11. Kirsten Murfitt

Bay of Plenty Electorate

Tauranga lawyer Kirsten Murfitt will stand for New Zealand First in the Bay of Plenty electorate this year. Kirsten qualified as a commercial and property lawyer after graduating from the University of Auckland in 1999, and has worked at some of the top law firms in Auckland and Australia.

After becoming a Mum, Kirsten paused her career to support her son through regular hospital admissions and therapy. Due to a rare congenital syndrome, Kirsten’s son has pivoted her to become an advocate for disability support. Kirsten returned to private practice at a family-friendly law firm in 2011 on the North Shore in Auckland, before relocating with her family to Tauranga in 2015 and starting her own firm a year later. 

Kirsten is deeply concerned about the erosion of democracy in New Zealand and feels it is time to restore true democratic process both locally in Tauranga, and in Wellington for all New Zealanders.