Beth Houlbrooke

 

Beth is our Deputy Leader and Vice President on the board of ACT NZ.

Beth Houlbrooke is an award winning businesswoman, former farmer, mother of two and elected Chair of the Rodney Local Board, north of Auckland. She joined the party in the early 2000s after being a passive supporter since inception.  Over 30 years of self-employment in farming and small business have given her a strong distaste for over-regulation, high taxation, and seeing others develop a sense of entitlement.

Her experience in business has been in small manufacture, horticulture, beef farming, furniture moving, concrete tank manufacturing, flooring applications, office administration, and transport brokering. 

She is the current Chair of the Rodney Local Board of Auckland Council, overseeing a budget of $28 million per annum and a board of nine members.  Elected first into local government in 2013, in 2016 she led a newly formed political ticket called Rodney First which gained five seats and a majority on the local board, one of a very few successes for the “centre right” in the Auckland Council elections.

As Board Chair, Beth is a constant presence in the local community where she is recognised as an experienced and effective local councillor.

Beth has previously spent four years on the ACT Party Board – two as Auckland North regional representative, and two as Vice President.  She has stood as the Rodney Electorate candidate for ACT in 2011 and 2014, and as the number 2 ranked candidate on the list only in 2017.  She has volunteered for or contracted to the party on a regular basis since the 2011 election, organising three annual conferences and the School of Practical Politics.

She has resided in the Warkworth area for 25 years and has two adult sons, both active in the party.

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