Why I’m running
The power of the people is always stronger than the people in power. I joined the Greens because they recognised more than any political party the inextricable links between the wellbeing of all people and our environment, and that only sustainable, long-term change can be achieved with support from grassroots communities. We believe in the power of communities to address their local issues through creativity and collaboration, and we need to change the approach of parliament to empower that.
Auckland Central has a history of fierce independence. It's alive and well today, embedded in places like Karangahape Road, across the motu in Waiheke and Aotea Great Barrier. I came to politics because I lived here, and was watching gentrification commodify our culture to raise the cost of living; I connected the dots on poor political planning and our poor access to transport, rent skyrocketing and lack of protection for our arts and culture. We have the solutions, here, in our own community.