Why I’m running
The nation thrives when our farming communities are flourishing. I am committed to the rebuilding of our rural services and infrastructure. To remain vital, our small towns and farming communities need access to quality education and healthcare, decent work and good housing. These significant challenges require a collective approach – working with communities, farmers, iwi, and workers, and ensuring government resourcing, policy and legislative frameworks support progressive social change.
I grew up in New Plymouth and studied business at Massey. I have worked in tourism, local government, and public education in Taranaki and served 4 years as PPTA president. I have engaged in the Just Transition conversation and bring a local perspective to the climate justice challenge. As an economics teacher and part of a community that has thrived because of the energy and dairy industries, I know the challenge of finding consensus around how we reset our economy to build a sustainable future.