I am a long time Waitematā resident but first-time local board candidate.
A professor of education at Waipapa Taumata Rau, at University of Auckland, I was on Western Springs College Board of Trustees for six years and have a decades long association with Richmond Road School. I speak regularly to school and community groups about the importance of recognising and supporting diversity in education and the wider community. I recognise there is an urgent need for an additional inner city primary school.
For me, Waitematā is the heart of Tāmaki Makaurau. I appreciate and value our community diversity, the vibrancy and challenges of urban living, and, importantly, our harbour and local environment.
Working closely with mana whenua on key projects, I will prioritise expanding public transport and active means of transport – such as walking/cycling – to support environmental protection and sustainability.