Marie Hasler

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Marie Bernadine Hasler (born 1948) is a former New Zealand politician. She was a member of Parliament for the National Party from 1990 to 1993, and then again from 1996 to 2002.

Early life[edit]

Hasler was born in Dublin, Ireland. She came to New Zealand while young, and was educated at Auckland University. Before entering politics, she was employed in public relations, and also worked in the civil service.

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
1990–1993 43rd Titirangi National
1996–1999 45th Waitakere 27 National
1999–2002 46th List 24 National

Hasler was first elected to Parliament in the 1990 election as MP for Titirangi,[1] but was defeated in the 1993 election by Labour's Suzanne Sinclair. In 1993, Hasler was awarded the New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal.[2] In the 1996 election, she returned to Parliament as MP for Waitakere when she in turn beat Sinclair.[3]

In the 1999 election, however, she was defeated by Labour's David Cunliffe in Titirangi,[4] although she remained in Parliament as a list MP. In the 2002 election, Hasler was only ranked thirty-second on National's party list, and as she did not manage to win back Waitakere, she left Parliament.

Political views[edit]

In 1998, as Minister of Cultural Affairs,[6] Hasler called for a debate on whether the New Zealand flag should change.[7] Hasler said at the time that for some years she believed New Zealand's existing flag no longer caught the essence of contemporary New Zealand. She also argued that the flag is indistinguishable from the Australian flag, and that it reflects New Zealand's former colonial status. The then-Prime Minister, Jenny Shipley, supported Hasler's view that a new flag for New Zealand could be the Silver fern flag.

Later years[edit]

Hasler unsuccessfully stood as a Citizens & Ratepayers candidate on the Waitakere Ward of the Auckland Council in the 2010 Local government elections.[8][9]

Public relations manager[edit]

Hasler joined the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) after a 12-year political career as Member of Parliament for Waitakere, and Minister of the Crown.

She has been with EMA since 2004, first as a learning contractor, before joining the membership team for a couple of years, followed by her appointment as Public Relations Manager.[10]

Her role includes generating public awareness of EMA's role and activities within the business and wider community and promoting EMA's extensive range of services to members; providing PR support to EMA business units; public speaking engagements; liaison with media, and facilitating opportunities for lawmakers to hear the concerns of EMA members through forums, seminars and business events.


  1. ^ Forbes, Stephen (30 March 2012). "Man of Integrity and Vision". Western Leader. p. 3.
  2. ^ "The New Zealand Suffrage Centennial Medal 1993 – register of recipients". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  3. ^ "Waitakere 55" (PDF). Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  4. ^ "Titirangi 52". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  5. ^ Hon Marie Hasler (14 April 1999). "The Flag, Patriotism And The RSA". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  6. ^ " – Latest News From the Beehive". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  7. ^ " – Latest News From the Beehive". Retrieved 13 June 2015.
  8. ^ Orsman, Bernard (7 July 2010). "Ex-National MPs deluging Citizens & Ratepayers card". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
  9. ^ "2010 Election Results" (Press release). Auckland Transition Agency/Auckland Council. October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2010. Retrieved 17 October 2010.
  10. ^ Movers & Shakers, The New Zealand Herald, 22 August 2006

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New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ralph Maxwell
Member of Parliament for Titirangi
Succeeded by
Suzanne Sinclair