President: Maryan Street
Maryan Street was born and raised in New Plymouth.
She has a BA (Hons) in English from Victoria University of Wellington and a Master of Philosophy with First Class Honours in Industrial Relations from Auckland University.
She was the President of the New Zealand Labour Party from 1993-95.
Before becoming a Member of Parliament in 2005, Maryan was a teacher, a union official, an academic and an industrial relations practitioner.
She was Minister of Housing, and ACC, and Associate Minister of Tertiary Education and Economic Development in the third term of the fifth Labour Government. In Opposition, she had a range of portfolios including Foreign Affairs, Trade, Health, Treaty Negotiations, Environment, State Services, Disarmament and Arms Control, Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights.
Maryan also promoted her End of Life Choice Bill, developed and put into the Parliamentary ballot in the first half of 2012 but never drawn in advance of election year 2014. She has spent the last 4 years debating end of life choice issues up and down the country, even after leaving Parliament in 2014.
She is an avid reader of crime novels, loves cooking and gardening, and listens to a wide range of music. She plays clarinet and guitar and doesn’t sing so much these days!
She joined KiwiRail as their Employee Relations Manager in April 2015.