Barbara Stewart

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the composer, see Barbara Stewart (composer).

Barbara Stewart is a New Zealand politician. She is a member of the New Zealand First party.

Early life[edit]

Stewart was born in Wairoa in 1952. She obtained a BEd and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies, both from the University of Waikato. Before entering politics, she was a teacher and a company training officer.[1]

Political career[edit]

Stewart was initially a member of the National Party and acted as secretary for the Feilding branch 1987–90.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2002–2005 47th List 6 NZ First
2005–2008 48th List 6 NZ First
2011–2014 50th List 5 NZ First
2014 – present 51st List 5 NZ First

Stewart was elected to Parliament in the 2002 elections as a list MP, having been ranked sixth on the New Zealand First party list.[1] In 2006 she introduced a Member's Bill to Parliament to reduce the size of the New Zealand House of Representatives from 120 members to 100 members. The bill passed its first reading 61 votes to 60 on 16 March 2006, but was defeated at its Second Reading on 8 November 2006.

In the 2008 general election Stewart was fifth on the New Zealand First party list, but the party lost all its parliamentary seats, winning no electorates and polling below the 5% threshold.


  1. ^ a b c "Members of Parliament". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 7 September 2010.