Helen Smith (politician)

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Helen Mary Smith (25 May 1927 – 26 December 2007) was a Porirua, New Zealand city councillor from 1973 until 2001. First elected in a by-election in as a Values Party candidate, Smith stood as Values candidate for the Porirua electorate in the 1972, 1975 and 1978 elections, with votes of 1051, 2176 and 2043; coming third each time and gaining the highest number of votes of any Values Party candidate in the country in 1978.[1] [2] Smith was also the runner-up in the 1977 mayoral election in Porirua

Smith was an activist in Porirua over several community issues. From 1980 to 2001, when she was narrowly defeated (leaving a gap on the council [3] Smith was chairperson of the Community Development Committee, which saw her responsible for the library services in Porirua, widely considered to be excellent. She was also strong supporter for the Pataka Complex and an art gallery in Porirua. The Porirua City Council has named a room in the local Pataka Museum and a prize after her.

She lived in Titahi Bay with her husband Dr Allan Smith [4] and had four children and numerous grandchildren.


  1. ^ Norton, Clifford (1988). New Zealand Parliamentary Election Results 1946-1987: Occasional Publications No 1, Department of Political Science. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington. p. 321. ISBN 0-475-11200-8. 
  2. ^ New Zealand election results
  3. ^ "Pukerua Bay artist seeks seat on Porirua Council". Stuff (Fairfax). 13 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "Long-serving doctor honoured". Stuff (Fairfax). 10 October 2013. 

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