Iain Lees-Galloway

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Iain Lees-Galloway
Iain Lees Galloway.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Palmerston North
Assumed office
8 November 2008
Preceded by Steve Maharey
Majority 1,117 (2008)
3,285 (2011)
2,212 (2014)
Personal details
Born (1978-09-18) 18 September 1978 (age 38)
Auckland, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Residence Palmerston North, New Zealand
Profession Union official, New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Website iainleesgalloway.co.nz

Iain Francis Lees-Galloway (born 18 September 1978), initially Iain Galloway, is a politician from New Zealand. Since the 2008 general election, he has represented the Palmerston North electorate in Parliament for the Labour Party, succeeding Steve Maharey.

Early life[edit]

Lees-Galloway was born on 18 September 1978[1] in Auckland, where he attended Kings College. He moved to Palmerston North to study at Massey University where he was president of the Massey University Students' Association in 2005. His parents, who are beef farmers, are firm National Party supporters.[2]

Professional life[edit]

Following his term as student president, Lees-Galloway worked for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation as an organiser and subsequently publicity coordinator.[2]

Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008–2011 49th Palmerston North 48 Labour
2011–2014 50th Palmerston North 37 Labour
2014–present 51st Palmerston North 24 Labour
Lees-Galloway leading a protest march

Lees-Galloway joined the Labour Party in 2005 and became chairman of the Palmerston North branch in the following year.[2] He was selected as successor to retiring MP Steve Maharey, who became Vice Chancellor of Massey University, in a contested Labour Party selection for the 2008 election.[2] He defeated the National Party candidate, Malcolm Plimmer, with a majority of 1,117 votes. Lees-Galloway was Labour's spokesperson on land information and defence, and associate spokesperson on transport and health. Prior to that, he was associate spokesperson on health (drugs and alcohol) and defence.[1]

In September 2010, his Smoke-free Environments (Removing Tobacco Displays) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[3][4] As of October 2011, the bill is still awaiting its first reading.[5]

Lees-Galloway was confirmed in the 2011 election with a majority increased from 1,117 in 2008 to 3,285 in the latest election.[6][7] Currently he is the Labour Party's junior whip, spokesperson for ACC and associate health spokesperson.

In the 2014 election, Lees-Galloway was challenged by the Mayor of Palmerston North, Jono Naylor, but remained successful.[8] Lees-Galloway had a majority of 2,212 votes over Naylor.[9]

He also hosts a show on his local community radio station, Access Manawatu.[10]

Private life[edit]

Lees-Galloway is married with children.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Iain Lees-Galloway". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Dykes, Mervyn (29 April 2009). "Man about the House". Manawatu Standard. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Smoke-free Environments (Removing Tobacco Displays) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  4. ^ "House to debate banning tobacco displays in stores". New Zealand Herald. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Progress of Legislation" (PDF). New Zealand Parliament. p. 30. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "Official Count Results -- Palmerston North". Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Official Count Results -- Palmerston North". Chief Electoral Officer. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Lees-Galloway returned as MP". Manawatu Standard. 20 September 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Official Count Results -- Palmerston North". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Issues and current affiars". Association of Community Access Broadcasters. Retrieved 11 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Steve Maharey
Member of Parliament for Palmerston North