Shane Ardern

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Shane Ardern
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Taranaki-King Country
Assumed office
Preceded by Jim Bolger
Majority 15,618 (2008)
Personal details
Born (1960-01-26) 26 January 1960 (age 54)
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party National

Philip Shane Ardern (known as Shane Ardern) (b. 26 January 1960) is a New Zealand politician. He is a member of the National Party, representing the electorate of Taranaki-King Country.

Early years[edit]

Ardern was born and raised in Opunake, and attended Opunake High School.

Before entering politics, Ardern was a dairy farmer, and many of his political activities have been on behalf of the farming community.

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1998–1999 45th Taranaki-King Country National
1999–2002 46th Taranaki-King Country 35 National
2002–2005 47th Taranaki-King Country none National
2005–2008 48th Taranaki-King Country 21 National
2008–2011 49th Taranaki-King Country 24 National
2011 – present 50th Taranaki-King Country 27 National

He was first elected in the Taranaki-King Country by-election of 1998, which was prompted by the retirement from politics of former Prime Minister Jim Bolger. He has held that seat since.

He gained nationwide recognition in late 2003 when, having driven a tractor up the front steps of Parliament as part of a protest against a proposed agricultural emissions research levy, nicknamed the "flatulence" or "fart tax", he was investigated by the police for dangerous conduct.

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Jim Bolger
Member of Parliament for Taranaki-King Country
1998 –