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Greens' youngest candidate to stand in Mana

Greens' youngest candidate to stand in Mana

Twenty-nine-year-old Nikki Harvey will be the Green Party's candidate in the Mana electorate in the upcoming election, Green Party MP Sue Kedgley says.

"I'm thrilled to have a vibrant young candidate like Nikki to deliver the Green message in Mana," Ms Kedgley says.

A paragliding enthusiast, Nikki is a professional occupational therapist who has worked locally at Porirua Psychiatric Hospital and Mana Community Enterprises Vocational Rehabilitation Centre. Her local activism has included coordinating an Organic Gardens for Health project for the Porirua Union and Community Health Service.

"As an electorate candidate, my aim is to convince as many Mana voters as possible to give their Party Vote to the Greens so we can increase our numbers and influence in Parliament," Ms Harvey says.

The Greens took 7.4 percent of Mana's Party Vote in 2002, better than their 7 percent vote nationally.

Some of the Greens' highest polling booths in 2002 were in Mana, with 26.4 percent at St Peters Church, 17.9 percent at Paekakariki School, 14.9 percent at Raumati Memorial Hall, 13.2 percent at Raumati School, and 11.5 percent and 12 percent in Plimmerton.

Please find a profile of Nikki attached.

ENDS


Nicola (Nikki) Harvey

Candidate Profile: Green Party Candidate for Mana electorate

Age

29

Born

Epsom, England

Arrived in New Zealand 2000

New Zealand citizenship granted 2005

Qualifications and training

BHScHons Occupational Therapy

Dip in Sustainable Land Use Management and Design

Employment

I have been an occupational Therapist for the past five years. I work in acquired brain injury rehabilitation. My work experience is as follows:

- Currently working in Cavit ABI, a rehabilitation unit in Lower Hutt.

- Coordinated Organic Gardens for Health Project Porirua Union and Community Health Service, part-time (2003-2004).

- Trade Union rep (Public Service Association), (2001-2002).

- Mana Community Enterprises Vocational Rehabilitation Centre (2002-2003).

- Porirua Psychiatric Hospital (2000-2002).

- Support and Hostel worker (Probation Services), part time (1995-1998).

Community work

- Assisted in youth project for local travelling community, part-time (1996).

- Lived and worked in a French homeless community (1995).

- Executive Committee member Permaculture in NZ (PINZ) (2004-present).

Interests

- Active member of the Wellington Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (2004).

- Plays assortment of musical instruments.

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