Date and place of birth November 1982, 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 Member of Parliament
Previous occupations Political and Media Adviser, Green Party Parliamentary Office (2009-11), 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 Green Party Spokesperson on Children, Housing, Youth and Students, Electoral Reform, Open Government, and Arts Culture, and Heritage.
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.