Why I’m running
If we're going to have a fair and equal society, then we need to do tangible things to make sure that everyone has a chance. Things like providing excellent health and education and housing, and a decent welfare system for the hard times. If people have that basic security, then they can be full citizens in our country. That's what I want to work towards as an MP – making sure that each of us has what we need to flourish as equals in our society.
I started out as an accountant, and then studied political theory, ending up with a PhD in Philosophy. With that mixed background, I became an expert in tax, and I've published a book, Tax and Fairness with co-author Terry Baucher. So I bring expertise in tax, business, and economics to my job. I live in the middle of the New Lynn electorate which gives me a deep understanding of local issues, and I work hard to connect with the amazing number of different community groups out west in Auckland.