Why I’m running
I am aspirational for New Zealanders and New Zealand but I've lived and seen the impact of inequality on individuals, whanau and communities. We undermine our potential as a country when large numbers of our citizens aren't valued and/ or when they don't have the opportunity to contribute. Social and economic development are not mutually exclusive – we need both to be equally weighted as priorities. Our government has done a lot to address inequalities. I'm passionate about continuing this work.
All of my working life has been committed to the education, health and social sectors. As the first person in my family to go to university and get a degree, I was always cognisant of the role I could and should play in giving back to others. Growing up I was an at risk youth, taken in by a school principal. I've been a sole parent on the DPB, a teacher, a manager, a CEO and a cabinet minister. I want others to feel supported to realise their potential, the same way in which I have.