The New Zealand First Team
Jackie Farrelly, Candidate for West Coast-Tasman
Jackie Farrelly is from Nelson Creek, on the West Coast of the South Island, where she and her husband have raised their 5 children who are now adults starting their own families, so they also now have one granddaughter. They also spent several years in Golden Bay, first in Ferntown near Collingwood then in East Takaka. Qualified in Textiles and Design Jackie spent 15 years running her own retail and training business in Greymouth, which served clients from Haast to Karamea, before moving on to be a Rural Post and Courier driver, which she has been doing for just over 5 years. Volunteering in the community has always been a high priority for
Jackie and has seen her take on many roles. Some of which were as a Guide leader, serving on her local community reserve board, Secretary and Chairperson in ATC, coaching, assistant youth group leader, MotoX marshalling and scoring and more. Her current voluntary roles are as an advocate within Aotearoa AdvocacyServices including mediation between parties and assisting groups with council and WINZ related issues etc, and Chairperson for the Greymouth Catholic Parish Pastoral Council. She has also acted as an MC for occasional functions. Involvement in her local Church as well as being involved with other church groups is an important part of Jackies life. Jackie and her husband Bruce have been foster parents for quite a few children and have also hosted exchange students who they keep in contact with, one having now married a local boy.
Outdoor recreation is high on the list of activities enjoyed by Jackie, particularly fresh water fly fishing and tramping. Hunting and being pit crew for her daughters multi sport events are also contributing factors to her interest in Outdoor Recreation.
Local Government is also one of Jackies many interests as that is akey aspect of the health and outlook of a district which, of course affects all of us. Naturally a people person means Jackie gets along well with most people, regardless of their backgrounds and situations, in fact probably because of their diversity as she enjoys individuality and differences in people.