Jo Hayes

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Jo Hayes

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party List
Assumed office
28 January 2014
Preceded byKatrina Shanks
Personal details
NationalityNew Zealand
Political partyNational Party
ProfessionMember of Parliament

Joanne Kowhai Hayes is a New Zealand politician and since January 2014 is a New Zealand National Party List MP in the New Zealand Parliament.


Hayes has worked in the health industry, as well as at Māori development organisation Nga Tai O te Awa.[1]

Political career[edit]

In the 2011 general election Hayes ran for National in Dunedin South,[2] and was in 64th place on the party list.

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2014 50th List 64 National
2014–2017 51st List 47 National
2017–present 52nd List 36 National

In December 2013 National list MP Katrina Shanks announced her retirement from Parliament and was replaced by Hayes.[3] On 23 January 2014, the Electoral Commission declared Hayes was officially a National Party list MP[4][5] and on 28 January 2014 was sworn in as a Member of the New Zealand House of Representatives.[6]

Hayes contested the Christchurch East seat in the 2014 general election, losing to Labour's Poto Williams. However, she was re-elected as a list MP. In the 51st New Zealand Parliament, Hayes served as the National Party's Third Whip, as a member of the Māori Affairs and Local Government and Environment Committees, and as the Chair of the Social Services Committee.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Hayes is of Ngāti Porou, Ati Haunui A Paparangi, and Rangitane ki Wairarapa descent. She is married, and has two sons and two grandchildren.[3]


  1. ^ Grocott, Mathew (11 December 2013). "Hayes to enter Parliament". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 22 May 2014.
  2. ^ "Joanna Hayes". 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Joanne Hayes to enter Parliament on National List". New Zealand National Party. 10 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  4. ^ "Declaration by Electoral Commission That Joanne Kowhai Hayes is Elected a Member of Parliament" (22 January 2014) 7 New Zealand Gazette 147.
  5. ^ "New MP for National". 23 January 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2014.
  6. ^ (28 January 2014) 696 NZPD 1.
  7. ^ "Current MPs: Joanne Hayes". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 6 March 2017.

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