Date posted: 21/10/2020 3 min read

4 CA ANZ members elected to next NZ Parliament

Three sitting MPs and one first-time candidate, all CA ANZ members, have been elected Members of Parliament in the 2020 New Zealand election.

In Brief

  • Simon Watts CA is a new MP, winning Auckland’s North Shore electorate
  • Michael Woodhouse FCA, Andrew Bayly CA and Dr Shane Reti AT are sitting National Party MPs returning to Parliament
  • Unsuccessful CA candidates included TOP party candidate Hayden Cargo CA, Carole Church CA (Advance NZ) and Nancy Lu CA (National Party)

Four members of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) are to sit in the next New Zealand Parliament.

Simon Watts CA, who stood for National in the North Shore electorate is a first-time MP. He defied his party's poor showing throughout the country by winning his Auckland seat by just under 4000 votes.

Simon was most recently the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Waitemata District Health Board.

Returning to the Capital are National MPs Michael Woodhouse FCA, Dr Shane Reti AT and Andrew Bayly CA – Michael as a list MP, Shane gaining a third term as MP for Whangarei and Andrew winning the new Port Waikato seat.

Shane has also been selected as the National Party's new Deputy Leader.

A number of Chartered Accountants who were out on the 2020 election campaign trail were unsuccessful, including Hayden Cargo CA who was the TOP party candidate for Hamilton West; Carole Church CA, who stood for Advance NZ in Christchurch Central; Nancy Lu CA a list only candidate for the National Party and Matthew Percival CA who was ACT's candidate for Kelston.

Michael Woodhouse FCA (National)

Michael graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He is a Chartered Accountant and also has a Master of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales.

Before being elected to Parliament in 2008, Michael was the Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Hospital Dunedin. Prior to that he held senior management positions with ACC. He is a former President of the NZ Private Surgical Hospitals Association and has also been the Vice President of the NZ Private Hospitals Association.

Michael was first elected to Parliament in 2008 as a National List MP based in Dunedin. He has held various Government portfolios including as Minister of Revenue, ACC, Immigration, Police and Workplace Relations and Safety.

In July 2020, he became his party's spokesperson for Regional Economic Development and Pike River Re-Entry and Associate Finance.

Andrew Bayly CA – National

In the 2014 election, Andrew was elected to Parliament as the National MP for Hunua. He was National's Spokesperson for Revenue, Commerce, State Owned Enterprises, Small Business and Manufacturing, and Associate Spokesperson for Finance.

He was also a member of the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee and is Co-Chair of the Middle East/Africa Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Before entering Parliament, Andrew initially trained as an accountant before working with merchant banks in New Zealand and London for 10 years. After returning to New Zealand, he co-founded a merchant bank, offering corporate advisory and capital markets advice to a range of government entities, local authorities and corporate clients.

Dr Shane Reti AT – National

Politics is Shane's third career. In his first career he practised family medicine and dermatology in Whangarei for 16 years. He was appointed for three consecutive terms to the Northland DHB, published research that won literary awards, completed his first Masters in 2004, became a member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Accountants and was awarded a QSM for Public Service in the 2006 New Year Honours List.

In his second career he was awarded NZ Harkness Fellow to Harvard. While at Harvard he completed his second Masters and was promoted to Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. His work over the following seven years also included an appointment with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise as Beachheads Advisor to the New Zealand consulate in Dubai.

He has held a wide range of portfolios. He is currently the National Spokesperson for Health and deputy chair of the Health Select Committee.

Simon Watts CA – National

Simon Watts CA
Simon Watts CA

Simon Watts was most recently the Deputy Chief Financial Officer at the Waitemata District Health Board.

He has a Bachelor of Management Studies, Accounting and Finance, from the University of Waikato and a Bachelor of Health Science, Paramedicine from Auckland University of Technology.

Simon joined the Royal Bank of Scotland in London in 2005. In 2013, Simon and his family returned to New Zealand where he took up a role at Counties Manukau DHB. In 2016, he moved to Waitemata DHB and was ultimately promoted to Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

Following his graduation with a Bachelor of Health Science, he joined St John as a frontline volunteer ambulance officer.

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