Greens seek Taupo vote
A ballet school owner and expert on sustainability will campaign for the party vote for the Greens in the Taupo electorate in this year’s general election.
The Green Party confirmed Auckland businesswoman, 33-year old Julie Sandilands, as its candidate for the electorate.
Sandilands grew up in Rotorua but discovered the Green Party while working in Germany.
She like the party’s values so much that she joined the Greens immediately when she returned to New Zealand to live.
The Taupo electorate included Cambridge and Sandilands was realistic about her chances of toppling incumbent, National MP Louise Upston.
Not even on the Greens list, she is encouraging the electorate to use the party vote for the Greens.
Sandilands is passionate about future proofing the contribution of small business to New Zealand.
‘‘Small businesses who care about the environment should be encouraged and rewarded for their efforts,’’ she said.
She is promoting the Green Party’s Party Business Tax Breaks for Clean Transport Options. It was a policy which removed Fringe Benefits Tax on electric cars and rewarded businesses offering sustainable transport options to employees.
‘‘It’s a great example of how the Greens will work with small businesses to ensure they are both profitable and sustainable.
‘‘With many small business owners in the Taupo electorate working intimately with the environment, they understand the importance of preserving our natural environment.’’
Sandilands had previously worked as an adviser to the metal and mining industry on improving the sustainability of their products.
She worked with metal and mining companies across different countries. It showed her how important it was for governments and industries to work together to create more sustainable outcomes.
The Green Party commitment to clean water is emphasised by policies such as the Taonga Levy.
Sandilands believes this would be of benefit to the Taupo electorate, as many businesses rely on tourists.
Julie Sandilands is standing for the Greens in the Taupo electorate.