Date and place of birth 15/11/82, Lower Hutt
Current residence and electorate Petone, Hutt South
Educational and vocational qualifications BA (Hons) English and Politics (Otago), MPhil Development Studies (Oxford)
Current occupation Political and Media Advisor to Green MPs in Parliament
Previous occupations Masters student, University of Oxford (2007-9), Policy/Negotiations Analyst, Office of Treaty Settlements (2007), Media Advisor to Green MPs (2006), Editor, University of Otago student magazine Critic (2005)
Other work experience (including voluntary/unpaid) Student president, University College Middle Common Room, Oxford (2008-9), University debater, coach and adjudicator, Otago (2001-6), News and feature writer, Critic, Otago (2002-4)
Community connections Transition Towns Lower Hutt, Frocks on Bikes Wellington, Cycle Aware Wellington, Forest and Bird, Outward Bound.
Policy Interests/Expertise My main area of expertise is social policy and inequality, with a strong focus on indigenous development. I wrote a Masters thesis on these topics in Oxford. In 2010 I have been closely involved with the Green Party's 'Mind the Gap' project on inequality. I also have a strong interest in women's affairs, and have recently developed expertise on water issues.
My broad political issues I am motivated primarily by a strong commitment to social justice and an understanding that this is inextricable from environmental and economic justice. In particular, I have a strong focus on reducing inequality for the benefit of the whole society.
Additional information I am an active member of Frocks on Bikes and rely on a bicycle as my main form of transport. As part of my candidacy I will advocate for cycling as a practical, fun, healthy and easy transport option.