Georgina Beyer
Member of Parliament for Wairarapa
New Zealand
FULL NAME : Georgina Beyer
MP SINCE : 1999
POSITION : MP for Wairarapa
BORN : Wellington, 1957

· Raised in Taranaki by her Grandparents until aged 4½.
· When mother remarried returned to Wellington for school, attending Wellesley College and then Onslow College. In 1970 family moved to Auckland, attended Papatoetoe High School.
· Theatrical career started having won the College Cup for Drama 1972. Following her nomination for best actress in the Guild of Film & Television Arts Award in 1987 she continued acting in Film, TV, Theatre and Cabaret until 1989 when she returned to Wellington in 1990.
Other major acting highlights include:
'Jewel Darl' (nominated best actress for dramatic role in 1987 G.O.F.T.A. awards)
'Close to Home'
'Inside Straight'
'Shark in the Park'
'Shortland Street' - 2 episodes
· Moved to Carterton in the Wairarapa and enrolled on an Access Scheme, soon after she was teaching on the course and then became course administrator employed by the Carterton Community Centre.
· 1992 became a broadcaster for the morning show at TodayFM, the first FM radio station in the Wairarapa for 3 months.
· Justice of the Peace since 1997.
· Launched her book 'Change for the Better' published in October 1999 by Random House:

· Late in 1992 ran for the Carterton District Council in the local body elections becoming the highest polling unsuccessful candidate, losing by 14 votes.
· 1993 won a by-election with a clear majority.
· 1995 elected Mayor with a 48% majority.
· 1998 re-elected Mayor with 90% majority.
· 1999 elected Member of Parliament for Wairarapa with a 32% swing from National to Labour.
· Currently serving on:
Law & Order Select Committee
Local Government & Environment Select Committee
MMP Review Select Committee
· Also serve on the following caucuses:
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Womens Affairs
Maori Affairs
Primary Production & Rural Affairs
Local Government, Environment, Broadcasting and Conservation
Arts Culture and Heritage
· Reluctantly resigned as Mayor of Carterton in March 2000 due to an extremely heavy parliamentary workload.



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