Tom Rutherford, representing the National Party, serves as the Member of Parliament for the Bay of Plenty. His political journey stems from a desire to serve his community and tackle pressing issues. Despite his youth, Rutherford brings experience and fresh insights, holding a degree in Public Policy and Political Science. Prior to his parliamentary career, he worked with the National Party and local government bodies.

When he’s not at work, Rutherford enjoys spending time with his partner, Hannah, playing cricket for Greerton Cricket Club and participating in community service, volunteering as a firefighting and a sports official.

In his inaugural speech, Rutherford pledged to address key concerns such as living costs, crime, and infrastructure, particularly advocating for the upgrade of State Highway 29. As one of the youngest MPs, he brings a contemporary perspective and emphasises active listening and humility in public service. Committed to building on past efforts, Rutherford aims to contribute to New Zealand's progress for future generations.

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I’m proud to have been born and raised in the Bay of Plenty. It’s important to me that people in the Bay of Plenty can succeed and I firmly believe that everyone deserves a fair shot at life.


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