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How and why did you get into pol­i­tics?

I have al­ways been in­ter­ested in pol­i­tics. When I was younger I would fol­low each elec­tion pe­riod very closely. That led to me study­ing pol­i­tics at univer­sity.

How do you nor­mally spend your time?

I re­cently com­pleted a bach­e­lors de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence and eco­nomics at the Univer­sity of Waikato. I in­tend to go back to univer­sity next year to study teach­ing. I also am a mem­ber of the Red Cross wel­fare re­sponse team and co- con­vene the Greens on Cam­pus at Waikato.

Why did you choose the Greens?

I be­lieve the Greens de­liver the best di­rec­tion for New Zealand.

I want to be a part of de­liv­er­ing the Green Party vi­sion and that is why I have cho­sen to stand in this elec­tion.

Why are you stand­ing for the Taupo elec­torate?

I grew up in Pu­taruru, in the north­ern part of the Taupo elec­torate. I have a con­nec­tion with the area.

I want to spread the Green Party mes­sage in the area and make sure peo­ple are giv­ing their party vote to the Greens on Novem­ber 26.

What do you be­lieve the big is­sues are na­tion­ally? How do you be­lieve Green’s pol­icy can ad­dress this?

New Zealand has to ad­dress the poverty gap. There are far too many chil­dren go­ing to school with­out break­fast or not get­ting the qual­ity of life they de­serve. This needs to be ad­dressed. The Green Party has made it a pri­or­ity to get 100,000 chil­dren out of poverty by 2014. That is some­thing I am proud to sup­port.

Is there any­thing else you think is im­por­tant?

The ref­er­en­dum on MMP. This is an ex­tremely im­por­tant vote at the elec­tion as it de­ter­mines our method of elect­ing Par­lia­ment.

I sup­port MMP be­cause it is the only vot­ing sys­tem that gives a par­lia­ment that is pro­por­tional ac­cord­ing to what the peo­ple de­cide. Un­der MMP ev­ery­one’s vote counts.

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