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Kiwi born and breed, raised in Matahina, a forestry village in the Bay of Plenty. Hunting and fishing was an intrinsic part of the small town, close knit community I grew up in. Having access and opportunity to partake in the great outdoors is one of the great things New Zealand has to offer. As an adult, I moved to Rotorua where I worked in Engineering for a company fabricating logging equipment for the transport industry and raised a family. My daughters are older now and both live in Australia.
I have lived in Auckland over 20 years, I have a stable job with a good employer servicing the heavy transport industry. I have watched and experienced our country and lifestyle incrementally eroded by successive Labour and National Governments, I have watched as our environment has been poisoned through the sustained use of toxins, with what appears to be reckless disregard for the effect on our ecosystems. The introduction of organisms and technologies into our environment without due diligence, and the erosion of our freedoms, human rights and civil liberties as the crown has exerted more and more taxes and controls over the lives of New Zealanders. I have watched as successive Governments have further interfered in the lives of New Zealand families and have both watched and experienced the ability to enjoy my free time eroded through rising taxes, cost of living and inflation.
I believe that human rights are inalienable and can not be set aside for any reason. Honesty and integrity are not negotiable, and that our freedoms and way of life need to be protected. I find myself questioning what is happening to our Country and our way of life. There is a real need for honesty and integrity in our parliament, and transparency in government. I know in my heart things need to change and sometimes you have to step up and “be the change”.
I never thought I would step into the Political arena, however I feel I can no longer do nothing. The NZ Outdoors Party are a group of like minded Kiwi’s whose policies align with my own values and I believe a vote for the NZ Outdoors Party is a vote for Kiwi’s dedicated to making a real change.