National has chosen Andrew Falloon to contest the Rangitata electorate at the 2017 General Election.
Originally from Ashburton, Mr Falloon was born and raised in the electorate. He has extensive experience in government and government relations in New Zealand and currently works as an Associate Director at the New Zealand Bankers Association.
“It’s a great honour being chosen by local National members to run for Parliament in my home electorate,” Mr Falloon says.
“Rangitata, or Mid and South Canterbury, is deeply a part of who I am and my family’s history. I know our communities well – their aspirations, and the challenges they face.
“National has backed regions like ours through economic and natural crises, helping people to get back on their feet, get into jobs, all while getting New Zealand back into surplus.
“The Rangitata electorate benefits from National’s responsible financial management because it gives us real choices so we can invest in the areas that matter to local families.
“National is focused on sustaining growth, building for future growth, and helping those people most pressured by change.
“Bill English and his united team understand the needs of the Rangitata electorate, and I will be working hard to earn the trust of our local communities to represent them in a National team that will build on the successes of the last few years.
“I’d also like to acknowledge retiring MP Hon Jo Goodhew. Jo has been a fierce advocate for our area and regional New Zealand, and I wish her and her family the best for the future.”
Rangitata covers Mid and South Canterbury from Ashburton down to Timaru, and across inland to the base of the Southern Alps at the northern tip of the Aoraki/Mt Cook National Park. National has held the seat since its creation in 2008, and at the last election won the Party Vote with an over 12,000 vote majority.
Biographical Notes: Andrew Falloon
A fourth generation Ashburtonian, Andrew Falloon was born and raised in the electorate.He graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
After University, Andrew worked in several roles in Parliament, including as a researcher and advisor for Hon Rodney Hide both in Opposition and Government, Hon Phil Heatley, and as a Senior Advisor for five years for Hon Steven Joyce.
Outside of work, Andrew has volunteered for the New Zealand Community Patrols and been a member of the Asia New Zealand Foundation – Leadership Network. He is married to the very loving and supportive Rose.