Dunedin woman Rachel Brooking is one of Labour’s newest list MPs.
Rachel Brooking is celebrating her birthday with a new career.
The Dunedin lawyer, who turned 45 on Sunday, has made it into Parliament as a Labour list MP on the back of the party’s strong election results.
At number 46 on the list, Brooking is now packing her bag and making her way to Wellington, so any birthday celebrations will have to wait.
Brooking said she has had a life-long interest in politics and was one of the people appointed by Cabinet to review the Resource Management Act.
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She is interested in environment law and hoped to help the Government implement its policies, particularly those surrounding the environment.
It was not until Sunday morning that Brooking knew for sure that she had made it through.
“Obviously it was quite nerve-racking last night. I went to bed thinking I was probably there, but I wasn’t quite sure.
“It’s an amazing birthday present.”
Jacinda Ardern claimed a “mandate to accelerate” in her victory speech following Labour’s landslide win.
Despite the uncertainty on Saturday night, she said she still managed to get a good night’s sleep.
Brooking worked for 20 years as a resource management and local government lawyer.
She is married to cancer specialist and campaigner Dr Chris Jackson, and they have three children aged 10, 12 and 15.
“They are pretty happy and excited for me.”