Why I’m running
I had all the basics I needed as a kid – a warm home, the love of my family and the opportunity to learn. I became an MP because I believe everyone deserves the same. I'm proud to have fought for better housing in the Hutt, investment in maternity services, a new mental health unit, and the full-funding of Melling Link. I will continue to fight for people in the Hutt to ensure our homes are warm and dry, our health system is reliable, our infrastructure is modernised, and our people have jobs.
I went to nine different schools. Mum and Dad taught in rural schools doing their country service. I saw how they were able to change someone's life for the better and that has always motivated me to do the same. Prior to becoming an MP, I was with the Police delivering action plans to reduce the harm associated with gangs, organised crime and methamphetamine. I saw first-hand the need for a criminal justice system that ensures less offending, less re-offending, and fewer victims of crime.