Why I’m running
My Dad dreamed of being a farmer, so my parents bought a bare-land block in Waverley. That dream slipped away because the farm was too dangerous to access in winter. The money my parents saved to build a home, went on lawyers' fees instead. I still remember the look on my parents' faces when they came home from court one day. That's when I decided when I grew up, I would do all I could to help them and people like them get a fairer go.
I was born in Whanganui and grew up between the prison village in Kaitoke, where Dad worked as a prison officer, and my family's farm in Waverley. I have worked as an employment advocate, a lawyer, a senior advisor, and an investigator. Currently I chair Labour's economic development committee where I help develop policies to create jobs and raise incomes in our regions. I am hardworking, sincere, and focused on the issues that matter to the people of Whanganui, South Taranaki, and Stratford.