Ria Bond

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Ria Bond
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First party list
In office
28 April 2015 – 23 September 2017
Preceded byWinston Peters
Personal details
Ria Iris Daphne Shortland

1976 (age 42–43)
Palmerston North, New Zealand
RelationsJames Henare (great-uncle)

Ria Iris Daphne Bond (née Shortland, born 1976) is a New Zealand politician and former hairdresser. She was appointed to the House of Representatives as a New Zealand First list MP following Winston Peters winning the March 2015 Northland by-election.

Early life and family[edit]

Born in Palmerston North[1] in 1976, Bond attended Highbury Primary School (now known as Somerset Crescent School) and Queen Elizabeth College. She has two children; her daughter started high school in 2015 and a son who started a degree at the University of Otago in 2015.[2] Of Ngāti Hine and Ngāpuhi descent, Bond is the great-niece of Sir James Henare.[3]

Hairdressing and national boards[edit]

Bond was a hairdresser in Invercargill and served as president of the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers, representing 8,000 owners and operators (2006–2012).[4][5][6][7] She also had a dual role as a director on the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation, which included being a New Zealand Qualifications Authority governance and advisory panel member.[7]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2015–2017 51st List 12 NZ First

Bond joined New Zealand First in 2011 and was elected to the party's national board in 2012.[8] She left her hairdressing salon in August 2014, just prior to the 2014 election, when she stood in the Invercargill electorate;[9] this was her first election contest.[10] She placed third in that election and was 12th on the party's list, with New Zealand First winning 11 list seats.[11] Following the election, Bond moved to Wainuiomata, working at Parliament as an executive assistant to MPs Richard Prosser and Mahesh Bindra.[9]

When Peters won the Northland by-election on 28 March 2015 and became an electorate MP, Bond was next in line and became a list MP for her party.[9] Bond was sworn in on 28 April 2015.[12] On 6 May 2015, Bond became a member of the Commerce Select Committee.[7]

She left Parliament after the 2017 election, as New Zealand First did not receive enough votes for her to make it back into Parliament.[13]

On 15 April 2019, Bond announced her candidacy for the 2019 Invercargill mayoral election.[14]


  1. ^ "The name's Bond, Ria Bond". 2 April 2016.
  2. ^ McLeod, Hannah (22 September 2014). "Bond celebrates despite defeat". The Southland Times. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Ria Bond to be the new list MP for New Zealand First". Māori Television News. 22 April 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  4. ^ Jones, Nicholas (23 May 2011). "Hair horror as salon visit goes bad". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Article detail". Imagesmagazine.co.nz. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Contact - New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers". Web.archive.org. 14 October 2008. Archived from the original on 14 October 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Samuela, Jordan (20 May 2015). "Ria Bond". Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  8. ^ McLeod, Hannah (22 June 2012). "Bond joins national board of NZ First". The Southland Times. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  9. ^ a b c Trevett, Claire (21 March 2015). "Hairdresser next in line to cut a dash in Parliament if Peters wins". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  10. ^ Berwick, Louise; McDougall, Nicci; McLeod, Hannah (20 September 2014). "Soper won't stand again as Dowie wins city vote". The Southland Times. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  11. ^ Railton, Bridget (27 August 2014). "Invercargill woman on NZ First list". The Southland Times. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  12. ^ "Ria Bond sworn in at Parliament". 3 News. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Ria Bond to leave Parliament following election results". Stuff.co.nz.
  14. ^ "Ria Bond joins Invercargill mayoralty race". 15 April 2019.