Hutt South electorate candidate – ACT
Where did you grow up?
‘I grew up surrounded by bush in Stokes Valley with my Mum and brother. I saw my father every second weekend, it was always good to see him and gave Mum a break. Money was always tight, but there was always food on the table and shoes on our feet. That’s the personal responsibility Mum took for raising her two boys on the benefit.’
Tell us about a favourite childhood memory…
‘The most important memories I have were my 3rd and 4th brothers, both born while I was in secondary school, and I should really say my 2nd brother too, but I don’t really remember that I was only 1! As for other things, as I said before, there was never an abundance of money, so trips away were just for dreams to work towards later on. The time my 2nd brother (1.5 years younger than me) and I spent making forts and bridges in the bush is one of my favourite memories of my childhood, no doubt contributing to my strong environmental interest today (currently working in the recycling industry).’
When did you know you’d work in politics? Was it in childhood? Later?
‘I had never really intended to get into politics, however, the turning point possibly was my grandparents sending my brother and me to HIBS. The other families there were quite different to our own background and it wasn’t without challenges, but being exposed to different lifestyles to our own was very interesting. I also found a passion in economics and business studies. But I have always been a hands-on technical and practical guy. When you peel away the ‘feel good vibes’ in the policy other parties peddle and look at what’s practical in the long run, you end up running for ACT!’
What is your greatest glory? (This could be in adulthood.)
I have three answers, the first is graduating both HIBS and Weltec, which are both examples of choices in education different to the prescribed path while paying teachers what they are worth. My second is the house I own. 6 years ago that was incredibly rare for someone under 25. It’s now impossible. The third is being endorsed by ACT as the candidate in Hutt South.