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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.

Latest news by Hon Nicky Wagner

Regenerate Christchurch work programme tabled

Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner is welcoming Regenerate Christchurch’s Statement of Intent 2017-2021 and Statement of Performance Expectations 2017-18 tabled in Parliament today. The Statement of Intent...

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New dementia guidelines for GPs and nurses

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is encouraging primary healthcare professionals to use recently published guidelines to help identify early signs of dementia. The eLearning Dementia Education Resource for GPs...

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Improved data collection about disabled people

A new set of questions is being included in national surveys to improve information about disabled people and their lives, Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner and Statistics Minister Scott Simpson...

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