Hilary Calvert

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Hilary Calvert
Hilary Calvert.jpg
Hilary Calvert campaigning in 2008
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for ACT party list
In office
2010–2011
Personal details
Born (1954-10-05) 5 October 1954 (age 62)
Political party ACT
Spouse(s) Alistair Broad
Children three
Residence Dunedin
Profession Lawyer

Hilary Calvert [1] is a lawyer and a former member of the New Zealand parliament for the ACT Party. Following the resignation of ACT MP David Garrett in September 2010, she assumed a position in the House of Representatives as the next MP on ACT's list.[2] In 2013 she was elected to the Dunedin City Council, after a failed campaign for mayor.[3]

Early years[edit]

Before entering Parliament, Calvert was a Dunedin-based lawyer who specialising in property law.[4] She is a former member of the Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust.[5]

Calvert is married to Alistair Broad and has three adult daughters.[6]

Both Calvert and Broad are trained lawyers, but have given up their practising certificates. Calvert now manages her property portfolio.[6]

Political career[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2010–2011 49th List 6 ACT

In the 2008 general election she was placed number six on the ACT party list and stood in the Dunedin North electorate where she got 1.8% of the votes.[7]

David Garrett resigned as an ACT list MP over a passport controversy on 17 September 2010.[8] Garrett then resigned from Parliament on 23 September 2010 and Calvert was declared elected to the House of Representatives the next day.[2][9] While an MP, she served on several committees and was the ACT Party Whip.[10]

Calvert did not appear on the party list released for the 2011 general election.

She challenged incumbent Dave Cull for the Dunedin mayoralty in the 2013 local body elections and also sought a seat on the Dunedin City Council.[11] She contested these elections as an independent, unsure whether or not she was still a member of ACT.[12] While Calvert had no previous local government experience, she finished second to Cull in the mayoral election and was elected to Council with the highest amount of first-preference votes.[12][13]

Personal policies[edit]

Calvert does not agree with attempts to ban farming chickens in cages, saying "We care about people ahead of silly little chickens."[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cheng, Derek (24 September 2010). "Dark forces at work in Act Party, says Garrett". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 24 September 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Disgraced NZ MP quits politics". The Sydney Morning Herald. 23 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Morris, Chris (14 October 2013). "Cull sees challenge ahead". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Hilary Calvert". Politics.org.nz. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "The Otago Central Rail Trail Charitable Trust". Otago Central Rail Trail. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Mackenzie, Dene (23 September 2010). "Dunedin MPs: Calvert expected to make it six". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 25 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Heather Roy's Diary". Scoop. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "David Garrett resigns after passport revelations". ONE News. Television New Zealand. 17 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010. 
  9. ^ New list MP for ACT Party elections.org.nz, 24 September 2010
  10. ^ "Hilary Calvert". New Zealand Parliament. 26 November 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Morris, Chris (19 July 2013). "Calvert confirms bid for mayoralty". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 31 August 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Morris, Chris (14 September 2013). "Mayoral Profile: Hilary Calvert". Otago Daily Times. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dunedin City Council : 2013 Triennial Elections" (PDF). Dunedin City Council. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  14. ^ "SAFE outraged at Act MP's 'silly little chicken's' comments". Television New Zealand. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2011.