Who am I?
I am from Marlborough where I have mostly lived since my family moved there when I was a small child in 1958. I have two adult sons who live in Melbourne and have a delightful 2 year old granddaughter.
Being an MP fills up most of my time, but when I can take a break from that I love to connect with friends, family, our great outdoors. I particularly enjoy spending time in my region from the Marlborough Sounds down through Kaikōura and eating the best wild and organic food.
Why the Green Party?
I became a Green Party list MP in 2011 following our biggest ever election result. I have been a Green Party member since 1992 because of my commitment to the Green Party values of ecology-based sustainability and social justice.
My background before Parliament
I have been an active member of the organic and GE free movement for a long time. Before entering Parliament I was the co-chair and spokesperson of the Soil & Health Association of New Zealand, a columnist for the Organic NZ Magazine, a board member of BioGro, and council member of Organics Aotearoa New Zealand. I have been an active collaborators with GE Free NZ, the Safe Food Campaign, Pesticide Action Network, and a member of the Marlborough Farmers Market committee. I was active in many Government consultation groups including Food Safety, Biosecurity, and ERMA which is now the EPA (Environmental Protection Authority).
I was an organics tutor and retailer and for 18 years grew certified organic vegetables and owned New Zealand's largest certified organic glasshouse operation. I believe that organics has so much to add to New Zealand's economy all while providing safe, healthy, and delicious food to New Zealanders and our export markets. I was really proud to win both the John Manhire Award for outstanding contribution to the organics sector in 2008 and the Marlborough Rural Environment Awards, Horticulture and Supreme Awards winner 2003
I am also passionate about protecting our beautiful environment. I have for 13 years provided advocacy through the Marlborough Environment Centre, I was the co-chair of Friends of Nelson Haven and Tasman Bay and am still closely involved with the groups caring for the Marlborough Sounds.
I have also worked to protect our right to privacy, especially as an Anti-Bases Campaign organiser of the Waihopai spy base protests.
What I am working on
In 2013 and onwards I will be focused on how New Zealand can protect our clean green reputation for marketing our exports by keeping New Zealand GE free, increasing sustainable production of food and fibre, and keeping our country New Zealand owned. Sustainable fisheries and forestry are also of special interest.
Recent news from Steffan
- 7 Mar 2014 | Press Release
- 4 Mar 2014 | Blog post
- 24 Feb 2014 | Press Release
- 20 Feb 2014 | Press Release
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