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Mike Ward

Green Party

Candidate for Nelson electorate

Born 1942

Lives in Nelson

List position 14

"I am a 65 year old artist, athlete, adventurer, and politician, who makes the kind of
lifestyle choices that contribute most to making my community and planet more
gorgeous, more fun, safer, healthier, inclusive and sustainable… and that are
consistent with the notion that living within the capacity of the planet to sustain is likely
to be more leisurely, enjoyable, purposeful and satisfying than the demands of
consuming ourselves into oblivion. While I am aware of the problems facing
humankind and the planet, I am vision focussed and believe the Green future
optimistically articulated has the appeal to make the Greens Government and the next
great force in New Zealand Politics."

Work and life experience

Visual artist. Since retiring as HOD
art at Tokoroa High 1977, I have worked as a sculptor,
illustrator and maker of jewellery. Member of Parliament, Green Party 2002-2005

Previous employment: Artist, craft-person, illustrator 1978- 2002.
Secondary Teacher 1969 -77. Primary teacher, 1964. Display artist, 1960/1.

Voluntary and Other Work: Arts Council Nelson, 12 years including three
as chair, two Regional Land Transport Committees, environmental groups,
sporting organisations, school committee, health promotion. Public speaking,
chairperson, employer, treasurer, publicity officer, spokesperson in
a range of disciplines and organisations, illustrator, wordsmith, newsletter
producer, event and campaign organizer, broadcaster (years of interviews
plus fortnightly 30 minute Green Show on Nelson radio).

Qualifications and training

Dip. Teaching; Dip. Fine Arts. (Sculpture) Christchurch Teachers College,1962,63,
and Canterbury University 65-68.

Political background

Values party membership 1975 - '89, candidate '81, '84, '87, spokesperson
in a range of portfolios, co-leader 1984 - 89. Four terms Nelson City
Councillor, Mayoral candidate, committee chair nine years. Green Party
membership 1989 - 2004, candidate 1990, '93, '96, '99, and 2002. Out
of Parliament Spokesperson Arts and Culture 1999 -02. Designed and promoted
Green Party Buy Local campaign.

Policy interests: waste; tourism; arts and culture;
senior citizens; sports, fitness and leisure; small business/buy local;
and associate transport and local government .

Community and other involvement

JP, Patron Lifeline Nelson, Chair Nelson Community Organic Gardens
Trust, Trustee Port Nelson Charitable Trust. Multi-sports athlete: Coast
to Coast 1983-2005. Married, three adult children, four grand-daughters.

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