Candidates

Jamie Whyte

Dr Jamie Whyte is a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and a senior fellow of the Adam Smith Institute. He has previously worked as the Head of Research and Publishing at Oliver Wyman Financial Services, as a management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, as a philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University and as a foreign currency trader.

Kenneth Wang

Kenneth Wang is the Deputy Leader of ACT. He has lived in New Zealand since immigrating as a student in 1986. Kenneth gained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 1989 and began a career in graphic design and advertising.

He has extensive experience in the small business sector, both through Brandworks – the advertising company he founded in his Mt Roskill bedroom in 1993 – and as a board member for several business associations.

David Seymour

David Seymour, ACT’s Epsom candidate, is an engineering and philosophy graduate from the University of Auckland. Before returning to New Zealand to run for Epsom, David lived in Canada for five of the past seven years, where he worked for public policy think tanks such as the Manning Foundation and the Frontier Centre.

Between stints in Canada he was Ministerial Advisor to John Banks, where he assisted the Minister in introducing Partnership Schools to New Zealand.

Robin Grieve

Robin Grieve is ACT’s candidate for Whangarei. Robin operates a consultancy and training business and owns an avocado orchard. He is a top speechwriter and speaker, having represented New Zealand three times in world toastmaster competitions.

Robin is the chair of Pastural Farming Climate Research, an organisation that collates scientific research with a view to challenging how governments view the impact of livestock on atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gas.

Beth Houlbrooke

Beth Houlbrooke is the ACT Party's Rodney candidate, an elected member of the Rodney Local Board, and Vice President of ACT.

Beth has resided in the Warkworth area for 20 years. She is well known in the community as a Local Board member, and previously as coordinator of a businesswomen’s network, chairperson of a primary school board of trustees, and kindergarten president. 

Don Nicolson

Don Nicolson is ACT New Zealand’s candidate for Clutha-Southland and ACT’s joint Primary Industries Spokesman.

After some time as a public servant in the 1970s, Don has been self-employed since 1979. In 1983 farming became his vocation. Seeing first hand the damage farming subsidies was doing to his industry, Don soon become a rural advocate and a fighter for property rights.

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Stephen Berry

Stephen Berry is ACT’s candidate for Upper Harbour. He is 31 years old and lives with his partner John on the North Shore.

Stephen has worked for much of the last sixteen years in the food industry, currently as a retail manager for Countdown supermarkets. He has also been involved in politics for nearly as many years, most recently standing for the Auckland mayoralty in 2013 where he finished third. His advocacy in that election of lower rates, balanced budgets and private property rights fits well with ACT’s philosophy.

Dasha Kovalenko

Dasha Kovalenko is a commercial and property solicitor and ACT’s candidate for Auckland Central.

Dasha’s previous work experience includes researching at the United Nations Information Centre and more recently the European Union. She also worked for the Ministry of Justice after graduating from the University of Auckland with a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts conjoint degree.

Gareth Veale

Gareth Veale is ACT’s Ilam candidate. Gareth also stood for Ilam in 2011 and more recently in the 2013 Christchurch-East by-election.

Born on the South Island’s West Coast, Gareth was educated at St Bede's College in Christchurch before completing a degree in Political Science and History at the University of Canterbury. He currently works for IAG as an Earthquake Claims Specialist.

Gareth believes that ACT is the only real party that espouses his principles of hard work, thrift, and personal responsibility. 

Ian Cummings

Ian Cummings is ACT’s candidate for Hunua and the General Manager of Wiri Oil Services.

Born and raised in Christchurch, Ian has called Pukekohe home for the past five years, and serves as a Board Member at Pukekohe Christian School.

Ian is married to Jenny and has four children. He firmly believes that people’s lives, liberty and property should not be the play thing of politicians. 

Sara Muti

Sara Russell-Muti is heavily involved in the rural sector. As a Kellogg Rural Leader, her research project was a plan on how to bring rural based business people together via social media to encourage free exchange ideas and experience. 

Now based back in Hamilton, Sara has co-founded AgChatNZ, an online forum for farmers to discuss industry related issues. She is also the co-founder of the Liberal Forum, a classic liberal education series based in Hamilton, with local and international speakers.