NATIONAL (15 new MPs):
Shane Reti (Whangarei): A doctor, Reti continues National’s stronghold in Whangarei following Phil Heatley’s retirement. He was awarded the QSM for public service in the 2006 New Year’s Honours.
Matt Doocey (Waimakariri): After a long career in healthcare management, Doocey is now in Parliament. A St Bede’s old boy, he stood and lost in the Christchurch East by-election last year.
Todd Muller (Bay of Plenty): Muller, 45, has achieved his dream of being a politician, a goal he’s had since being a “little fella” at Te Puna School. The Waikato University councillor also sits on on the boards of Plant and Food Research, and the Sustainable Business Council.
Todd Barclay (Clutha-Southland): The youngest National MP in decades, Barclay, 24, replaces Finance Minister Bill English. At 18, Barclay interned in English’s office, then in the offices of the prime minister, Gerry Brownlee and Hekia Parata. He later worked at Philip Morris, one of the largest tobacco companies.
Andrew Bayly (Hunua): After completing three Coast-to-Coast endurance events, climbing Mt Aspiring and Mt Cook, and sledding to the South Pole, he is set to begin a new adventure. He has worked as an accountant, banker, and is now a farmer.
Sarah Dowie (Invercargill): Lawyer and daughter of two police officers, Dowie is sure to keep Invercargill in line.
Stuart Smith (Kaikoura): The Marlborough grape grower wants to improve water quality in the region. He replaced three-term MP Colin King as National’s candidate this year, and was elected with an 11,510 majority.
Barbara Kuriger (Taranaki-King Country): Kuriger will fill incumbent Shane Ardern’s gumboots as he retires after 16 years in politics. She is on a number of boards in the farming industry, and was awarded the inaugural Dairy Woman of the Year.
Alastair Scott (Wairarapa): The successful businessman replaces John Hayes, who retired. He’s had a career as an international stock broker, before owning his own companies, including Wairarapa’s Matahiwi Estate winery.
Brett Hudson (List): A Wellingtonian with an interest in using technology to grow businesses. He lives in Karori with his partner and has three teenage daughters.
Parmjeet Parmar (List): The mother-of-two has been the operations director of her family’s confectionery company. She has a PhD in Biological Sciences and is chairwoman of the New Zealand Sikh Women’s Association, having immigrated from India in 1995.
Nuk Korako (List): The tourism consultant is of Ngai Tahu descent and is on the iwi board. Married with four sons.
Jono Naylor (List): Palmerston North’s mayor, he has 13 years’ involvement in local body politics. Born in Upper Hutt, he has three children with wife Karen.
Maureen Pugh (List): The born-and-bred West Coaster was the Westland District mayor. She lives on a dry stock farm in Kumara with her husband. They have three adult children and six grandchildren.
Chris Bishop (List): The former Young Wellingtonian of the Year has been a ministerial adviser to Gerry Brownlee and Steven Joyce. He has been admitted to the bar as a barrister and solicitor, and is a award-winning debater. He lives in Petone with his partner Jenna.
LABOUR (6 new MPs)
Carmel Sepuloni (Kelston): She was New Zealand’s first MP of Tongan descent in 2008 when getting in off Labour’s List. She’s focused on improving educational and health outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable groups.
Peeni Henare (Tamaki Makaurau): Having grown up in a family steeped in Maori and politics, Henare is the son of Maori language commissioner Erima Henare, grandson of the late Sir James Henare, a Maori Battalion commanding officer during World War 2, and great-grandson of politician Taurekareka Henare (1878-1940).
Stuart Nash (Napier): From the same family as former Prime Minister Sir Walter Nash, he is returning to Parliament after a three-year break. He is executive director at the AUT University South Campus in Manukau.
Jenny Salesa (Manukau East): Has 20 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors as a lawyer, health specialist, and analyst. She is Parliament’s first Tongan-speaking MP.
Adrian Rurawhe (Te Tai Hauauru): The third-generation railway worker has lived most of his life in Te Tai Hauauru. After being made redundant in 1991, he started learning te reo Maori and gained a position with his iwi, Ngati Apa.
Kelvin Davis (Te Tai Tokerau): First elected to Parliament in 2008 off the party list, lost out in 2011 but now he’s back with an electorate, having prised the north from the grasp of Mana Party leader Hone Harawira.
GREENS (1 new MP)
James Shaw (List): Raised by a solo mother, Shaw had his political awakening as a 12-year-old over the bombing of the Rainbow Warrior. The former Wellington High School student is married and lives in Wellington.
ACT (1 new MP)
David Seymour (Epsom): Seymour, 30, has won ACT’s only electorate seat after beating former deputy leader John Boscawen’s challenge to be candidate. He has worked as an electrical engineer, an analyst for public policy think-tanks in Canada, and as former leader John Banks’ ministerial adviser.
NZ FIRST (6 new MPs)
Fletcher Tabuteau (List): Has been a NZ First member since it launched 21 years ago. It was his fourth time standing in Rotorua. He lectures in economics and marketing at Waiariki Institute of Technology.
Clayton Mitchell (List): The Tauranga city councillor said in July he would not resign from local body politics if elected to Parliament. He lives in Mt Maunganui and is married with three children. He is a lifeguard and judo instructor.
Pita Paraone (List): The Waitangi Trust chairman was in Parliament from 2002 until 2008. He is North Island party vice-president and spokesperson for Maori affairs.
Ron Mark (List): The Carterton mayor has served four terms in Parliament. He was a junior whip in the National/NZ First government.
Darroch Ball (List): The Palmerston North-based teacher is the party vice-president for the South Island.
Mahesh Bindra (List): Born and raised in Mumbai, former army officer Bindra was NZ First’s first Mt Roskill candidate. He is an advocate of “one law for all”, public safety and high-quality education.
MAORI PARTY (1 new MP)
Marama Fox (List): A mother of nine, the Ministry of Education adviser and former principal is a staunch advocate of Whanau Ora.