My business career has centred on international trade over the past 30 years in the meat industry, farmed venison exports, airfreight, shipping and trade development. I have an Advanced Marketing Management diploma from the International Marketing Institute of New Zealand. I was the founding President of the NZ-Europe Business Council, and was on the Executive of the Auckland Consular Corps.
I think "business" regionally and nationally, and will ensure that the new city is not just Auckland CBD-centric development. We need to have sustainable economic growth and jobs being generated right across the region. I have extensive contacts in many sectors of industry and commerce and will leverage the many linkages to assist Auckland's development, including international trade and investment.
I will use my 30 years business skills to bring Auckland together to advance projects such as the downtown waterfront project and transport. It is time for Auckland to come together with a good business development plan that we can all buy into.