Steve Chadwick

The Honourable
Steve Chadwick
14th Mayor of Rotorua
Assumed office
12 October 2013
Preceded by Kevin Winters
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Rotorua
In office
1999  2008
Preceded by Max Bradford
Succeeded by Todd McClay
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party list
In office
2008  2011
Personal details
Born (1948-12-15) 15 December 1948
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party Labour
Committees Officers of Parliament Committee

Stephanie "Steve" Anne Chadwick[1] (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.

Early life

Born Stephanie Frizzell in Hastings, New Zealand, Chadwick is the sister of painter Dick Frizzell.[2] She attended Karamu High School, then did nursing training in Wellington. She married lawyer John Te Manihera Chadwick in 1968.[3] 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
Years Term Electorate List Party
19992002 46th Rotorua 43 Labour
20022005 47th Rotorua 34 Labour
20052008 48th Rotorua 33 Labour
20082011 49th List 30 Labour

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.[4]

In 2006, Chadwick's Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal (Easter Trading) Amendment Bill was drawn from the member's ballot.[5] The bill passed its first reading and was sent to select committee, but was narrowly defeated at the second reading, 64 to 57.[6]

In 2007, she was appointed to Cabinet as Minister of Conservation and Women's Affairs,[7] as well as becoming an Associate Minister of Health.[8]

In the 2008 general election, Chadwick lost her seat to National's Todd McClay, whose margin was over 5000.[9] Chadwick's loss was predicted by some commentators due to boundary changes which incorporated more rural areas into the electorate.[10] However, due to Chadwick's list place of 30 she was able to return to parliament.

In 2010, Chadwick attempted to introduce a bill to Parliament to partially liberalise abortion law. This bill was defeated at the caucus stage and was not brought before Parliament.[11]

Chadwick failed to regain her seat in the 2011 election, losing to Todd McClay by a margin of more than 7,000 votes.[12] On 27 November 2011 she announced that she would be retiring from politics.[13]

As a cabinet minister, Chadwick was entitled to the title of The Honourable and became The Hon. Mrs Stephanie (Steve) Chadwick[14] which is a title she was granted for the rest of her life[15] 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.[16]


  1. "New Zealand Hansard - Members Sworn, Volume:651; Page:2". New Zealand Parliament.
  2. "Politicians 2009" (PDF). The New Zealand Society of Authors. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  3. "Decriminalisation". Abortion Law Reform Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 12 October 2011.
  4. Official Count Results - Rotorua
  5. "Shop Trading Hours Act Repeal (Easter Trading) Amendment Bill". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 2009-12-03.
  6. New Zealand Parliamentary Debates 639 9308.
  7. "Appointment of Ministers". The New Zealand Gazette. The Department of Internal Affairs (7706): 3154. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  8. "Mallard demoted, Burton out". The Dominion Post. 31 October 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  9. Rotorua results 2008.
  10. Young, Audrey (4 May 2007). "Boundary changes reflect population shift". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  11. Johnston, Martin (3 July 2010). "MP's bill aims for abortion on demand". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  12. "Election Results -- Rotorua". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  13. Matthew Martin (2011-11-27). "Election 2011: Rotorua's Chadwick resigns". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2011-11-27.
  14. "Members of Executive Council Appointed". The New Zealand Gazette. The Department of Internal Affairs (7707): 3154. 8 November 2007. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  15. "Retention of the Title "The Honourable"". The New Zealand Gazette (9578): 5156. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
  16. "Rotorua District Mayor". Retrieved 24 August 2014.

Further reading

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Max Bradford
Member of Parliament for Rotorua
Succeeded by
Todd McClay
Political offices
Preceded by
Kevin Winters
Mayor of Rotorua
2013 – present
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