Kia ora koutou. Ko Calli Veludos toku ingoa.
Although I am not New Zealand born, Aotearoa has been my home for over twenty years – longer than any other “home” I have ever known.
I am grateful every day for that decision to come here long ago; the land, its people and the way of life are things to be treasured and protected. I am not a politician nor do I have any desire to be one, however, my passion for the preservation of my home and my people of choice has lead me to stand for election.
I have been a teacher for the best part of thirty years, working within communities from a diverse range of cultures, socio-economic status and beliefs, and children with diverse abilities and backgrounds. I am currently studying for my Masters in Education, focusing on equity and inclusion. This wealth of experience and knowledge will inform my decisions and choices in any kind of work I do in the future.
I am a strong advocate for inclusion, informed choice, individual sovereignty and collective empowerment. My vision for Aotearoa is one where every individual has the ability and opportunity to live a fulfilling and happy life, and I will work tirelessly to make this vision come to fruition.