I have been involved in local community politics all my life. My first experiences were with my parents in my home town of Capetown, South Africa, where we were active in local politics opposing the apartheid regime.
I have now had over 20 years of local government experience in Auckland. This has included:
* Successfully leading the Swanson community opposition to the extension of a landfill, which led to being elected on to the Waitakere community board in 1992.
* Became Chair of the Community Board.
* Elected as a City Councillor in 1995.
* Become Deputy Mayor to Sir Bob Harvey in 2007.
* Elected to the Waitakere Ward on the new Auckland Council in 2010
* Selected by Mayor Brown to be his deputy.
* Chaired the Auckland Development Committee with the challenge of completing the first Auckland Plan.
* Chaired the Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) Governance Committee with oversight of the major CCOs of the city.
* In the second term, again selected as Deputy Mayor and again chaired the two committees, as well as being responsible for the completion of the Unitary Plan.
Alongside the huge day-to-day workload, I am committed to working in the community out West, the community I live in and love.
I hold many community roles:
- Patron of the Auckland Special Olympics (photo)
- Patron of the Community Waitakere Charitable Trust.
- Patron of the Waitakere Ethnic Board.
- Patron of WALSH Trust
- Patron of the Northern Football Association.
- Initiated the Swanson Railway Station project and am still a trustee 22 years on, running the market day along with a hardy bunch of volunteers.
- Trustee of Waitakere Essential Services Trust (WAVES) an anti-family violence organisation.