Kelly Ellis – As a child, Kelly Ellis didn’t so much fall into the cracks, but willfully wriggled her way into them. Ejected from Onslow College – a big job in the 70s – Kelly worked in car factories, shearing gangs and motorbike shops.
She went on to night school, Wellington’s Polytech Journalism Course in 1980 and then qualified as a lawyer in 1992.
These days the champion motorcycle racer and yachtie lives with her son, wife, cats and a dog in Whangarei.
A staunch human rights advocate and barrister, she ran on the Labour ticket in that electorate in 2014.
When not working or politicking she plays with old cars and motorbikes, sails, fishes, cooks or hides out on her boat.