Date and place of birth 9th July 1963, Helensville
Ethnicity: Ngati Raukawa, Ngati Huri
Current residence and electorate Waiheke Island, Auckland Central
Educational and vocational qualifications RMA Hearings Commissioner, Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management, Diploma in Labour Studies, Certificate in Journalism.
Previous occupations Waiheke Local Board member - elected October 2010, Auckland City Councillor (2007 -2010), six years as a community waste educator, 16 years as a union official, four years in aged care, short stints as a journalist, clerical worker, cleaner, singing telegrammist.
Other work experience (including voluntary/unpaid) Mother of Matariki (13) and Joe (17;) Te Huruhi Primary School trustee (2004 - 2010); Greenpeace New Zealand trustee and voting assembly (2006 - current;) Junk to Funk Recycling in Action Extravaganza - event organiser (2003-2005,) Waiheke Childcare committee (2000-2002) Working Women's Resource Centre, member (1985 - current),various roles; WWRC Union Made Choir, guitarist (1997 - 2003)
Community connections: Tawaipariera/Rangihoua Reserve Management Subcommittee member (2007 - current); Hauraki Gulf Marine Park Forum (2007 - current); Waiheke Island Council of Social Services committee (2003 - current); Piritahi Marae and Kohanga Reo - whanau member/volunteer (1998 - current)
Policy Interests/Expertise Waste minimization, local government, industrial relations, aged care and Maori issues. In the last few years I have become increasingly involved with organic gardening and promoting healthy food in schools.
My broad political issues I want to see real reform of the waste sector - by putting power and responsibility back in the hands of communities and enabling the community economic sector to build real jobs and improved environmental outcomes from the waste streams. In these tough economic times I also want to ensure we keep fighting for fair working conditions and a living wage for all.