Jan Tinetti


Janette Rose Tinetti[1] (born 1968)[2] is a New Zealand politician and a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives for the Labour Party.

Jan Tinetti
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36th Minister of Internal Affairs
Assumed office
6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byTracey Martin
16th Minister for Women
Assumed office
6 November 2020
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byJulie Anne Genter
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Personal details
Janette Rose Tinetti

1968 (age 53–54)
Hokitika, New Zealand
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)David Merton
RelationsDon Merton (father-in-law)
ProfessionSchool principal

Personal lifeEdit

Tinetti was born in Hokitika on the West Coast and grew up in Christchurch. She received her secondary school education at Villa Maria College. She then studied at the Christchurch College of Education, from where she obtained a diploma in teaching in 1990. She graduated from the University of Canterbury with a Postgraduate Diploma in Education in 2013 and a Master of Education in 2016.[3][4] She became a teacher and union member.[5] She then became the principal of Merivale School in Tauranga and has previously been on the national executive of the New Zealand Educational Institute.[6] She is married to David Merton, whose father Don Merton was a noted conservationist, and the couple have two children.[7] In 2019, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.[8]

Political careerEdit

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–2020 52nd List 15 Labour
2020–present 53rd List 32 Labour

Tinetti stood for Labour in the Tauranga electorate in the 2017 election and was placed 15 on Labour's party list.[9] Tinetti came second, with the incumbent—Simon Bridges—winning with a 11,252-vote margin. She entered parliament via the party list.[10]

During the 2020 general election, she contested Tauranga, coming second to Bridges with a margin of 1,856 votes on final results.[11] Tinetti was elected on the Labour party list where she was in 32nd place for the 2020 election.[12]

Tinetti put her name forward for the Labour candidacy at the 2022 Tauranga by-election.[13] She was confirmed as Labour's candidate on 6 April as announced by party president Labour President Claire Szabó.[14]

Cabinet positionsEdit

In the Cabinet formed after the 2020 election, Tinetti was appointed as Minister of Internal Affairs, Minister for Women and Associate Minister of Education.[15][16]


  1. ^ "Daily progress for Tuesday, 7 November 2017". New Zealand Parliament. Archived from the original on 6 December 2017. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Roll of members of the New Zealand House of Representatives, 1854 onwards" (PDF). New Zealand Parliament. 24 May 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2020.
  3. ^ "Hon Jan Tinetti". Labour Party. Retrieved 27 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Graduate search". University of Canterbury. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  5. ^ Davison, Isaac (12 May 2017). "Former pupil's suicide prompted principal to enter politics". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  6. ^ Gillespie, Kiri (11 February 2017). "Labour Party's new Tauranga candidate to be voice of the people". Bay of Plenty Times. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Native bird saviour takes one last flight". Bay of Plenty Times. 18 April 2011. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Labour MP Jan Tinetti opens up about breast cancer diagnosis online". 26 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". Scoop. 15 August 2017. Archived from the original on 18 October 2020. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Tauranga – official result". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Tauranga – Official Result". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 November 2020.
  12. ^ "2020 General Election and Referendums – Official Result Successful Candidates". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  13. ^ Cooke, Henry (15 March 2022). "Former National Party leader Simon Bridges retiring from politics, will spark byelection". Stuff. Archived from the original on 15 March 2022. Retrieved 15 March 2022.
  14. ^ "Labour candidate Jan Tinetti to run in Tauranga by-election". 1News. 6 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Ardern's new Cabinet: The full line-up and portfolios". Star News. Allied Press. 2 November 2020. Archived from the original on 3 November 2020.
  16. ^ "Ministerial List for Announcement on Monday" (PDF). Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 2 November 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on 3 November 2020. Retrieved 4 November 2020.

External linksEdit

  •   Media related to Jan Tinetti at Wikimedia Commons
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Internal Affairs
Preceded by Minister for Women