Why I’m running
I was a child in the country in the 1980s when a Labour government was elected and brought in changes that had a dramatic impact on the farming community. My parents could not get work anymore, and our family had no food on the table. I remember going down to the river to pick blackberries because we couldn't afford food. The Reserve Bank says we are facing our biggest economic downturn in 160 years. We need to get the policy settings right, and do so quickly, so kids don't go hungry.
I did not get UE, and spent years in the school of hard knocks, working on farms, orchards, forestry, fishing boats, building sites, retail stores, hospitality, skifields, rafting companies & sports stores amongst others. I have helped build small business here and overseas. The challenge of dealing with endless regulations while trying to run a business led me to studying law as an adult student. I obtained an honours degree in law. I have also been a volunteer firefighter and Army Reservist.