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Helen White

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
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Helen Ione White is a New Zealand politician. She is a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.


Early life and career[edit]

White grew up in Freemans Bay, Auckland and became a barrister, specialising in employment law. She lives in Auckland and has three children.[1]

Early in her legal career, White worked with the EPMU Union for a period alongside future Labour leader Andrew Little.[2]

Member of parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2019–present 52nd List 40 Labour

In 2009 White attempted to gain the Labour nomination in the Mount Albert by-election to replace former Prime Minister Helen Clark, but lost to David Shearer.[3] Eight years later in February 2017, White won the Labour Party nomination to stand in Auckland Central at the general election in 2017, gaining preference over other contestant Shanan Halbert.[1] White was ranked 40 on Labour's party list.[4]

White did not win the Auckland Central seat, but was later allocated as seat in Parliament via Labour's Party list following the resignation of sitting MP XXXXXX.


  1. ^ a b "Helen White Labour's 2017 candidate for Auckland Central" (Press release). New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  2. ^ Elliot, John. "Impressive new Labour candidate for Auckland Central". Ponsonby News. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
  3. ^ Young, Audrey (27 April 2009). "Goff thinks fresh face has winning edge". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Nikki Kaye
Member of Parliament for Auckland Central

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