|Nicky campaigning against the Electoral Finance Bill, in Christchurch, 28 November 2007.|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch Central
|Prime Minister||John Key|
|Born||23 July 1953
Early life and career
Wagner has received a teaching degree from Christchurch College of Education, a BA from Canterbury University, and an MBA from Massey University. After working for a time as a teacher, she entered the business world, and established a successful fashion marketing company and later an internet marketing business. She was an internet pioneer establishing firstly FashioNZ a website to support the New Zealand fashion industry and GardenNZ for the gardening industry.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
|2011 – present||50th||Christchurch Central||42||National|
In 2003 Wagner was elected to the Canterbury Regional Council, and was a councillor until 2007.
She contested the Christchurch Central electorate for the National Party in the 2005 general elections. While Wagner did not win the electorate, her high list placing (28th, the third highest placing for a newcomer behind Tim Groser and Chris Finlayson) ensured her election to Parliament. Prior to her election, Wagner had endorsed the NZ Flag.com Trust's campaign for a referendum on New Zealand's flag, stating "Our flag should celebrate our nation's identity and our special foot-print on this earth. We will always respect and cherish our links with the past that are represented in our present flag but a young country needs to create a strong vision for its future." In her first term in Parliament she sat on the Justice and Electoral select committee and later the Local Government and Environment Committee.
Recontesting Christchurch Central in the 2008 general election, Wagner drastically cut Labour's majority in both the electorate and the party vote, reducing the candidate majority from 7,836 to 936. She remained in Parliament, having been re-elected through the National Party list.
She contested Christchurch Central for the third time in the 2011 general election and won the seat off Labour with a 47 vote majority, after special votes broke an exact tie between her and incumbent MP Brendon Burns on election night. This marked the first time National had ever held the Christchurch Central electorate since its creation in 1946.
Nicky is the Chair of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee and sits on the Maori Affairs Select Committee. She also chairs the BlueGreens Caucus Committee and the Arts, Culture and Heritage Caucus Committee. In 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Gerry Brownlee and Nick Smith in the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery and Environment portfolios, respectively.