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.

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