Meet the Team

Alan Simmons, President & Co-Leader

Alan Simmons

Alan Simmons launched the Outdoor Party, reflecting his firm belief that the solution to much of the disrespectful and poisonous policies past governments have introduced to the public’s outdoor heritage and environment, is to get into the political arena and start sparring.

His motivation stems from a lifetime involvement in outdoors political issues. For instance, in 1975 Alan was one of three anglers appointed to visit Parliament to cement the “no trout farming” deal under the newly elected government. The agreement has stood the test of time.

And he’s sat on a number of national body executives, boards, NGO and management groups, including the NZ Professional Hunting Guides Association (at one stage as National President), Electricorp Environmental Management Board, NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers and the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association. Many will know him through his website, the hugely popular New Zealand FishnHunt forum which serves up 10.5 million pages a month.

Some of his past involvement includes:-

  • In 1990 one of twelve appointed by the Conservation Minister to set up the NZ Fish and Game Council as per a new act of Parliament.
  • An elected Councillor for eleven years on several regional Fish and Game councils.
  • For twenty five years a ministerial appointee to the Taupo Fishery Advisory Committee and recently part of a four man team that undertook a Ministerial review of the Taupo Fishery.
  • An executive member of the NZ Professional Fishing Guides Association for twenty seven years and currently an executive member of the NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers which represents the collective interests of NZ angling clubs.
  • As a free range hunting guide Alan was at the forefront of an emerging industry, an occupation he loved until it was consumed by Safari park hunting.
  • Author of the first book on Sika Deer Hunting. (“How To Hunt Sika Deer”) as well as starring in many overseas TV fishing & hunting shows. Alan’s latest book  “Born To The Outdoors” has already sold out and is in reprint.
  • Stood as a list MP in the 2011 and 2014 elections as a candidate for United Future and became president of the party leading it through a rebuilding process. He has since resigned so he could build a new party focused on outdoors values.

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Sue Grey LLB (Hons), BSc, RSHDipPHI, Co-Leader

Sue is a self-employed lawyer, strategist, mother of three (Sabrina, Sebastian and Ysabella) and lifelong adventurer, based in Nelson.

Sue has degrees in law with honours, a degree in biotechnology and a degree in

 

Sue’s ground breaking and extensive legal career encompasses:

  • medicinal cannabis law reform.
  • challenging the legality of aerial toxin operations.
  • representing victims of aerial 1080 operations.
  • impact on electro-magnetic radiation on human health.
  • forcing publication of previously secret “NZ Guidelines for Judicial Conduct.”
  • Author of Fisheries Law.

Sue has walked, run, cycled, kayaked and photographed much of New Zealand, run marathons and ultra marathons (including the 67km Kepler Challenge) and traveled extensively, as a backpacker, with her children and for business, through much of the world. She is inspired by nature and the great New Zealand Outdoors.

Sue’s passion is inspiring, educating and empowering communities to help promote community and environmental wellbeing and a fairer, more compassionate world.

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Jenn Haakma, Secretary

My husband Tys and I live on a gorgeous lifestyle block that has me thinking ‘GREEN’

I am mother to a lot of kids that I am so proud of. I worked most of my adult life in advertising and even had a tourism paper – that was a great experience.

And now I feel it is time to make sure our country is left to all children clean, green and a great place to live.

I am so looking forward to working with the Outdoors Party and all it’s members.  

jenn@outdoorsparty.co.nz

 

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Catherine Gorza – Board Member

Born and bred in Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), I grew up understanding that the culture was wrong – that 120 000 white people ruling over a population of 5million (with only the white people having the vote) should never have been allowed to happen. After 15 years of guerrilla warfare and the loss of many lives, independence was finally achieved in 1980.

The honeymoon lasted a few years, until the ‘Gukurahundi’ massacre of approximately 20 000 people in a government led ethnic cleansing, followed by government control of the press, freedom of speech denied and slowly but surely more laws passed which gave the president more and more sweeping powers that left us in a one party totalitarian state.

I felt the need to get involved to bring about change and was invited to work with the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace who worked to bring the perpetrators to justice, but this work came with huge risks to personal safety.

I left Zimbabwe for New Zealand 20 years ago, wanting a better life for my children.

However, I have been more and more disillusioned with the political parties in this country, the recent loss of our freedoms over the Covid19 lockdown, the complete disregard of the government towards issues that concern the people, their health and the health of the environment such as 1080, Glyphosate and 5G. The poisoning of our ecosystem is totally unacceptable, unethical and unsustainable.

The New Zealand Outdoors Party have strong, socially conscious policies that promote true health (incorporating holistic therapies with conventional), true democracy (returning the governance of the country to the people rather than corporates), organic and regenerative farming, a move away from a debt-based economy and a complete ban on poisons, all of which I agree with wholeheartedly and I feel I can stand in my truth and represent the Outdoors Party.

 

Phone: 021 759091

Catherine.giorza@gmail.com

 

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TRACY LIVINGSTON.

Board member & Health Spokesperson

I was introduced to the 1080 protest movement a few years ago, and when I started to read the science and data behind the “propaganda” and talk with ‘old timers’ like Alan Simmons about their experiences of 1080 in the NZ bush. tracy@livingston.kiwi

I knew that I had to get involved to help stop the use of this horrible and terrifying substance . 60 years of poisoning our native forests is long enough. The Outdoors Party understands the terrible risk we take with exposing ourselves to not just this poison, but all the poisons that affect humans, animals, plants and soil.  My degree in Applied Science means that I have a deep interest in health, not just of people, but the whole environment and how the two are related.  My observation is that our people, especially our children, are less healthy than they were even just 30 years ago. Not just a little bit less healthy, shockingly less healthy. We just can’t continue on this trajectory, our health care system alone will crumble under the financial strain.
We need a holistic approach to heal our country and our people – based on regenerative organic agriculture, natural medicines, healthy and nourishing foods – and this can only be done be taking corporate profits out of the equation when it comes to government decision making.  Instead the Outdoors Party will base decisions on what is good for us Kiwis, not corporations, not just for a three year term but for generations to come.  The Outdoors Party, having absolutely no corporate backers, will go into Parliament to do what it knows to be right.

I taught natural health care for 15 years, ran an osteopathic practise, raised two lovely kids, managed a home and ‘life-style block’ and more recently been engaged in highlighting Government foolishness , such as the TPPA and now 1080.

tracy@livingston.kiwi

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Luke King – Board Member

My goal is to represent you and make a positive difference in our lives. I am Luke King and with the ODP team, who are 100% dedicated to this country, OUR COUNTRY, YOUR COUNTRY! We will make a difference for our people, our wildlife and our environment. If you have a problem and you just can’t get anywhere with it,

One of my roles as a board member is to provide weight to ban 1080 and end the West Coast council ownership of the poison factory that supplies the toxins to slaughter millions of creatures in our Kiwi Back Yard. I will voice our opposition to the selling and auctioning off of our New Zealand rivers, water and mountains to international corporations.

We will hold on to our own jobs and our own way of life that we love so much and make sure it remains safe and not at risk to being sold through bureaucracy. We deserve better, it’s time to walk the talk! Community is very important to me, it is what binds us together as our New Zealand family. Being there for each other – our neighbours, families, and friends, I believe is the only way we can build stronger, safer communities and stronger happier families. Our future is our children and we are obliged to provide the best for them.

My personal policy is in line with the Outdoors Party: Removing the use of 1080 from our land to ensure our freshwater and ocean bounties are always toxin-free! Our lives and health cannot be left to chance and to greed. Change the extreme view on pest species to a viable, organic and natural meat resource. Develop new industry standards for wild game meat, build facilities for testing and processing across the district and country that the public can directly utilize for other income options. Set up bounties on game species to keep the numbers in check. Make available added public fossicking areas for the people to enjoy more of our beautiful country and earn some money doing it

I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Nelson then spent a number of years living overseas in Australia, Dubai, and Sri Lanka. I have made mistakes, faced down mental health, lived a very full and interesting life and in the process, always stood up for myself and others. My family heritage is important to me, it spans from the early 1800’s – the West Coast, Collingwood, Nelson, and the Marlborough Sounds. I am a cattle farmer and landowner with over 100 hectares of beautiful Shenandoah Valley country in Maruia.

Ph: 02040771618

luke.king.nz@gmail.com

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Phil Hyde. Board Member

Info to come.

Phil Hyde dagsyfm@yahoo.com.au

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Kerry Goodhew

info to come.

Email jim9358@hotmail.com

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