Green Party List released on Earth Day
22 April 2005
Green Party List released on Earth Day
The Green Party’s talented team of candidates for this year’s election will attract as many voters as the party’s forward-thinking and practical policies, Green co-leaders Jeanette Fitzsimons and Rod Donald say.
The party has chosen International Earth Day for the release of its top 30 list candidates to reinforce its strong environmental foundations. The returning MPs fill the top eight places.
“There is a huge depth of talent and experience among the new candidates, who have made a strong contribution in their respective fields,” Mr Donald says.
“New Zealand will benefit greatly from them strengthening the Green team, which represents a broad cross-section of constituencies and is well-balanced.
“The completion of the list is one of the final stages the party has to undergo in preparation for the upcoming election, meaning everything is ready for the big day - whenever it is.”
Ms Fitzsimons says she is very proud to be part of the only party that selects its list using a democratic process involving votes from all members.
The Green Party is only the second party to announce its list and proves that democracy is not a barrier to timeliness, she says.
“The members have expressed confidence in all of the existing MPs and have selected new candidates with a range of expertise in as varied fields as organic farming, treaty issues, environmental toxins and social justice.
“We are looking forward to an increased representation in Parliament in order to deliver real progress on environmental and social justice issues for the benefit of all New Zealanders,” she says.
Party list and profiles of top 15 candidates
Green Party List for 2005 Election
1. FITZSIMONS, Jeanette Thames candidate for Coromandel 2. DONALD, Rod Christchurch candidate for Banks Peninsula 3. BRADFORD, Sue Kaitaia candidate for Northland 4. KEDGLEY, Sue Wellington candidate for Wellington Central 5. LOCKE, Keith Auckland candidate for Epsom 6. TUREI, Metiria Dunedin standing for selection in Te Tai Tonga 7. TANCZOS, Nandor Hamilton candidate for Auckland Central 8. WARD, Mike Nelson candidate for Nelson 9. DELAHUNTY, Catherine Gisborne candidate for East Coast 10. NORMAN, Russel Wellington list candidate 11. BROWNING, Steffan Blenheim candidate for Kaikoura 12. CLENDON, David Auckland candidate for Waitakere 13. HIGHFIELD, Luci Wellington candidate for Rongotai 14. CARAPIET, Jon Auckland standing for selection in Mt Albert 15. SAPSFORD, Roland Wellington candidate for Ohariu Belmont 16. MATHERS, Mojo Coalgate candidate for Rakaia 17. CURTIS, Mikaere Auckland list candidate 18. BRUCE, Paul Wellington standing for selection in Hutt South 19. ELLEY, Jeanette Auckland standing for selection in E.Coast Bays 20. STRICKSON-PUA, Mua Auckland standing for selection in Mangere 21 DAVIES, Richard Wellington candidate for West Coast Tasman 22. GRIFFITHS, Lois Christchurch candidate for Ilam 23. CUTLER-WELSH, Natalie Christchurch candidate for Christchurch Central 24. PEARCE, Jane Oamaru candidate for Otago 25. REID, Amanda Rotorua candidate for Rotorua 26. O'HALLORAN, Lawrence Palmerston North candidate for Palmerston North 27. GREEN, Richard Auckland candidate for New Lynn 28. BLEAKLEY, Claire Featherston candidate for Wairarapa 29. BENTLEY, Irene Auckland standing for selection in Manukau East 30. CARSON, Craig Invercargill standing for selection in Invercargill
List Selection Process:
The Green Party list selection is done in two stages using a wholly democratic process involving the entire party.
Stage One: Stage one involves an electoral college involving around 100 people, including candidates, who form an initial list.
Stage Two: The initial list is sent out to all
eligible party members with a voting paper and information
on all of the candidates. Their votes make up the final
list. The voting process is carried out by an external
Jeanette Fitzsimons Kauaeranga Valley, Thames
Born 1945, Dunedin Pakeha
Qualifications and training: BA, Dip Tchg
Occupation: MP 8 years
Previous employment: Uni tutor then lecturer, 12 years; freelance researcher; language teacher; schoolteacher
Voluntary work: voluntary work for environmental NGOs.
Community connections: Values Party candidate 1977, 1978, 1981; Greens since 1990; Biological Producers Council 1989-90; Environmental Council 1985-88 etc
Green Party experience: Co-leader since 1995; first elected 1996.
Public policy interests: Energy, especially sustainable energy solutions; environment including toxics, waste, environmental law; transport.
Other: Raised two children; involved in managing organic farm; previously violinist and singer.
Rod Donald Christchurch
Born 1957, Christchurch Pakeha Qualifications and training: Higher School Certificate (St Andrews College, 1975), Massey University (1987-1994) partly completed Diploma in Business Studies
Occupation: Member of Parliament (1996 - ): Spokesperson on Trade, Electoral Reform, Regional Development, Finance and Revenue, Superannuation; Member of Finance & Expenditure, Business, Standing Orders and Parliamentary Service Committees. Previous employment: New Zealand Co-ordinator – Trade Aid Importers (1990-96); Public Affairs Manager – Volunteer Service Abroad (1986-90); National Publicity Officer -Youth Hostels Association (1984-86); Administrator – Tenants Protections Association (1983); Administrator – Te Whanau Trust (community action, business and housing co-op) (1979-1983); Christchurch City Council Recycling Officer (1978-79); Canterbury Environment Centre (1976-77).
Community connections: Extensive involvement with wide range of community, environment and social justice organisations including CORSO, Christchurch Small Business Enterprise Centre, Co-operative Enterprise Loans Trust, Ecology Action, Organic Garden City Trust plus voluntary roles in most groups I have worked for in a paid capacity. Green Party Experience: Green Party member (1994 - ); Co-Leader (1995 - ) Musterer (2002 - ) Electoral Reform Coalition national spokesperson 1989-93, Labour Party member 1982 – 88, Values Party Member 1974-79. Policy interests: Trade & investment, sustainable economics, electoral reform.
Policy distinction: I believe representation of Maori on local bodies would be improved better through the introduction of STV than by creating separate Maori seats.
Sue Bradford Kaitaia
Born 1952, Auckland Pakeha New Zealander Qualifications and training: BA & MA (Hons) – Chinese language; History & Politics; Diploma of Journalism. Occupation: Member of Parliament (since Dec 99). Previous employment: Community development worker & political organiser – unemployed & beneficiaries’ movement (1983 – 1999); Tutor in Not for Profit Management, Unitec (1995 – 99).
Voluntary and other work: Mother of 5 children; involved in activist politics since 1967. Community connections: Chairperson, Auckland Peoples Centres (1990-99); Trustee, Kotare Research & Education for Social Change (1995 – present day); Trustee, Auckland Region Employment Resource Centre (1989 – 1997); Trustee COMMACT Aotearoa (Commonwealth NGO – community economic development) (1995 – present day). Green Party experience: Rejoined Green Party 1998 & active at branch, provincial & national level since; stood for Auckland Mayoralty for Green Party 1998; stood in Rodney electorate 1999 & 2002 elections – list MP since Dec 1999.
Currently Convenor national Campaign Committee. Policy interests: Work & Income/Employment & unemployment; Community & Voluntary sector, including Community Economic Development; Housing; Mental Health; Disability Issues, Children’s' Issues, Fishing & Marine environment.
Other: I have a strong commitment to the kaupapa of Te Tiriti, & actively worked alongside tangata whenua in the unemployed movement, including as national coordinator for Te Roopu Rawakore o Aotearoa in the 1980s. I now live in the rohe of Te Rarawa with whom my family has ancestral connections, and am enjoying the opportunity of strengthening personal and political ties.
Sue Kedgley Wellington
Qualifications and training: MA(Hons) Political Science Occupation: Green MP, 1999 – present Previous employment: Wellington City Councillor (Green Party) 1992-99: TVNZ Reporter/ Director/ Producer 1982-6: Independent film-maker, 1986-88: Director of Communications, MAF, 1988-90: Information Officer, Womens Secretariat, United Nations Secretariat, promoting women’s issues, 1973-6: Special Assistant, Assistant Secretary General, United Nations Secretariat, organising international conferences, 1976-81.
Voluntary and other work: Author or co-author of six books, most recent one: Eating Safely in a Toxic World; Deputy Chair, Health Select Committee, Parliament. Community connections: Founder, Co-convenor, Safe Food Campaign, 1994-1999: Founder, Co-Convenor, National Food Safety Network: Executive, 1998-9: Chair, Consultation Committee, Wellington City Council, 1995-8: Chair, Transport Committee, Wellington City Council, 1995: Executive member, Mediawomen, 1983-6: Executive member, United Nations Staff Union, 1978-81: Convenor, National Organisation for Women (NOW) 1972-3: Founder member, Auckland University Women’s Liberation movement, 1971: Executive, Student Union, Victoria University, 1967-8.
Green Party experience: Member since 1990: Was elected as a Green City Councillor in 1992 and 1998: Chair, Campaign Committee Marketing group, Green Party 2004: Member, Campaign Committee, 2003-4. Policy interests: Food Safety – improving quality of food in New Zealand, especially food that children eat. Health – especially environmental causes of ill health and the need for a much more holistic approach to health. Animal Welfare - private members bills on phasing out battery hen cages and sow crates and on animal experimentation: Broadcasting and Wellington Transport Issues.
Keith Locke Mt Eden, Auckland
Born 1944, Christchurch European Qualifications and training: B.Sc (Hons), MA. Occupation: Green Member of Parliament. Previous employment: 1990-99: Manager of One World Books (specialising in social justice and environmental books); 1986-90: National Coordinator, Philippines Solidarity Network; 1978-86: factory worker (in car assembly, railways, meat processing); 1972-77: editor of a Left newspaper; 1970-72: Sociology Lecturer, Victoria University.
Voluntary work and community connections: The first political organisation I joined was Forest and Bird in Christchurch. I’ve also held responsible positions in various peace and international social justice groups (eg. anti-Vietnam war, the Wellington Latin America Committee and Auckland People Against Frigates). I’ve also been active in unions as a job delegate, and in supporting Maori causes, from Bastion Point on. I’ve helped civil liberties groups like Amnesty and aid groups like Trade Aid.
Green Party experience: Joined the Green Party in 1997. A Green Member of Parliament since 1999. Policy interests: During my time as a Member of Parliament I’ve been the Green Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs, Defence, Disarmament, Immigration, Human Rights, Police, Transport (associate) and Industrial Relations (associate). Other: Civil society awards: 2001: “Courage Under Fire” award (Dominion Post); 2002: “Backbencher of the Year” Award (New Zealand Herald); 2003: “Politician of the Year” Award (Chris Trotter, on Radio New Zealand), 2004: "Conscience of the Year" (Scoop Awards).
Metiria Turei Caversham, Dunedin
Born 1970, Palmerston North Ati Hau Nui a Paparangi, Ngati Kahunungu ki Wairarapa, Rangitane Qualifications and training: LLB (1999) Occupation: Member of Parliament, nearly three years Previous employment: Resource Management Lawyer, 3 years. Previously employed as a decorative plant attendant, research assistant at the DSIR and coordinator of the Palmerston North Workers Unemployed Rights Centre. Also been unemployed and on the DPB.
Community connections: Te Hunga Roia Maori, Maori Lawyers Association Co-President, involved with Anarchist Movement, McGillicuddies and NORML. Also been on the Board of Trustees of a Primary School as well as various Maori movements and organisations. Green Party experience: Green member since 2000, Executive Networker (Akld), Provincial Coconvenor (Akld), Member of Parliament. Policy Interests: My primary experience is in Maori political and legal issues such as fisheries, treaty settlements and more recently foreshore and seabed. Also experienced in Resource Management Act issues from a legal point of view.
I have significant experience in justice issues, unemployed rights, civil rights, family law and issues for young people. I have some experience in the education area, special needs and teacher union issues as well as a developing understanding of Green economics in all its forms. I have no areas of significant disagreement with any Green Party policy.
Other: My experience over the last 20 years is
very broad and ranges from anarchist activism to
establishment party politics, unemployed to lawyer and lots
in between. But through all these different formations I am
motivated by the desire to remedy injustice. All people are
entitled to self determination – their right to be
responsible for themselves and their communities, whether it
be the struggle for a Te Tiriti-based nation or young people
seeking an identity and future other than the blind pursuit
Nandor Tanczos Auckland
Born 1966. Permanent resident of New Zealand since 1975, citizen for around a decade. Pakeha of Hungarian and South African descent
Qualifications and training: B.Soc.Sci, Cert Permaculture, Diploma in Sustainable Land Management
Employment and Voluntary Work: MP (1999 to now), Co. Director (1996 - 1999), Magazine editor (1990, 1992–95), educator (various). NORML Board of Directors (1992 – 95, now a life member), Trustee of Catalyst Trust (1990 – present) co-founder of OneLove Waitangi Day celebrations
Green Party experience: Green Party member since 1997, coordinator of Wild Greens (1997 – 1999), MP since 1999.
Policy interests: Justice – civil rights (educator and para-legal), interest in restorative justice, youth justice, policing issues. Constitutional change – specifically interested in arguments re written constitution and Te Tiriti. Drug Law Reform – 14 years experience in drug law reform campaigning.
Other: As a new father, I am striving to find and model how to balance the demands of being an effective MP and being a loving and supportive father and spouse.
Mike Ward Nelson
Born 1942, Hastings. Pakeha Married, three adult children, four grand-daughters Qualifications and training: Dip. Teaching; Dip. Fine Arts. (Sculpture) Christchurch Teachers College,1962,63, and Canterbury University 65-68.
Occupation: Member of Parliament, Green Party. 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).
Community connections: JP, Patron Lifeline Nelson, Chair Nelson Community Organic Gardens Trust, Trustee Port Nelson Charitable Trust. Green Party / political experience: 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: Current portfolios: waste; tourism; arts and culture; senior citizens; sports, fitness and leisure; small business/buy local; and associate transport and local government . Other: Multi-sports athlete: Coast to Coast 1983-2005.
Catherine Delahunty East Coast
Born 1953, Wellington, one daughter (26yrs) Pakeha Qualifications and training: Half B.A., Certificate in Adult Teaching Occupation: Education co-ordinator/tutor for Kotare Trust (since 1999), mediator/facilitator (since 1990) Previous employment: Sewage/ RMA mediator – Gisborne/Whaingaroa(1997- 2001) (Community Work Certificate Co-ordinator (1997-1999), Greenpeace Community Action /toxics(1993-96), Youth Worker/Polytechnic tutor (1991-1993), Campaign Promotions Dept of Conservation (1989 -1991), NZ Conservation Corps pilot (1988-1990), Co-ordinator Coromandel Watchdog Group(1985-1987), Fleeco (1977- 1996)
Voluntary and other work: Colville School Board of Trustees, Women’s/Environment Representative on the Thames/Coromandel Regional Development Council, Facilitator/mediator in community issues, Te Tiriti workshops, anti mining campaign organiser (12 years), Oho Ake network member (wastewater/anti racism campaigns, Te Tairawhiti), Trustee, Tairawhiti Beneficiary Advocacy Trust Community connections: Established SSSA (Secondary Schools Students Association) 1968–1970, activist/organiser Coromandel Watchdog (1980- 1998), environmental representative Resource Management Bill 1991, APEC protest organiser (1999), AK GE Free facilitation/ GE Free March team (2001), founding member of the Tairawhiti Beneficiary Advocacy Trust. Green Party Experience: Party Member since 1999.
- Auckland Campaign Manager 1999 election, Auckland Co Convenor 2000-2002, East Coast candidate 2002, electorate contact East Coast 2002- 2004, Female National Co Convenor (2002- 2004), Convenor Strategic Plan group (2002-2004). Policy Interests: RMA issues, education, Te Tiriti from a Pakeha perspective, Women’s’ affairs, toxics, sustainable forestry, water, conservation.
Russel Norman Mt Cook, Wellington
Born 1967, Brisbane. Lived in NZ since 1997. Pakeha/New Zealand European. Qualifications and training: BA (Hons), PhD (politics). Occupation: Green Party National Campaign Manager (from December 2004) Previous employment: Green Party Researcher/Advisor 2002-4; Executive Secretary to Sue Bradford 2001-2; Out-of-Parliament Secretary to Keith and Nandor 2001; Researcher/marker for Unitec Not-for-Profit Management course 2001; Organic market gardener and native bush regeneration 1998-9; Farmhand on organic farm 1997-9; PhD Scholarship 1996-7; Gardener 1994-5; Car assembly-line worker 1990-2; Sheetmetal worker 1989-90; Nurse's Aid 1988.
Community connections: Wellington Forest and Bird 2002-4; Initiator and Co-Convenor Auckland GE Free Coalition and Coordinator of first big GE Free rally 2001; Member of Friends of Cactus Bay 2001. Green Party experience: Convenor and Treasurer, Magazine Board 2004-5; Member, Executive Communications Committee 2003-4; Green candidate, Rimutaka 2002; Party Representative on Caucus 2002; Co-Convenor, Auckland Greens 2001; Editor, Auckland Provincial Newsletter 1998-9.
I joined the NZ Greens in 1997. Actively involved in rebuilding the Waiheke and Auckland Green organisations and in the local and national election campaigns in 1998-9. I was active in Australian Greens 1995-6. Policy interests: Conservation (a passion); Health (I was the Green parliamentary researcher). We need MPs who have the flexibility to cover a range of portfolios. As a researcher I’ve covered food safety, trade, foreign affairs, housing, community sector, and more. Other: Involved in many environmental and social justice campaigns in Australia eg. student fees, union issues, Aboriginal land rights, peace, and native forest logging.
Steffan Browning Blenheim
Born 1954, Clyde. Pakeha Qualifications and training: U.E. 1971. Nurse training 18 months. Occupation: For the past 16 years has run a successful Bio-Gro certified horticulture business employing up to 10 workers and operating NZ's largest organic heated glasshouse. The business observed the Kyoto protocol voluntarily and won both the Horticulture and Supreme awards in the 2003 Marlborough Rural Environmental Awards.
Is currently winding down this business and working part-time for Ian Ewen-Street as an outreach worker. Previous Employment: Health sector worker, garden and landscape contractor and owner of Blenheim's first organic shop from 1997 to 2003.
Voluntary work and community connections: Voluntary environmental advocate since 1993 - issues including organics, GE, waste, spraydrift and biodiversity. Co-chair of Friends of Nelson Haven & Tasman Bay. Active member of Marlborough Environment Centre and Marlborough Soil & Health Organics Group. Over past ten years has gained huge experience of RMA process and working on marine farming applications, gaining iwi support and winning appeals in the Environment Court. Co-chair of the Soil & Health Association of NZ and member of the Bio-Gro board and certification committee.
Currently involved with the establishment of a national organic board. Founding member of the Marlborough Farmers' Market. Has well developed networks on local social issues; regularly attends the Marlborough Community Workers Forum and has been a member of school committees and boards. Gained valuable experience in presenting the Green viewpoint in articles and in interviews for newspapers, radio and TV. Green Party experience:
Green Party member
since 1992. Local branch committee, delegate and on the
campaign team twice. 19th on Green list in 2002. District
Council candidate in the 2001 & 2004 local body elections.
Policy interests: Organic agriculture, pesticides/safe food,
sustainable aquaculture and fisheries, eco-system management
and small business.
David Clendon Mt Albert, Auckland
Born 1955, Helensville Maori,
Qualifications and training: B.A; MSc (Hons); GCHE.
Occupation: Lecturer in resource management, 6 years.
Previous employment: Lecturer political studies; manager engineering supply company; wholefoods retailer.
Voluntary Work and Community connections: Have been active in a number of environmental protection groups, community organizations (including residents / ratepayers and school board of trustees), and have provided assistance to various NGOs in matters relating to planning and resource management.
Green Party Experience: Joined Greens in 1990, roles have included electorate contact, provincial treasurer, executive networker, national co-convenor, local body and parliamentary candidate.
Policy interests: include Local Government; Environmental Education; Research, Science and Technology. I have taught and researched in these areas, and see them as areas where existing structures, funding and delivery models demand attention.
Iwi Affiliation: Ngapuhi me Te Roroa. My Pakeha ancestors settled in Aotearoa about 180 years ago. There is no other place I would wish to call home, and feel it is both a privilege and a responsibility to make some positive contribution to its wellbeing.
Luci Highfield Wellington
Born 1966, Bristol, England. Lived in NZ since I was a baby. Pakeha Qualifications and training: BA (Political Studies), LLB, Barrister & Solicitor of the High Court of NZ Occupation: Legal Officer, Service & Food Workers Union, since 1995 Previous employment: 1980s-early 1990s: student, forestry worker, security officer Voluntary work and community connections: NZ Council of Trade Unions – Women’s Council co-convenor (current), various policy work groups, founding member of the Out@Work trade union network, Wellington Working Women’s Resource Centre (1995-1999) 14 weeks paid parental leave, Women’s Action for Service & Homeworkers, Women against globalisation conference (1999), Whitireia Community Law Centre advisory group (1996 – 1998).
International: Co-author of the chapter on New Zealand Labour Law in Asia Pacific Labour Law Review 1999, Author of the chapter on changes to labour law in Aotearoa/New Zealand in Workers’ Rights for the New Century, participated in labour law conferences Bangkok (2002) and Beijing (1998 and 2004), NZCTU representative at the ILO Regional Tripartite Meeting in Bangkok on Challenges to Labour Migration Policy and Management in Asia June 2003. Green Party experience: Joined Green Party November 2001 (previously member of Alliance), member of IR policy network group (2003–2004), Rongotai electorate executive and secretary (2004) Other: Industrial relations, Women’s Affairs, Rainbow issues (active lesbian, out@work activist). I have extensive experience in the law making process, including lobbying, select committee processes, statute formulation, interpretation and implementation.
Jon Carapiet Sandringham, Auckland
I am of Anglo-Armenian descent. Born 1963, Ghana. Qualifications and training: BA (Hons.) St Johns College, Cambridge University, (1985); M.Phil., University of Auckland, (1995) Occupation: Researcher and Brand Consultant, Writer/artist. Previous employment: 1985-1991 Advertising account director, 1992-95 Exhibiting artist/ photographer, 1995-7 Market Research director Voluntary Work: Consumer Advocate since 1995; National Spokesman for GE Free NZ (in food and environment) since 1998; Phone Counselling Volunteer (1982-4); PhotoForum Organising Committee (1992-5); Co-organiser for 'Buy Nothing Day' (1998).
Active in the Arts community inc lecturing at schools and colleges. Helped organise Rainbow Greens float in the 1998 HERO parade and Pride march. Participant in the Hikoi of Hope, 1998. Speaker on the GE issue at marae and on Iwi radio, and until November 2003 spokesperson for the Auckland GE-Free coalition. Green Party experience: Green Party candidate for Maungakiekie in 1999 and Mt Albert in 2002. City Vision candidate for local Council 2004. National Spokesman for GE Free NZ (in food and environment).
Policy Interests: My interests include climate change, ethical business and fair trade, human rights, opposing water privatisation, and promoting Aotearoa New Zealand as a GE-free and organic food producer. Other: I see an urgent need for planning responses to climate change through renewable energy and conservation. I support investing in sustainable and ethical business development and fair trade, including removing water from the Commerce Act, and funding a new ‘Buy New Zealand-made’ campaign. I also believe New Zealand will benefit by being positioned as a GE-free food supplier with more sustainable organic production and ethical use of biotechnology in containment.
Roland Sapsford Wellington
Born 1964, Wellington Pakeha; one child Qualifications and training: BA(Hons): economic theory. “Ecology, Gaia and the Systems View of Life” at Schumacher College, UK. Training in medicine, massage, counselling, conflict resolution. Occupation: Strategic advisor, Green Parliamentary office. Previous employment: Self-employed facilitator and advisor (four years); Environment ministry policy advisor (5 yrs), assorted jobs including assistant funeral director, bus driver, parking warden, tutor and counsellor. Voluntary and other work:
Founding trustee of Sustainable Futures Trust and Te Aro Heritage Trust. Lead PSA negotiator for my workplace 1995/96. Community connections: Campaigning to save historic Te Aro community from a motorway since early ’90s; leading role in Aro Valley Community Council (from 1994); mentor for successful activist groups Waterfront Watch and Native Forest Action; board member Our City Our Future sustainable city initiative 1996-98;
VUW Students Association postgrad representative 1989-90; speaker and trainer for numerous groups including Activism in Aotearoa, WEA, and U3A. Green Party experience: Member since ’93. Green Counsellor. Candidate in 2002. National AGM facilitator (5 years). Campaign co-manager 1999. National policy convenor ’96-’99 Policy Interests Green economics, sustainable transport, energy, and environmental policy (eg air and water quality, RMA, biodiversity).