I was born into a whanau of educationalists and progressive thinkers and had some amazing mentors in my early years.

I deplore injustice, inequity and the damage to our planet and diversity through unsustainable, endless growth. I want to live in a country where Te Tiriti is a key pillar in our constitution and diversity is celebrated.

As a teacher and a unionist, I pushed back against ideological change and educational inequity.

My lifelong involvement in the visual arts and gallery governance has led me to appreciate the value of public art and artefact collections in informing community conversations (“Ka mua, ka muri”).

Two core human rights are access to good food and having a safe and secure home. Our economic focus on commodifying and exporting food has reduced our capacity to equitably feed ourselves. Our inability to provide all who live in Aotearoa with a home is shameful. I value the collaborations and connections I have developed over the years in the food and housing sectors to identify barriers and opportunities for making food and housing accessible to all.

The Green Party has been my political home since 2004, its charter and values guide and underpin all I do.

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