Why I’m running
I am strongly committed to fairness, equality and to ensuring all members of our community feel they belong, can actively participate, and can reach their fullest potential. Labour's equally strong commitment to jobs, secure housing, fair incomes, high-quality education, and decent healthcare has motivated me to stand. My greatest leadership skill is as a bridge-builder, connecting people together to help facilitate change, something that is needed in these uncertain times.
I was lead facilitator for the Taranaki 2050 roadmap. I have a background spanning restorative justice, community development, facilitation and social enterprise. I'm a trained celebrant and long-term foster parent, which now spans to the next generation. My work with the Salvation Army brought me to New Plymouth 20 years ago and it's been my home ever since. I know the challenges many in this region face, and I have a proven record of developing solutions and pathways to help overcome these.