Jamie Strange

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Jamie Strange

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Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party List
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Personal details
Born1976 (age 42–43)
Political partyLabour

Jamie Ross Strange (born 1976) is a New Zealand politician. He is a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.


Before entering parliament, Strange taught music at Berkley Normal Middle School in Hillcrest, Hamilton.[1] He is also a former church minister.[2]

Strange had a music career himself and has written over 40 songs and released his own album Thanks for Faking It Sometimes in 2007. The songs videos featured a mannequin who was present to mimic the "plastic-looking" girlfriends rock stars often have. Strange named the mannequin 'Kate Brightstar' after purchasing it from a store called Brightstar and later sold it on TradeMe to a truck driver.[3]

Political career[edit]

Strange stood unsuccessfully for a seat on the Hamilton City Council in 2013.[4] The next year he contested the North Island electorate of Taupō at the 2014 election, but was defeated by the incumbent, National's Louise Upston.[5]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd List 36 Labour

Strange stood for Labour in the Hamilton East electorate in the 2017 election and was placed 36 on Labour's party list.[6] Strange did not win the electorate, but entered parliament via the Party list.[7]

In July 2018 Strange said he expects a Hamilton to Auckland rail commuter service to be operating by the end of 2019.[8]

Voting record[edit]

On 26 June 2019 he voted against the End of Life Choice Bill (euthanasia)[1].


  1. ^ Akoorie, Natalie (25 June 2017). "Cuts to staff of Waikato University music school opposed". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Strange launches Hamilton East campaign for change". The New Zealand Herald. 19 November 2016. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  3. ^ Cheng, Derek (1 January 2018). "Meet the backbencher: Jamie Strange and his mannequin". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ Trevett, Claire (1 August 2016). "Labour selects Jamie Strange as Hamilton East candidate". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Official Count Results – Taupō". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2014. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  6. ^ "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". Scoop.co.nz. 15 August 2017. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Jamie Strange confident Hamilton-Auckland commuter train cash coming (with photo of MP)". Stuff (Fairfax). 18 July 2018.