About Sarah

A lawyer and advocate for the environment, I bring to the table valuable experience in both commercial and community law.


Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time, and in 2015 I became known as "the student who sued the Government" when I filed a judicial review case challenging the Government's lack of action and inadequate climate targets.  In 2017, I received Hamilton City Council’s 30 Under 30 award in recognition of the case.

I grew up on the outskirts of Hamilton in a family of six.  My dad is a conservationist, and I spent my summers with him working out in the field. 

I attended high school at Fairfield College, where I had the privilege of representing the school as head girl in 2008, and went on to study both Law and Chinese at the University of Waikato.  Beijing became my home for a year, where I taught English and studied Mandarin, falling in love with the language and culture.

After completing university, I worked in property development for two years. I managed small scale developments and gained practical experience in the subdivision, consenting and construction process. More recently, I have worked as both a commercial litigation lawyer and a community lawyer in Auckland - a job where I get to help people on a daily basis, and that I thoroughly enjoy.  I am still working two days a week up in Auckland while campaigning.  However, my husband and I plan settle back in Hamilton West and if elected I will be fully committed to working full time as councillor!


I am passionate about how the Council can improve the well-being of people in our city. The urgency of climate change, and the opportunities ahead of us to build a great future, are what motivate me to stand for Hamilton City Council. 

These elections provide an exciting opportunity for change, and I encourage you to have your say.  I also ask for your support and your vote.  Hamilton is a city to be proud of, so let's keep it moving forward! 

Ngaa mihi


Sarah Thomson

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