Jenny Marcroft

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Jenny Marcroft

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Personal details
Born1963 (age 55–56)
Political partyNew Zealand First

Jennifer Lyn Marcroft (born 1963) is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the New Zealand First party.

Early life[edit]

Both Marcroft's parents died during her childhood leaving her an orphan at 16. She then lived with a violent step-father in Rotorua who motivated her to run away from home.[1] She is part Māori on her father's side and identifies as Ngāpuhi.[1] Marcroft's mother was a family friend of former Deputy-Prime Minister Don McKinnon, who supported her entry into politics.[1]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Marcroft had a career spanning over 30 years in the broadcasting industry, mostly reading the news on the radio for Independent Radio News, however she also read the news on television for TV3 at times.[2] During her career she worked to ensure her pronunciation of Māori names was correct, receiving criticism for doing so. During the 1990s as a newsreader she was told not to say "kia ora" at the beginning of bulletins, but decided to persist anyway.[1]

Political career[edit]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd List 9 NZ First

In 2017 election Marcroft stood for New Zealand First in the Tāmaki electorate and was placed ninth on New Zealand First's party list.[3][2] She duly entered parliament via the party list.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Young, Audrey (2 January 2017). "Meet the backbencher: Jenny Marcroft". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Newsreader announced as NZ First candidate". NewsHub. 23 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. ^ "The NZ First Party list for the 2017 General Election". 29 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  4. ^ "Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.