Hutt South electorate candidate – TOP
Where did you grow up?
‘I was born and bred in Nelson and it was the hometown I grew up in. I did all my schooling there. We lived in about 5 different homes around Nelson until I left for the big city (Wellington) when I was about 18 – my parents moved one more time once I had left home.’
Tell us about a favourite childhood memory…
‘I find it hard to choose just one childhood memory, it was an idyllic upbringing with lots of outdoor adventure, playing sports, fishing off the wharf, you rode your bike everywhere. We had summer holidays at Marahau, the shops were shut on the weekends and life seemed much simpler back then but that’s the beauty of childhood, life is much simpler, maybe it’s an age thing but they really were the good old days.’
When did you know you’d work in politics? Was it in childhood? Later?
‘I have always had an interest in politics but only from the sideline as an observer. When I was asked to stand for The Opportunities Party I saw it as a chance to stop being an observer and get onto the field. I saw it as a challenge, life will at times push you to the limits, you can either shrink back or step up to the plate – I decided to step up to the plate.’
What is your greatest glory? (This could be in adulthood.)
‘Being asked what is my greatest glory or something I’m really proud of, in reverse order, I’m really proud of my 5 children my wife Antoinette and I have had together. They are all good people living good lives, they are our family but also good friends, we enjoy being together.
On a personal level after failing in my first attempt, I spent over a year working hard to go back and complete this year’s Mountain Run in the Kathmandu Coast to Coast event. I put my physical disability aside to take on my biggest ever physical and mental challenge. To get to the end after 12 hours and 25 minutes and be handed that finishers medal reminded me of Sir Ed’s words:
“It’s not the mountain we conquer – but ourselves”.
For me standing in this election is just starting to climb another mountain.’