My principal place of residence is in the District-Wide Councillor area.
I was born and raised around Taranaki, a fluent Te Reo speaker and proud product of New Plymouth with professional experience in; technology, customer service, sales and entertainment - both as a business owner and employee.
In my formative years I grew up in multiple households across different backgrounds and for this reason I've been a bridge between worlds and an example for what collaboration between multiple communities can look like. At 34 years old, those 25 years and younger say I'm old and those over 40 say I'm young so once again, I find myself as a bridge, in this case - between generations.
Through my professions, my podcast, my life experience and the multiple community projects I've been a part of throughout my journey - I've found a passion in explaining and re-explaining the misunderstandings between people and finding common ground towards solutions beneficial for all.
Yes. No one likes paying more. However, from my point of view, it sounds like the current council did an adequate job explaining the reasons for an increase in rates, as most of the community understood the reasons. For these reasons I can’t disagree with the decision made by the current council.
The reforms need a lot of work, such as New Plymouth being a part of Entity B. I absolutely love the co-governance element to the reforms, any opportunity for partners of Te Tiriti to work together is a step in the right direction. So I’m divided.
Yes. We all need to be doing more. Especially if we really want to be the Sustainable Lifestyle Capital like we claim. When you make bold statements like that you need to be a leader and an innovator in that space. Bring back the main street mall and add some trams to the suburbs.
Yes. Undoubtedly. I see a huge opportunity for investment into support mechanisms that will empower local businesses to take advantage of international and domestic markets online. E-Commerce is my “bread and butter” so to speak and New Plymouth has untapped potential to make great sandwiches.
Taranaki roads: Like no other.
Over the last 3 years I have been in council chambers and have seen first hand the frustrations that present NPDC continues to endure with Waka Kotahi. We need to persist and I plan to bring some fresh perspective and reinvigorated energy to the cause.
Sports play a huge role in the mental and physical well-being of humans and this centre will not only be a hub for sports but also a hub for us all to learn the history of New Plymouth. The investment into the wellbeing and healing of our community cannot be overstated.
Mental health will be my key priority. In New Plymouth there is an overwhelming need for better mental health services and huge opportunities for businesses to be more digitally fluent. Creating an environment where we can actively invest into our own mental health services off the success of local businesses is a huge opportunity.