The candidate announced to contest the seat of Selwyn for the National Party is described as deeply passionate about the farming and agriculture sector.
Former reporter and political adviser Nicola Grigg will stand in the electorate in the 2020 General Election after she was chosen by local party delegates at a meeting in West Melton on Sunday.
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She is replacing retiring MP Amy Adams, who is standing down after four terms.
“I’m truly honoured to be selected to run in my home electorate of Selwyn, and want to thank the local National members here for their support,” she said.
Grigg was born and raised on a family sheep and beef farm in Mt Somers, in mid-Canterbury.
She described herself as deeply passionate about promoting New Zealand’s agricultural sector and a staunch advocate for farming businesses.
“Selwyn is a real snapshot of New Zealand, capturing suburban Christchurch right into the rural heartland of Canterbury.
"People here know the value of hard work and expect their government to spend their tax dollars wisely, in a way that achieves things," said Griggs.
The 39-year-old is currently portfolio manager at New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, the Government’s economic development agency.
She manages the business development of a wide range of Canterbury-based exporters – mostly in the agri, agritech and manufacturing sectors.