|14th Mayor of Rotorua|
Assumed office |
12 October 2013
|Preceded by||Kevin Winters|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
1999 – 2008
|Preceded by||Max Bradford|
|Succeeded by||Todd McClay|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament|
for Labour Party list
2008 – 2011
15 December 1948|
|Committees||Officers of Parliament Committee|
Stephanie "Steve" Anne Chadwick (née Frizzell, born 15 December 1948) is a New Zealand politician. She became the Mayor of Rotorua after her election victory in the 2013 local body elections. She previously held the positions of Minister of Conservation, Women's Affairs, and Associate Health in the Fifth Labour Government of New Zealand.
Born Stephanie Frizzell in Hastings, New Zealand, Chadwick is the sister of painter Dick Frizzell. She attended Karamu High School, then did nursing training in Wellington. She married lawyer John Te Manihera Chadwick in 1968. After holding many roles in the health sector, including a term from 1976 to 1986 as union representative for the New Zealand Nurses Association, Chadwick was elected to the Rotorua District Council in 1996.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
In the 1999 election, Chadwick stood as the Labour Party candidate for the Rotorua seat, and defeated incumbent National Party MP Max Bradford. At the 2005 election she was narrowly returned to Parliament by 662 or 2.2% more votes than her opponent.
In 2006, Chadwick's Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal (Easter Trading) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot. The bill passed its first reading and was sent to select committee, but was narrowly defeated at the second reading, 64 to 57.
In 2007, she was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Conservation and Women's Affairs, as well as becoming an Associate Minister of Health.
In the 2008 general election, Chadwick lost her seat to National's Todd McClay, whose margin was over 5000. Chadwick's loss was predicted by some commentators due to boundary changes which incorporated more rural areas into the electorate. However, due to Chadwick's list place of 30 she was able to return to parliament.
As a cabinet minister, Chadwick was entitled to the title of The Honourable and became The Hon. Mrs Stephanie (Steve) Chadwick which is a title she was granted for the rest of her life after leaving parliament.
Mayor of Rotorua
Chadwick announced in 2013 that she would be running for Mayor of Rotorua in the local elections of that year, challenging sitting mayor Kevin Winters. Chadwick defeated Winters and three other candidates, receiving more than 11,000 votes of a total 19,596 votes cast.
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|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Rotorua
| Succeeded by|
|Mayor of Rotorua
2013 – present