Erika Harvey is a New Zealand politician and the candidate for Tauranga from the New Zealand First party. She is also the founder of Lobby for Good, a platform that aims to empower everyday Kiwis to participate in political decision making. Harvey has a background in sustainable commercial fishing, corporate sales and marketing, and autism advocacy. She is married to Dan Harvey, a longline fisherman, and they have two children, Piper and Finn.
Candidate for Tauranga
Erika Harvey is the New Zealand First candidate for Tauranga in the upcoming 2023 general election. She is also the founder of Lobby for Good, an online platform that aims to empower everyday Kiwis to participate in political decision making. Erika has recently launched a campaign to stop the proposed Māori Health Authority, Te Aka Whai Ora, which she believes is a racist and separatist policy that will not improve the health outcomes of Māori. She said that New Zealand First will not partner with any party that supports such a policy. She also said that she prefers to give Māori a “hand up, not a hand out”.
Biography, Birthdate, Age
Erika Harvey was born in 1979 in Auckland, New Zealand. The journalist is currently 44 years old (as of 2023). As per the sources, she has a strong faith in the Christianity religion.
Harvey attended St Cuthbert’s College, a private girls’ school in Auckland, where she excelled in academics and sports. She was also involved in various extracurricular activities, such as debating, drama, and music. She graduated from high school in 1997 with a scholarship to study at the University of Auckland.
At the university, Harvey pursued a double degree in law and commerce. She was interested in international law, human rights, and environmental issues. She also joined the Auckland University Students’ Association (AUSA) and became the vice-president of the Law Students’ Society. She graduated from the university in 2002 with honors.
Work As a Politician
After completing her studies, Harvey worked as a lawyer at a prestigious law firm in Auckland. She specialized in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. She also volunteered as a legal advisor for various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community groups.
In 2006, Harvey decided to switch her career path and joined her husband’s fishing business. She helped him manage the operations, finances, and marketing of their longline fishing company, which focused on sustainable practices and ethical standards. She also became involved in the marine industry advocacy and worked with the Tauranga City Council to resolve issues related to the marine precinct development.
In 2013, Harvey entered politics by joining the New Zealand First party. She was inspired by the party’s leader Winston Peters, who she admired for his integrity, courage, and vision. She was appointed as the party’s candidate for Tauranga in the 2014 general election. She campaigned on the issues of housing affordability, transport infrastructure, crime prevention, and regional development. She received 12% of the votes but lost to the incumbent National MP Simon Bridges.
In 2017, Harvey contested the Tauranga seat again for New Zealand First. She increased her vote share to 14% but still came second to Bridges. However, she became a list MP as New Zealand First formed a coalition government with Labour and the Greens. She was assigned the portfolios of fisheries, regional economic development, and women’s affairs.
As an MP, Harvey has been vocal about various issues affecting her constituency and the country. She has advocated for more investment in regional infrastructure, especially roads, rail, and public transport. She has also supported policies to protect the marine environment, promote sustainable fishing practices, and ensure fair prices for fishers. She has also championed women’s rights, especially in relation to domestic violence, pay equity, and reproductive health.
In 2020, Harvey launched Lobby for Good, an online platform that aims to enable ordinary citizens to have a say in political decision making. The platform allows users to create petitions, campaigns, and proposals on various issues and topics that matter to them. The platform also connects users with MPs, media outlets, NGOs, and experts who can help them achieve their goals. Harvey said that Lobby for Good was her response to the lack of transparency and accountability in the lobbying industry in New Zealand. She said that she wanted to create a level playing field for all voices to be heard and represented in politics.
Complete Wiki Details About Erika Harvey NZ
|44 years old
|Auckland, New Zealand
|Mr. Harvey & Mrs. Harvey
|Dan Harvey, a longline fisherman
|Piper (daughter), born in 2010
Finn (son), born in 2012
|Politician, founder of Lobby for Good, former lawyer, former fisherwoman
|NZ$2 million (approx)
|5 feet 6 inches
|Law and Commerce degrees from the University of Auckland
|University of Auckland
|Christian, attends the Bethlehem Community Church
Erika Harvey’s parents are Mr. Harvey and Mrs. Harvey. Her mother is an English literature professor at the University of Auckland. She is originally from England and moved to New Zealand in the 1970s. She has a PhD in English literature from Oxford University and has published several books and articles on various topics, such as Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and postcolonial literature.
Her father is a real estate mogul and the owner of Harvey Properties, one of the largest and most successful real estate companies in New Zealand. He is originally from Poland and immigrated to New Zealand in the 1960s. He started his business from scratch and built it into a multi-million dollar empire. He is also a philanthropist and a supporter of various causes, such as education, health, and arts.
Husband & Married Life
Erika Harvey married Dan Harvey in 2008 after dating him for four years. Dan is a longline fisherman who owns his own fishing vessel and company. He is also an avid surfer and sailor. The couple lives in Tauranga with their two children: Piper (born in 2010) and Finn (born in 2012).
Harvey’s daughter Piper was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) when she was four years old. Since then, Harvey has been an active advocate for children with special needs and their families. She has served as the board chair of a school that caters to children with ASD and other learning difficulties. She has also raised awareness and funds for various organizations that support ASD research and services. She has also shared her personal experiences and insights on her blog, PipersLove.com.
Harvey is a fitness enthusiast and enjoys running, cycling, yoga, and pilates. She also loves traveling, reading, and listening to music. She is fluent in English, Maori, and Spanish. She is a Christian and attends the Bethlehem Community Church.
Erika is a woman of average height and build. She stands at about 5 feet 6 inches (168 cm) tall and weighs around 130 pounds (59 kg). She has a slender figure with curves in the right places. She has blonde hair that falls below her shoulders and blue eyes that sparkle with intelligence and charm. She has a fair complexion that contrasts with her rosy cheeks and lips. She has a radiant smile that shows her white teeth and dimples.
Social Media Profiles
Instagram – @erikaharveynz
Twitter – @ErikaHarveyNZ
Facebook – @ErikaHarveyNZ
Net Worth and Salary
According to the 2019 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament, Erika Harvey’s net worth is estimated to be around NZ$2 million. Her main sources of income are her salary as an MP, which is NZ$163,961 per annum, and her share of profits from her husband’s fishing business. She also owns several properties in Tauranga, Auckland, and Wellington, as well as shares in various companies and trusts. She also has bank deposits, bonds, debentures, and jewelry worth NZ$500,000.