Tracey Martin

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The Honourable
Tracey Martin
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35th Minister of Internal Affairs
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Winston Peters (Acting)
Preceded by Peter Dunne
2nd Minister for Children
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Winston Peters (Acting)
Preceded by Anne Tolley
Minister for Seniors
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Winston Peters (Acting)
Preceded by Maggie Barry
3rd Deputy Leader of New Zealand First
In office
Leader Winston Peters
Preceded by Peter Brown
Succeeded by Ron Mark
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for New Zealand First party list
Assumed office
26 November 2011
Personal details
Nationality New Zealander
Political party New Zealand First
Website NZ First profile

Tracey Anne Martin is a New Zealand politician and a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. She is a member of the New Zealand First Party and served as Deputy Leader from 2011 to 2015.

Prior to entering Parliament

Before entering Parliament Martin was very active in her community, spending a significant amount of time on parent based fundraising and volunteer committees for Mahurangi Kindergarten, Warkworth Primary School and Mahurangi College.

In her own time, outside of Parliament, Martin served as the Chair of the Board of Trustees at Mahurangi College for over a decade before resigning when she became the Associate Minister for Education in 2018.[1]

She has also been a Credit Controller and a stay at home mother to her three children.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th List 2 NZ First
2014–2017 51st List 2 NZ First
2017–present 52nd List 3 NZ First

Martin successfully stood for the Rodney Local Board during the 2010 Auckland Council elections.[2]

She has been involved with New Zealand First since the party started in 1993, and has been a member of its board of directors since 2008. She assisted with the organisation of the 2008 election campaign and joined Winston Peters on the campaign trail. [3] She was elected to parliament during the 2011 elections and appointed as deputy leader of New Zealand First.[4] She was first elected to Parliament as a New Zealand First list MP based in Warkworth, in 2011.

In 2013, Martin voted against the Marriage Amendment Bill, which aims to permit same sex marriage in New Zealand, with all of her fellow New Zealand First MPs.[5]

On 3 July 2015 it was announced that Martin had been replaced as deputy leader following a caucus vote and replaced by Ron Mark.[6]

In 2015 Martin sponsored the Social Security (Clothing Allowances for Orphans and Unsupported Children) Amendment Bill[7] The bill gave unsupported child or orphan clothing allowance parity with foster children.[8] She has also been a strong advocate for the expansion of this allowance so that it can be accessed by kin carers.[9]

During the 2017 election, Martin was re-elected on the New Zealand First party list.[10] NZ First won 7.2 percent of the vote and nine seats.[11]

Following the formation of a Labour-NZ First-Greens coalition government, Martin was as appointed Minister for Children, Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Seniors, and Associate Minister of Education.[12]

In late October, Martin indicated that NZ First had dropped its demand for a referendum on overturning New Zealand's anti-smacking ban in return for forming a coalition with Labour.[13]

Martin has been NZ First spokesperson for broadcasting, communications and IT, education and women's affairs.[14]

Personal life

Martin and her husband Ben have three children.[15] Her husband is a winemaker[16]

In interviews Martin has stated that her mother and uncle were abandoned at age 2 and taken into care by their neighbours before being taken into care by their grandmother.[17]

Martin has described her mother the kiwi that she most admires as a brave woman who has not been afraid to stand up for her belief and opinions.[18]

Martin's Grandfather was a Guard at the Featherston Military Training Camp during the Featherston Incident in 1943.[19] His gun was taken by another member of staff who shot an interpreter at the camp by the name of Adachi. This incident started a riot in which 48 Japanese Prisoners of War and one New Zealand Guard died. [20]


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  2. ^ Auckland Council. "Rodney Local Board". Local Boards. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
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  4. ^ 'Big boys' trying to keep me out - Peters New Zealand Herald, 24 November 2011
  5. ^ "Marriage equality bill: How MPs voted". The New Zealand Herald. 29 August 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 
  6. ^ Jones, Nicholas (3 July 2015). "Ron Mark new NZ First deputy leader". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
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  10. ^ "2017 General Election - Successful candidates". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  11. ^ "2017 General Election - Overall Result". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Hon Tracey Martin". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
  13. ^ Cheng, Derek (30 October 2017). "Anti-smacking referendum dropped during coalition negotiations". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 1 November 2017. 
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  15. ^ Mahurangi College. "Tracey Martin". Mahurangi College News and Events. Archived from the original on 25 January 2015. Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
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External links

  • Profile on NZ First website
  • Tracey Martin on Twitter
  • Tracey Martin on Facebook
Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Dunne
Minister of Internal Affairs
Party political offices
Preceded by
Peter Brown
Deputy leader of New Zealand First
Succeeded by
Ron Mark
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