Midwife elected to NZ Parliament in Labour Landslide
A midwifery lecturer has been elected for Labour in a safe conservative seat following Jacinda Ardern’s landslide victory in New Zealand.
Sarah Pallett has been elected to the Christchurch-based seat of Ilam, defeating National Party deputy leader Gerry Brownlee in a surprise victory.
Pallett was a midwifery and union activist at Ara Institute of Canterbury prior to her election. She had also worked as a rural midwife and at the Christchurch Women’s Hospital for ten years.
Brownlee had held the seat since 1996, and entered the race with a 25% advantage over his Labour counterpart from the 2017 election.
In finding out the result, Pallett said she was “so excited [and] absolutely blown away”.
“I think it shows that Ilam was ready for a new MP,” she said.
“Working in healthcare, I am uniquely placed to understand the opportunities and challenges in the area”.