Ginny Andersen

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Ginny Andersen
Virginia Andersen.jpg
Andersen speaking in 2017
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Vice-President of the New Zealand Labour Party
In office
PresidentNigel Haworth
Preceded byRobert Gallagher
Succeeded byBeth Houston
Personal details
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Geoff Gwyn
RelationsBill Andersen (great-uncle)
Alma materUniversity of Canterbury
WebsiteLabour Party profile

Virginia Ruby Andersen[1][2][3] is a New Zealand politician and Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.

Personal life[edit]

Andersen lives in Belmont, Lower Hutt[4] and worked for the New Zealand Police as a policy unit manager from 2006 to 2017.[1] Her great-uncle was Bill Andersen, a noted activist and trade union leader.[5] Prior to working for the Police, Andersen worked at the Office of Treaty Settlements and was also a private secretary and senior political adviser in Parliament to several Labour MPs including Trevor Mallard, David Cunliffe, Mark Burton, and Margaret Wilson.[6]

Political career[edit]

Andersen stood in the electorate of Ōhāriu at the 2014 election, and was only narrowly defeated by the long-standing incumbent, Peter Dunne of United Future by a margin of just 610 votes (1.91%).[7][1] She previously served as the Labour Party's Vice-President from 2015 to 2017 when she stood down in order to focus on her parliamentary candidacy.[1]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd List 28 Labour

In October 2016, Andersen was selected as Labour's candidate for the electorate of Hutt South for the 2017 election against Hutt City Councillor Campbell Barry and list candidate Sarah Packer.[1] She replaced long-serving member of parliament Trevor Mallard, who had, in July of that year, signalled his intention to serve as a list-only candidate for the election with the intention of becoming Speaker of the House, as the candidate for the electorate.[3][1][2][8] In the last election Mallard had won Hutt South by only 709 votes (1.83%) over National's candidate, Chris Bishop, probably due to boundary changes and Holly Walker's candidacy for the Green Party which drew away some support.[9] Andersen was ranked 28 on Labour's party list, an increase of 9 from 2014.[10] Andersen did not win the electorate, but entered parliament via the Party list.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Labour selects former Ohariu candidate Virginia Andersen to run in Hutt South electorate". 31 October 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  2. ^ a b "2017 Candidates". New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Ginny Andersen". New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  4. ^ Upper Hutt Leader, 2 Aug 2017
  5. ^ Smith, Mike (11 May 2014). "Ginny Andersen a rising star electorate". The Standard. Retrieved 14 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Labour announces Ohariu candidate". Radio New Zealand. 20 February 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Count Results – Ōhāriu". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  8. ^ Boyack, Nicholas (25 July 2016). "Labour MP Trevor Mallard vacates Hutt South electorate to apply for Speaker position". Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Official Count Results – Hutt South". Electoral Commission. 10 October 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Robert Gallagher
Vice-President of the New Zealand Labour Party
Succeeded by
Beth Houston