Why I decided to run
Your voice heard first. When was the last time you heard that your voice should be first? More than likely a lot, but you feel like it’s just a slogan, it's just voice. My mission is an easy one to meet – your voice, at the table, every time! Though I was born and raised here in Whanganui I whakapapa from elsewhere. Ko wai au? Ko Maungatere te Maunga, ko Rakahuri te awa, ko Ngai Tūāhuriri te hapu, ko Ngai Tahu te iwi, ki te noho au, Whanganui. Ko DC Harding a hau. I grew up in Whanganui. I often tell my students, "I was raised in the hood, churched in the hood and schooled in the hood". I was raised in Castlecliff, Whanganui. In and around some of the most challenging neighborhoods.
What do I want?
I want to help you ignite your passion for Whanganui. Having spent nearly half a decade outside of Whanganui exploring what Aotearoa has to offer, I returned home to start my own business, Tuākana Education. Most of my whanau here in Whanganui own their own home, and have multi-generations of rate payers each choosing to stay in Whanganui. Whanganui needs a vision to ensure that economy moves forward and doesn’t go backwards. Whanganui needs a vision that will see it continue to grow. Whanganui needs people at the table like myself who come with innovative ideas, are solution-focused and people-centered. I believe you have that vision, you have the voice, my job is simply to represent that at the table.