Pauline Gardiner

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Pauline Mona Gardiner (born 27 September 1947) is a former New Zealand politician. She was born in Christchurch.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1993–1995 44th Wellington-Karori National
1995–1996 Changed allegiance to: United NZ

Gardiner was a member of parliament from 1993 to 1996,[2] representing first the National Party and then United New Zealand. She was first elected to Parliament in the 1993 elections as MP for the Wellington - Karori electorate representing National and defeating Labour candidate Chris Laidlaw who had won the seat in a by-election the previous year.

She is most well known for her campaign against drug abuse.[3] In 1995, she left the National Party to join six other MPs in the establishment of United New Zealand, a centrist party.[4] Like all United MPs but Peter Dunne, she was defeated in the 1996 elections. In 1998 she ran for United in the Taranaki-King Country by election following the resignation of Jim Bolger.

She has 3 children by her former husband Wira Gardiner.


  1. ^ *Temple, Philip (1994). Temple’s Guide to the 44th New Zealand Parliament. Dunedin: McIndoe Publishers. p. 64. ISBN 0 86868 159 8. 
  2. ^ "Women in parliament 1933 - 2005". Elections New Zealand. Retrieved 31 March 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ Gardiner, Pauline (7 May 06). "A Magnifying Glass over Harm Minimisation". NZCPR. Retrieved 31 March 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ JAMES, COLIN. "Watch out for the elephants". Retrieved 31 March 2010.