Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Electoral Commission CEO announced

New Electoral Commission CEO announced

Associate Justice Minister Rick Barker today announced the appointment of Dr Helena Catt as the new Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission.

Dr Catt replaces Dr Paul Harris, who is retiring after holding the office of Chief Executive since the Commission's inception in 1994

Dr Catt, who takes over as Chief Executive on 1 March, was most recently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at Auckland University and an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts.

The focus of Dr Catt's academic work has been on electoral systems and the democratic process. She holds an MA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics from Edinburgh University and a PhD (on tactical voting) from the London School of Economics.

"Dr Catt will bring to the position excellent communication skills, a thorough knowledge and understanding of the electoral system, strong analytical skills and experience in managing relationships amongst diverse peoples and organisations," Mr Barker said.

She has a particular interest in the public education aspects of the Commission's work.

The Electoral Commission, an independent Crown entity, registers political parties and logos, monitors political parties' election spending and donations, delivers electoral education, and provides advice to the government and Parliament on electoral matters.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news