Nicole Manison, Member for Wanguri

Nicole Manison

About Nicole

Shadow Minister for Health, Essential Services, Statehood, Multicultural Affairs, Young Territorians and Senior Territorians.

Nicole lives in Leanyer with her husband Scott. Nicole was born in Tennant Creek in 1979.  Her mother worked in banks and the public service, while her father was a Northern Territory Police Officer for almost 30 years.

This gave her the opportunity to live across the Territory and interstate throughout her childhood.  Between the moves, Nicole always returned to Darwin which is the place she considers home.

Growing up, Nicole attended local schools including Holy Spirit, Wagaman, Dripstone and Casuarina Senior College.  She has always strongly valued the opportunities her education created for her in life and believes schooling is critical to the future of all children.

While at school, Nicole’s first weekend job was working at Woolworths Hibiscus in the heart of the Wanguri electorate.

She was also a keen sportsperson and represented the Territory at junior levels in both netball and volleyball.

After finishing school Nicole opted to work for a year before going to university. She was a Payroll Officer in the Territory public service which gave her the real first insights into the lives of hardworking public servants.  During university breaks, she continued vacation employment working in a range of jobs in Human Resources.

Nicole attended Curtin University in Perth where she completed a Bachelor of Mass Communication majoring in Journalism and Public Relations.  After University she worked in the private sector in Human Resources and Communications for the MG Kailis Group in Perth before deciding to return to her home, the Territory.

For the next two years Nicole worked for the Power and Water Corporation in Alice Springs in Marketing and Communications.

With an interest in serving her community, Nicole returned to Darwin in 2006 where she started working for the Labor Territory Government.  She worked as a Media Adviser and as a Senior Adviser to Ministers including Paul Henderson, Delia Lawrie and Chris Burns.  She also worked at the former Department of Planning and Infrastructure.

In February 2013 Nicole was elected as the Member for Wanguri upon the retirement of Paul Henderson. She now represents the suburbs of Leanyer, Lyons, Muirhead and Wanguri.

She is passionate about education, health, housing, community safety, sport and ensuring families can look forward to a bright future in the Territory.

Nicole wants to see strong economic development throughout the Territory, jobs growth and vocational and tertiary pathways into employment further developed.  She believes the Territory has one of the best lifestyles on offer and she wants to see that maintained.

Nicole remains very active in sports, especially netball.  She is a proud member of the Waratah Netball and Football Clubs in Darwin, and enjoys running and hiking whenever she can.




This division includes the Darwin northern suburbs of Leanyer, Muirhead, Wanguri and part of Lyons.


The division was created following the 1983 redistribution and named after the suburb of Wanguri on which the division is based. The name Wanguri is taken from a tribal group in East Arnhem.


Contact Nicole

Hibiscus Shopping Centre
Leanyer NT 0812