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Candidate for Mt Albert selected by Kiwi Party

Candidate for Mt Albert selected by Kiwi Party

The Kiwi Party
Press Release
May 4, 2009

The Kiwi Party has today completed its candidate selection for the Mt Albert by-election and chosen Simonne Dyer. In the 2008 elections she was no. 5 on the Kiwi Party list.

Party Leader Larry Baldock said, "Simonne is an exceptional woman with a life time of service to many. Mt Albert voters will be enriched to hear what she has to say and offer on the campaign trail over the next 5 weeks," said Mr Baldock. As a former CEO for 10 years of what was the worlds largest hospital ship, the MV Anastasis, Simonne Dyer has a wealth of experience.

"No other candidate in this by-election will be speaking about the importance of returning our nation to its foundational values. Labour, National, Act and the Greens have all played a part in passing legislation in Parliament that has undermined the 'timeless values' that have made our nation great in the past.

"We now suffer from the consequences of horrendous social breakdown, with mounting costs associated with divorce and relationship breakdown, resulting in more and more children raised without fathers or mothers. We have also recently seen our democratic principles undermined with the passage of the Anti-smacking law by parliament in defiance of 80% opposition from the general public.

"Mt Albert would be doing themselves and the whole nation a favour by sending Simonne Dyer to Wellington to speak out on these issues in a Parliament suffering from a deafening silence when it comes to our 'timeless values' as a nation."

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SIMONNE DYER – Profile

EDUCATION:
• Certificate in Social Studies – Auckland University. 1967
• BA with a major in Biblical Theology – New Covenant International Bible College. 1987
• Ordained Minister – Evangelical Church Alliance, U.S.A. 1988. Licensed with Grace Fellowships NZ. 1999
• Attended numerous management training seminars and courses in the U.S. (Princeton Management Associates, World Vision, AERDO – Assn. of Evangelical Relief & Development Organisations)
• Listed in 1998 International Who’s Who of Professionals

DECORATIONS:
• Officer, Order of Public Health, Ivory Coast, West Africa. 1992
• Queen Mother, Health and Welfare, Ga Tribe, Ghana, West Africa. 1994

WORK HISTORY:
• 5 years in Chartered Accountancy practice. 1969-1974
• 5 years P.A. to Managing Director of manufacturing business. 1974-1979
• 3 years church administrator. 1980-1983
• 3 years assistant to President of Mercy Ships, an international, interdenominational Christian relief and development organization
• based out of Texas, U.S.A., owning and operating 3 ships supplying medical, surgical, dental, agricultural, and construction assistance, and community health and sanitation training in developing nations. 1984-1986
• 2 years Chief Administrative Officer of the M/V Anastasis, responsible for daily operations of the Anastasis, the largest of the Mercy Ships. This 12,000 ton vessel had 400 crew, and was equipped with 3 operating rooms, a 32 bed hospital, X-ray and laboratory facilities, training school, and community health, construction, and agricultural teams. 1987-1988
• 10 years Chief Executive Officer/Director of the Anastasis and Vice President of Mercy Ships. Responsible for all phases of the operation of the vessel, including oversight of internal running; planning of itinerary; negotiating with governments of developing nations; overseeing annual budget of approximately $3,000,000 U.S; networking with other NGOs; teaching in Bible Schools, seminars, conferences on numerous Christian topics, management skills and techniques, and conflict solving; involved in T.V., radio, and newspaper interviews and programmes; member of governing council of Mercy Ships planning and overseeing implementation of vision for the organization. 1989-1998
• Member of Mercy Ships Boards in Germany, Norway, and the United Kingdom. 1991-1998
• Returned to New Zealand 1999
• Pastor of Gateway Church Hibiscus Coast, Red Beach. 1999 – March 2008
• Currently co-owner with husband Bob in our business with Herbalife International.

POLITICS & COMMUNITY
• Board member of Te Herenga Waka O Orewa working to establish a marae on the Hibiscus Coast. 2002 – present
• Attended 1 year of Te Reo learning.
• Established an NGO, HETA Trust – Hibiscus Coast East Timor Appeal Trust - working in East Timor to raise the living standards in poor villages. Serve as Board Chair. 2001- present
• Involved in Pro-Life initiatives
• 2007 gathered signatures for petition on Anti-smacking referendum
• 2008 joined Kiwi Party Stood as candidate for Rodney Electorate.

PERSONAL DETAILS:
• Married to Robert, retired American eye surgeon. (Great guy)
• Mother of 4 adult children, 3 daughters and 1 son. (1 daughter deceased)
• Grandmother of 11 grandchildren

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