The New Zealand First Team

Tricia Lawrence, Candidate for Bay of Plenty

Born in the Waikato, Tricia moved to Ohakune in the central plateau at an early age. She spent the next eight years there, where my whanau helped develop the local ski fields. After finishing school, Tricia resided in Auckland for the next 30 years, in-between work postings overseas. But her family always has been a priority and the reasons why she ultimately returned home.

Over the years, Tricia gained a broad and expansive professional range of skills, knowledge, and experience. Sectors include small business, global organisations, and government. Highlights include a 10-year career with Air New Zealand across leadership and management roles while working offshore in China and the UK.

More recently Tricia remained in the tourism field, within Tourism New Zealand in digital marketing and international trade. Representing two of New Zealand’s most iconic brands has given me an invaluable insight into the nature of Kiwis, what makes us and our country unique, and how we can leverage this to increase the nation's prosperity.

Tricia is a proud first-time candidate for New Zealand First, representing the Bay of Plenty electorate. She has resided in the electorate after moving to be near family and complete her education diploma in secondary school teaching. Her passion for education stems from student experience at the University of Auckland, where I earned a degree in sociology and communications as a mature student. She says her degree was a life-changing experience, she earnt admission to the Dean’s Honours List and had work published in an educational text for foreign students.

It was at university that the in-depth analysis of political and sociological issues helped ignite a fire in her to want to make a real difference. This education also filled in the history of my own childhood. When you grow up in small-town New Zealand, inequality is obvious, especially during a time of major economic reform. All New Zealanders, regardless of background, deserve to live in a society with fair and equal access to everything they require
to enjoy life.

Over the past 30 years, these basic opportunities have shrunk significantly or become out of reach for many Kiwis. New Zealand First policies and 15 fundamentals set out to deliberately address these issues. The political power players are not constructed to take a balanced approach and have failed to deliver on any long-term, meaningful change.

While policies of the left and right wrestle against each other, New Zealand First is set up to evaluate and consolidate both views and make decisions that deliver for all, rather than the few. It is for these reasons that Tricia is drawn to New Zealand First.


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