Shirin has a background in local government, community advocacy, strategic planning and teaching, both in New Zealand and overseas.
Shirin was twice elected and served for six years in Auckland local government (2013-2019). She has a track record of working effectively with communities, NGOs and government departments to get great outcomes for local people and for the environment. Her time on the local board included developing social procurement criteria to allow local businesses and NGOs to compete for local government waste contracts, turning over occupation and management of community halls to community groups, and initiatives that support youth engagement and participation. She also successfully advocated for people to take citizenship ceremonies in Te Reo Māori.Read more
Shirin is currently chair of the Hauraki Islands Forest and Bird Branch, and is involved in project management and facilitation for community and environmental projects. She continually advocates with Auckland Council for jobs to be created in the community and environmental space, and to plan for future resilience and the effects of sea level rise.
Key advocacy areas
- Addressing inequality by focusing on housing, education and healthcare
- Increasing localism and community resilience by planning for the future
- Eliminating family violence and child poverty
- Supporting small business, the living wage and employment initiatives
- Protecting and restoring our environment for future generations
Shirin lectured in film and television at AUT, worked at the British Council, and speaks fluent French and Spanish. She is currently researching for a PhD in diversity in local government. Born in Iran of British and Indian parents, Shirin has lived in NZ since 2000 and is the proud mother of two.
For more information about Shirin, or how you can contribute to her campaign, please get in touch. She looks forward to meeting you and hearing your aspirations for Tāmaki.