Former reporter and political adviser Nicola Grigg will contest Selwyn for National in the 2020 General Election.
Ms Grigg was chosen today by local party delegates at a meeting in West Melton. She is replacing retiring MP Amy Adams, who is standing down after four terms.
“I’m truly honoured to be selected to run in my home electorate of Selwyn, and want to thank the local National members here for their support,” Ms Grigg says.
“Our communities here benefited greatly from the previous National Government’s strong economic management and focus on results. Unfortunately, like the rest of New Zealand, it is suffering from this chaotic Labour administration’s failure to deliver.
“Selwyn is a real snapshot of New Zealand, capturing suburban Christchurch right into the rural heartland of Canterbury. People here know the value of hard work and expect their government to spend their tax dollars wisely, in a way that achieves things.
“Labour and its coalition partners have talked a big game but failed to deliver on its promises. Now, more than ever, Selwyn needs a National Government that knows how to get things done.
“Having worked for Simon Bridges, I’ve seen up close his intellect and understanding of what truly matters to Kiwis. He and his team around him know to run the economy to make sure it’s thriving and able to meet the needs of all New Zealanders.
“I’m looking forward to hitting the campaign trail and making sure Selwyn keeps strong National representation, in a Simon Bridges-led Government.”
Biographical Notes: Nicola Grigg
Nicola Grigg, 39, is a portfolio manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the Government’s economic development agency. She manages the business development of a wide range of Canterbury-based exporters – mostly in the agri, agritech and manufacturing sectors – supporting them to grow their business offshore.
Nicola was born and raised on the family sheep and beef farm in Mt Somers, in the heart of mid Canterbury and studied at the New Zealand Broadcasting School, graduating with a Degree in Broadcast Communications and Diplomas in Television and Radio News.
Nicola spent a number of years working as a reporter and newsreader for newsrooms around the country including Newstalk ZB and Radio New Zealand covering significant events including the Christchurch earthquakes, the Global Financial Crisis, and several elections.
Her career highlight to date has been the years she spent working as a press secretary for both Simon Bridges, and Sir Bill English during his tenure as Minister of Finance and Prime Minister.
This experience at the highest level of Government gave Nicola unique insight into the workings of Government, the workings of National’s Caucus, and the workings of the National Party. She has developed deep connections across the Party, across Parliament, and through the wider network of Government ministries.
Outside of work Nicola tries to spend as much time as possible outdoors and enjoys skiing, riding, running and hiking. She is deeply passionate about promoting New Zealand’s agricultural sector and is a staunch advocate for farming businesses.