I’m passionate about our environment. One of the reasons I stood for Parliament is that I believe that the greatest asset our country has is our environment. I am a Bluegreen caucus member. I was a member of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee for over two and a half years. I believe that we cannot have significant environmental progress unless environmental issues move from being fringe issues to mainstream ones. Our ability to deliver a better urban environment is dependent on better waste management, water and transport policies.
The Auckland Central electorate includes a large part of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. While I believe that some progress has been made with the park there is much more to do. I have worked with the forum and the Auckland Council to look at how we can strengthen the management of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park.
In 2015, the electorate played host to the annual Bluegreens Conference, which took place on Great Barrier Island during April 2015. The beautiful surrounds of the Island provided a picturesque setting for conference attendees.