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Ngaire Button

Ngaire Button

Māori Party candidate for
Te Tai Tonga

Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou

Ngaire Button was Christchurch Deputy Mayor 2010-13; during which time she was also a Director of the Canterbury Development Corporation; VBase; and Civic Building Ltd. Prior to that she was a Director of Partnership Health PHO, a public health organisation focused on healthcare for all.

Ngaire is a mother of six children and has been married for 23 years. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to the community, from school board of trustees; to the Neighbourhood Trust, and church ministry.
Ngaire has been a small business owner for eighteen years; helping grow small business into multi million-dollar per annum turnover.

Ngaire reflects on her life as having been a phenomenal journey of discovery – from having raised her first two children as a very young single mum on the domestic purposes benefit; through to now navigating between government and non-government organisations to bridge the gap of communication that so often acts as a barrier. Her commitment to familiarise herself within her own whakapapa has given her a unique insight into the issues around cultural competency – a mainstay of Māori Party policy.

Ngaire had particular responsibilities in her role as a Councillor for social housing, long term planning, disaster recovery research and strategy development. She was also Chair of the Safer Christchurch Network.

“Ngaire is a person with firmly established principles which combine practicality with a caring social conscience. She will not sacrifice these principles for political advantage and is thus a highly reliable, honest and trustworthy person to work with” – Rex Gibson, Manager, Te Whare Tāwāhi, Christchurch Migrants Centre