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Carol Beaumont

Carol Beaumont

Carol Ann Beaumont[1] ONZM (born 6 October 1960) is a politician from New Zealand, first elected to represent the Labour Party through the party list vote in the 2008 election. Beaumont stood in the Maungakiekie electorate, finishing second in both 2008[2] and 2011. In the 2011 election she initially missed joining the 50th New Zealand Parliament, her list ranking (22) sitting just below the cut-off due to Labour's reduced party vote. In March 2013 Charles Chauvel's resignation saw her return to Parliament until her defeat at the 2014 election.[3]

Carol Beaumont
Beaumont in August 2011
Vice-President of the New Zealand Labour Party
Assumed office
7 May 2021
Preceded byTracey McLellan
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
In office
12 March 2013  20 September 2014
Preceded byCharles Chauvel
In office
8 November 2008  26 November 2011
Personal details
Born (1960-10-06) 6 October 1960
Hamilton, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Domestic partnerRobert Gallagher


Union career

Beaumont was heavily involved during her years at University in the Student Associations around New Zealand. She worked as a Research Officer and Tertiary Union Delegate during this time.[4] In May 2003 Beaumont was elected Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.[5] This followed 20 years involvement in the union movement.

Member of Parliament

Beaumont (right), with Jacinda Ardern and Phil Goff
New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
20082011 49th List 28 Labour
20132014 50th List 22 Labour

Beaumont stood for Labour in the Maungakiekie seat at the 2008 general election, finishing second to National's Sam Lotu-Iiga. The seat had previously been held by Labour's Mark Gosche. She was ranked 28th on Labour's party list and was elected to Parliament as a List MP.

In the 49th Parliament Beaumont was appointed Labour's spokesperson for Consumer Affairs, and associate spokesperson for Labour by Labour leader Phil Goff.[6] In early 2010 she took over responsibility for Charles Chauvel's Credit Reforms (Responsible Lending) Bill, which had been drawn from the ballot in August 2009.[7] The bill was defeated at its first reading in July 2010.[8]

At the 2011 general election Beaumont again contested Maungakiekie finishing second to incumbent Sam Lotu-Iiga. She was ranked 22 on Labour's party list but this was not high enough to be reelected. Following the resignation of list MP Charles Chauvel, Beaumont was declared elected to parliament on 12 March 2013.[3][9]

At the 2014 election Beaumont stood again for the seat of Maungakiekie with a potential boost in numbers due to boundary changes moving several thousand new voters into the area whom were cited as potential Labour voters by media sources.[10] Beaumont failed to take the seat back for Labour and was not elected on the List again due to her position being several places below the Party Vote entitlement.

Post-parliamentary career

Since the 2014 election Beaumont has been working still in the public service; currently she has undertaken campaigning to highlight loan shark issues[11] as well as sitting as an Advisory Member of the Work Research Institute.

In 2021 Beaumont was elected vice-president of the Labour Party following the resignation of Tracey McLellan, who had been elected to parliament the previous year.[12]

In the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours, Beaumont was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to the union movement and women's rights.[13]

Personal life

Beaumont's partner, Robert Gallagher, was one of the Labour Party campaign team strategists and in January 2015 announced his intention to stand for the Labour Party Presidency.[14]


  1. "New Zealand Hansard - Members Sworn [Volume:651;Page:2]". New Zealand Parliament. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  2. "Official Count Results - Maungakiekie". 22 November 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  3. "Beaumont returns to Parliament after Chauvel's resignation". The New Zealand Herald. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  4. "Beaumont, Carol - New Zealand Parliament". 6 October 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  5. "Carol Beaumont". Department of Labour. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.
  6. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 December 2008. Retrieved 11 December 2008.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. "Credit Reforms (Responsible Lending) Bill". Parliament of New Zealand. 21 July 2010. Archived from the original on 20 May 2021. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  8. "Loan sharks "not going away"". TVNZ. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  9. New List MP for New Zealand Labour Party, 12 March 2013
  10. "Sam Lotu IIga Claims Maungakiekie". Stuff. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  11. "Carol Beaumont, Former Labour Consumer Affairs Spokesperson". Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  12. "Party Information". New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 8 May 2021.
  13. "Queen's Birthday honours list 2021". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 7 June 2021. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  14. "Nominees announced for Labour Party presidency". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
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