Nicky Wagner

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The Honourable
Nicky Wagner
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Wagner campaigning against the Electoral Finance Bill, in Christchurch, 28 November 2007.
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Christchurch Central
Assumed office
26 November 2011
Preceded by Brendon Burns
Personal details
Born 23 July 1953
Nationality New Zealand
Political party National
Spouse(s) David
Children two sons
Occupation Business
Profession Teacher
Website Nicky Wagner

Nicola Joanne "Nicky" Wagner (born 23 July 1953) is a New Zealand politician, who holds the Christchurch Central electorate seat for the New Zealand National Party in the New Zealand Parliament.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Christchurch, Wagner received a teaching degree from Christchurch College of Education, a BA from Canterbury University, and an MBA from Massey University. After working for a time as a teacher, she entered the business world, and established a successful fashion marketing company and later an internet marketing business. She was an internet pioneer establishing firstly FashioNZ a website to support the New Zealand fashion industry and GardenNZ for the gardening industry.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2005–2008 48th List 28 National
2008–2011 49th List 43 National
2011–2014 50th Christchurch Central 42 National
2014–present 51st Christchurch Central 25 National

In 2003 Wagner was elected to the Canterbury Regional Council, and was a councillor until 2007.

She contested the Christchurch Central electorate for the National Party in the 2005 general elections. While Wagner did not win the electorate, her high list placing (28th, the third highest placing for a newcomer behind Tim Groser and Chris Finlayson) ensured her election to Parliament. Prior to her election, Wagner had endorsed the NZ Trust's campaign for a referendum on New Zealand's flag, stating "Our flag should celebrate our nation's identity and our special foot-print on this earth. We will always respect and cherish our links with the past that are represented in our present flag but a young country needs to create a strong vision for its future."[1] In her first term in Parliament she sat on the Justice and Electoral select committee and later the Local Government and Environment Committee.[2]

Recontesting Christchurch Central in the 2008 general election, Wagner drastically cut Labour's majority in both the electorate and the party vote, reducing the candidate majority from 7,836 to 936. She remained in Parliament, having been re-elected through the National Party list.

She contested Christchurch Central for the third time in the 2011 general election and won the seat off Labour with a 47-vote majority, after special votes broke an exact tie between her and incumbent MP Brendon Burns on election night. This marked the first time National had ever held the Christchurch Central electorate since its creation in 1946.

Wagner was the Chair of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee and sat on the Maori Affairs Select Committee. She also chaired the BlueGreens Caucus Committee and the Arts, Culture and Heritage Caucus Committee.[2] In 2013 she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Gerry Brownlee and Nick Smith in the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery and Environment portfolios, respectively.[3]

The boundaries of the Christchurch Central electorate have been redrawn for the 2014 election. When the draft boundaries were published for consultation, Wagner declared the electorate as more Labour focussed and "unwinnable" due to the proposed loss of more affluent suburbs. When the final boundaries were released in April 2014, Wagner vowed to stand again and fight for re-election.[4] Despite her earlier statement, Wagner won the seat with a majority of 2420 at the September 20th 2014 General Election.

In September 2014, Wagner defended employing Simon Lusk, a controversial political strategist mentioned in Dirty Politics, claiming New Zealand's grassroots campaigning is "very much amateurish".[5]

On 8 October 2014, Wagner was appointed a Minister outside of Cabinet, holding the portfolios of Customs, Disability Issues, Associate Canterbury Earthquake Recovery, and Associate Conservation. She is ranked 23 on the party list.


  1. ^ "NZ - Endorsements". Retrieved 9 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Current MPs - Nicky Wagner". Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Parliamentary Private Secretaries appointed". 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Young, Rachel (19 April 2014). "Wagner vows to fight for 'unwinnable' electorate". The Press. p. A7. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hard work, not adviser, 'won seat' for Nicky Wagner". The Press. 8 September 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 

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