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Nicky was born and educated in Christchurch and has lived and worked in Christchurch Central all her adult life.

After leaving school Nicky trained as a secondary school teacher and taught at Hagley High School and Hornby High School before taking up a position at the Christchurch Polytechnic.

She then turned her hand to business and in 1991 was a foundation partner in a nationwide marketing company which specialised in promoting New Zealand fashion designers and their product. This was the beginning of a series of businesses which included retailing, manufacturing, and distribution. In 1998, she established an internet and e-commerce business specialising in on-line marketing and the development of industry clusters.

In 2002 Nicky was selected as the Candidate for Christchurch Central, and again in 2005 when she was elected as a List MP.

In 2011 she was elected as the Electorate MP on a recount after an Election Night draw.

Nicky has always been involved in the local community and served on numerous trusts and boards. She has worked extensively with business organisations, in education an elected Environment Canterbury Regional Councillor - serving as Chair of the Finance and Audit Commitee for 2 years and the Transport (busses) Committee for 2 years.

She enjoys going to the gym, and spending time with her husband David and two grown up sons.

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Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner says the number of registered nurses working in rest homes and aged care facilities has increased significantly since 2011 and is more than keeping...

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Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel have received the Council’s updated implementation plan to improve the detailed design of An Accessible City roading...

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NZ world leader in disabled people-led monitoroing of rights

Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a review of the disabled people-led monitoring initiative. The initiative involved training over 50 disabled people to interview other disabled people about...

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