I grew up on an Otago farm. I completed University in Ōtepoti Dunedin, then lived in rural France working on orchards, farms and eco-entreprises in the Cévennes. Later I worked as an intern on rural policy at the European Parliament.

My environmentalism stems from these early experiences and my love of the outdoors. I’ve devoted my adult life to driving and achieving practical, effective climate solutions, working with government big and small, academia, NGOs, and business. Most recently I’ve been working in the Māori and community energy sectors to foster resilience and to help whānau out of the black hole of energy hardship. I’ve also encountered many frustrating barriers. But I’m convinced that by working together we are able to implement solutions to decarbonise our economy, build food and energy sovereignty, and achieve social justice.

My political catalyst came in 2018. The IPCC report convinced me to step into the political arena and I stood as the Green Candidate for the Taieri Electorate in 2020. 

I value community collaboration to deliver a more socially and environmentally just world, respecting Papatūānuku.

Now I need your support to turn the South Green. I bring my long standing experience in the energy sector, my work with whānau, my understanding of energy hardship and my deep connection to rural communities, all through a climate lens, to bear on the urgent task we confront: an economy of enough restoring nature and ensuring wellbeing.

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