Michael has spent many years working at the grassroots level in Mt Roskill, driven by the core belief that people do well when living in strong, fair, and supportive communities. He has been a member of the Puketapapa Local Board since 2010, winning Council investment to upgrade local parks and speaking up on local issues like the Three Kings quarry development and the campaign to save seniors’ social housing at Liston Village.
Some of Michael’s other career highlights have been his work for Habitat Humanity, his work as chair of his local Board of Trustees, and the number of years he spent as a senior negotiator for the Finance Sector union Finsec, ensuring that the big Aussie banks gave their New Zealand workers a fair deal. Through his work in various organisations, Michael has developed a strong view that if we get the basics right — good jobs with fair wages, decent housing, and a strong public education system — we’ll solve many other social issues.
Along with his wife Julie and their three young sons, Michael lives in Roskill South where he loves to tramp along the Waikowhai Coast (trapping the odd rat and possum along the way), tends to a very neglected vegetable garden, and likes to listen to deeply unfashionable 70s rock.