National selects Joseph Mooney for Southland

Today the National Party has selected Joseph Mooney to stand in the Southland electorate for the 2020 General Election.

Joseph Mooney is a senior trial lawyer and has built his own law practice in the Southern region.

“I’m very excited to be selected as National’s candidate for Southland and I’ll be hitting the ground running in the lead up to September 19. I’d like to thank the local Party members for their support,” Mr Mooney says.

“There is a short time to go until the election and I’m determined to work hard to make sure Southland has strong representation in Wellington.

“Southland is a large, diverse electorate with farmers, orchards, businesses and workers throughout. From our more populated tourist towns like Queenstown and Te Anau, agricultural hub Gore and now Alexandra, to our tightknit rural communities, everything you could need can be found here.

“There is no doubt that Southlanders are a hard working, determined group of people, but right now they are all worried about the future, what the state of our economy will look like, whether they will have a job and how they will support their family.

“More than 200,000 people are currently unemployed, with a further 436,000 on a wage subsidy. When that ends in September New Zealand could be looking at half a million people unemployed.

“National is focused on supporting Southlanders and their livelihoods, from backing Kiwis who have lost their jobs and are looking to start their own business, to backing existing businesses to take on another employee.

“I care about this part of the country and our community. Southlanders can be confident that I will be a strong, vocal representative for them under a National Government after the election.”

Biographical Notes: Joseph Mooney

Joseph is 41 years old. He was born in Hawke’s Bay and grew up in the country. Joseph lives in Queenstown and has built his own law practice in the Southern region.

Joseph left school without any qualifications and later went to university, obtaining an honours degree in Law. He graduated from university on the same day as his youngest sister, the first in their family to do so.

Now Joseph is a senior trial lawyer appearing courts through the South. He is on the Southland Branch Council of the New Zealand Law Society. He was appointed in 2017 by the Deputy Solicitor General to the Crown Prosecution Panel for the Invercargill Crown Solicitor. He has also been appointed by the Court as a Youth Advocate.

Joseph has been an Army reservist and volunteer firefighter. He has three children with his wife Silvia. In his spare time he likes to ski, mountain bike, and spend time with his family.