Steph was born in Whanganui and grew up between Kaitoke Prison village, where her Dad worked as a Prison Officer, and her family’s farm in Waverley.
When Steph’s parents bought their farm it was just a bare block of land they dreamed of building a home on. That dream slipped away after issues with access to the farm meant the money they saved to build a home went on lawyers fees instead. After seeing the look on her parents’ faces when they came home one day from battling to fix the farm road, Steph resolved to do all she could to help her parents and to help others.
Steph is driven by her desire to help people. Steph’s first job after finishing university was as an employment advocate at Community Legal Advice Whanganui. In her current role Steph investigates and resolves disputes between large organisations and individuals. Her work has given her crucial skills in advocacy and mediation - she knows how to offer practical, pragmatic solutions and get them implemented.
People in Whanganui and South Taranaki have told Steph they feel neglected by the National Government. Steph and Labour want to see more high-skill jobs in the region; free, high-quality public education; access to healthcare; and warm, dry, affordable homes.
Steph understands the issues the Whanganui and South Taranaki communities face. She will be a young passionate voice for the people there. Steph will push for changes to benefit people in Whanganui and South Taranaki.