I grew up in the Wairarapa and studied Agricultural Science at Massey University before moving to the Tasman then West Coast to pursue a rural banking career. After getting married, my husband and I continued to work in the agriculture sector in Murchison and then Central Otago, owning shares in veterinary businesses and managing our own sheep and beef farm. We returned to the West Coast with our four children to open our independent Veterinary Practice, where I am Practice Manager. When not working, sitting on a committee or the school board, I enjoy running trails with my Labrador. I recently accomplished a 100km ultra-marathon.

I believe in personal responsibility and democracy. Having a big family, I am passionate about children getting a good start in life with a good education foundation. I want New Zealand to be able to offer them and everyone else fair, equal and world-leading opportunities in all facets of life. I think New Zealand is a great place to live and raise a family. However, as a country, we need fresh thinking to ensure New Zealand remains this great place to live and work.