Your UnitedFuture Team

Find out more about the team behind UnitedFuture.  These are the people dedicated to advancing the party’s principles and working with the government of the day to implement our policies. If you’d like to help please get in touch.

Party leader and MP for Ohariu
Peter has been an MP since 1984, holding the north-west Wellington seats of Ohariu; Onslow; Ohariu-Belmont and Ohariu.

He was a Labour MP from 1984 to 1994, resigning from the Labour Party in October 1994 to become a founding member of United New Zealand (now known as United Future) a few months later. He has been Party Leader since October 1996.

Peter has been Minister of Internal Affairs, Associate Minister of Health, and Associate Minister of Conservation since January 2014.

He has also been a Minister on two earlier occasions serving as Minister of Regional Development; Associate Minister for the Environment and Associate Minister of Justice in the Palmer and Moore Labour Governments; and Minister of Revenue and Minister of Internal Affairs in the National/United Coalition Government.

Earlier he was a Parliamentary Under-Secretary in the fields of Health (1987-89); Trade and Industry (1987-89); Energy (1988-89); Regional Development (1988-90); Commerce (1988-90); Justice (1989); Environment (1989-90); Internal Affairs (1989-90); and Local Government (1989-90).

He has written two books: “Home is Where My Heart Is”, published in 2002, and “In the Centre of Things”, published in 2005.

Deputy leader and former UnitedFuture MP
Judy had 6 years in Parliament with United-Future, and was the Deputy Leader for 4 of those years. She has been a Board member since becoming Deputy Leader.

Currently, Judy is in her second term as Deputy Mayor of Whakatane District and is also in her first term as an elected member of the Bay of Plenty District Health Board.

Judy is married with 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. She is 59 years old and lives in Ohope.


Party President and Secretary and candidate for Northcote
Born and bred in NZ, Damian lives on the North Shore of Auckland with his partner in their first home.

He is a strong believer in the liberal values at the core of UnitedFuture that encourages diversity and tolerance at all levels of our community. He has a passion for social justice and has spoken on these issues on behalf of the party at a number of forums. He also sees the stewardship of our natural environment as a key issue, with a desire to leave it in a better state for future generations.

Damian has stood as a candidate for UnitedFuture on three occasions, most recently in 2014 in Northcote. He was elected to the board in 2011 and currently serves as Party President and Secretary (pending appointment of a new person to this role).

Damian has worked for KiwiRail for over 12 years, mostly recently as a process improvement manager. He manages a small team of people who drive improvement through process, systems and people.

Ben Rickard

Board member and candidate for Bay of Plenty
Ben is a passionate believer in the principles that underpin UnitedFuture. He was first introduced to those principles whilst at university in Wellington, when the party’s leader, Peter Dunne, spoke to his politics class. Upon graduation, with a double degree, majoring in marketing, management and politics, Ben volunteered in the United Party leader’s office and worked on the 1999 election campaign.

After a decade working in the UK in the consumer goods industry (and voting LibDem), Ben returned to New Zealand in 2011, rejoining the party in 2013. In 2014 he stood as the UnitedFuture candidate for Bay of Plenty and was also ranked 5th on the party list.

Ben currently works for his family’s specialist insurance business, with a role centred around marketing and business development. Ben is active in his local community, running a website and blog that promotes his home town, Tauranga, as a destination for technology companies, as well as helping organise events such as Startup Weekend.

He is currently leading the project to revitalise UnitedFuture’s fortunes. This work has already led to a substantial improvement in the party’s understanding of its strengths, challenges and opportunities, with clear goals and a roadmap to achieve them, and this work is ongoing. Ben is 38 years old and lives with his wife and two young children on a lifestyle block on the outskirts of Tauranga.


Ron Garrod
Party Treasurer
Ron has been the party’s Regional Co-ordinator Manawatu, incorporating Rangitikei, Palmerston North and Wairarapa, for the 2005 General Election Campaign. He was also Campaign Chairman for Mr Graeme Reeves at the same election.

Ron is a current UnitedFuture board member and has acted as party treasurer since 2009, also occupying the role of secretary from 2010 until 2015.

Ron runs his own consultancy business as a financial adviser and is a member of the Professional Advisers Association.


Board Member and Auckland Regional Group Member


Board Member and Youth Wing Leader


Board Member

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