Ara midwifery lecturer wins Ilam

November 1, 2020

Ara Institute of Technology midwifery lecturer Sarah Pallett has begun her new career as a Labour MP, representing the Ilam electorate. She won the seat resoundingly, ousting National MP and deputy leader Gerry Brownlee, who had held the seat since its creation in 1996.

Sarah PallettOn election night, she said she was “absolutely blown away” to have won the seat. “I think it shows that Ilam was ready for a new MP.”


Pallet’s experience as a midwife includes working both at Christchurch Women’s Hospital and as a rural midwife. At the time of her election, she was in her third term as president of the union Ara Academic Staff of Canterbury. She also co-founded and chairs the Canterbury Women’s Branch of the Labour Party, and is co-chair of the Labour Women’s Council, which represents all woman members of the Labour Party.

Her profile says “she has a strong sense of social justice, and is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities, irrespective of their gender, ethnicity or background”.