Why I’m running
I am aware we are running out of time to make the significant changes required to minimise the most devastating impacts of climate change. This is not a legacy we can or should pass onto our children. Our collective inaction is already harmful to our next generation, robbing them of a sense of optimism about their future. My generation grew up in the shadow of the nuclear arms race – so I believe it is fundamentally wrong to subject our children and young people to an equal existential threat.
I am an emergency medicine specialist working at Middlemore Hospital, as well as having population health qualifications. My daily work involves seeing the adverse health effects of inequity on an individual level, and often at an untreatable stage of illness. I have realised that we need societal reform to address these issues, and New Zealand as a whole cannot thrive, unless everyone is enabled to reach their full potential.