Delighted to see Megan Hands win National’s nomination for Rangitata. I am confident she will retain the seat for National and become an MP in October.
Megan was elected to the Canterbury Regional Council (ECan) in 2019, topping the ward vote for Christchurch West as an Independent, beating incumbents and candidates on the Labour-aligned People’s Choice ticket. A remarkable achievement for someone from a rural area to win election in an urban ward.
Megan has a rural dairy farming background and has a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning. She has worked for LandPro as a planner, for Dairy NZ as an engagement leader and for AsureQuality on the M.Bovis response. Since 2017 she has been self-employed as a rural environmental consultant.
She is very focused on how the route to enhancing the environment is working with farmers, not demonising them.
Megan has also been a two time regional finalist in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Contest.
I’m delighted she is going to be a National MP.