Ann Batten

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Reverend Ann Batten is an Anglican priest and a former New Zealand politician. She has been a member of various political parties and represented New Zealand First and Mauri Pacific in Parliament.

Early life[edit]

Batten is an Anglican priest and peace activist, originally from South Auckland. In 1995, she headed an anti-nuclear protest to French Polynesia.[1]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
1996–1998 45th List 3 NZ First
1998–1999 Changed allegiance to: Mauri Pacific

Batten was selected by the Labour Party to contest the Albany electorate in the 1996 election. She resigned from the Labour Party in March 1996 and joined New Zealand First instead, which gave her a high list ranking of 3rd place and let her contest the North Shore electorate.[2] She came fifth in the electorate vote,[3] but was one of 11 list candidates of her party who entered Parliament.[4]

In 1998, when New Zealand First splintered, Batten was one of the eight MPs who left the party. She eventually joined with four other MPs to form the Mauri Pacific party.[1] In the 1999 election, she was ranked fifth on Mauri Pacific's list, but the party failed to win any seats.

Since leaving Parliament, Batten has been involved in broadcasting.[5]


  1. ^ a b Young, Audrey (12 March 1999). "Peace MP backs warrior women". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Part III - Party Lists of Successful Registered Parties" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Electorate Candidate and Party Votes Recorded at Each Polling Place - North Shore, 1996" (PDF). Retrieved 26 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Part I: Summary of Party List and Electorate Candidate Seats" (PDF). New Zealand Chief Electoral Office. 2007. Retrieved 29 June 2008. 
  5. ^ Archived 5 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine