Date and place of birth 26/10/1969, Invercargill - Murihiku
Ethnicity Tangata Tiriti
Current residence and electorate Paekakariki, Mana
Educational and vocational qualifications BA Politics Otago University, CELTA
Current occupation List Member of Parliament, Green Party
Previous occupations Sue Bradford's EA 2007 - 2008, Executive Director YWCA Aotearoa NZ 1999-2003, Manager Hutt Valley Youth Health Service 1996-1999, Women's Coordinator NZUSA 1993-96, Wellington Women's Refuge Coordinator 1990-93.
Other work experience (inc. voluntary/unpaid) Youthline Dunedin 1988-1990, HELP Sexual Abuse Crisis Line 1991, Wellington Rape Crisis Board Wellington 2008, Women's Refuge Employment and Training Committees2007-present; Out in the Square Board 2007, Teacher, Akanksha 2007
Community Connections: NZUSA, Women's Information Network, Peace Movement Aotearoa, CID, ANGOA, NZFVWO, COGS, NZ Prostitutes' Collective, Drag Kings, NZAAHD, YWCA Aotearoa-NZ, Kotare, SFWU,UNITE, TEU, Local Government and academic connections.
Policy Interests/Expertise Non-violence, equity and social cohesion, community and voluntary sector issues, youth health, tertiary education, public health and sustainable cities. I have primarily worked alongside women, children and youth and have been involved with groups with a strong, Te Tiriti, poverty, and diversity analysis.
Additional information I am passionate about reducing inequality and promoting participation in society, locally and globally. With finite resources we need to work together with equal urgency on social and environmental fronts to create a fair and sustainable society. Green messages must connect with people's everyday lives and I am committed to making our messages relevant.