philippa Stevenson is an award-winning journalist who has run Tamahere Forum for nine years. She counts representing the Tamahere community and the Lovell family at the Coroners Court hearing into the death of firefighter Derek Lovell in the Icepak Coolstores fire at Tamahere in 2008 as one of her proudest and most challenging moments.

More about Stevenson on the Green Party website here.

National’s Tim van de Molen, a former farmer and rural banker, hails from Matamata and has lived in the Waikato region for most of his life. In 2013 he won the NZ Young Farmer of the Year award. Outside of work he is active in the Army Reserves. He became a member of the Tamahere Community Committee last October.

More about van de Molen on his party’s website.

What about the policy?

To compare and contrast policies for all the political parties check out this post – Meet the policy – which has links to a number of online policy guide tools.

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One Comment to “Meet the candidates”

  1. Bev Butler says:

    Thank you for this information Pippa. Much appreciated. So pleased I haven’t registered an early vote.

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