PRESS RELEASE

  January 24, 2017

 

The Board of the Conservative Party of New Zealand is delighted to be able to announce that Leighton Baker is the new Party Leader.

Leighton was born in Lower Hutt, lived in both Invercargill and Northland, and attended Secondary school in Auckland, so has an affinity with all of New Zealand. He farmed for a few years before completing a building apprenticeship  in Auckland. At age 23 he started his own building business,  later moving to Rangiora where, 25 years later, he still runs his building business.

Over the past 20 years or more he has invested in the lives of young people teaching them how to find their strengths through trades training, in particular he spent 6 years as a trade tutor. He is 50 years of age, married, with 4 grown children and 4 grandchildren. He has been politically active for the past 10 years, and a part of the Conservative Party Board since its foundation.

Leighton is a practical man, with practical solutions to everyday problems. His philosophy is, if it isn’t broken, don’t try fixing it, but if it is broken, then fix it. Sadly, previous governments have tried to fix things that weren’t broken, and now we have broken things that desperately need fixing. He leads a Party committed to practical thinking and policies that make sense.

People ask why am I involved in The Conservative Party?

Family.

Fame is fickle and fortunes come and go, but healthy families continue to give purpose, security and love.

I am involved in the Conservative Party because families matter, my family matters, your family matters and they are worth fighting for.