Rachel lives in Nelson with her husband Scott, and works as a Health and Safety Coordinator for the Anglican Diocese of Nelson. In her previous role as an Organiser with FIRST Union, she negotiated collective employment agreements with large companies like Nelson Pine, lifting wages for hundreds of workers in the Nelson region.
Rachel loves Nelson’s fantastic natural environment, outstanding creative industries and unrivalled community spirit. She is active in the electorate as a community leader and was the 2017 Labour candidate for Nelson. Rachel is honoured to have been selected again as Labour’s candidate in Nelson, and looks forward to working hard to earn the trust of Nelson voters as their representative in Parliament in 2020.
In her spare time, Rachel volunteers on the Boards of Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge and the Nelson Environment Centre. She is Chair of Labour’s Policy Council. A trained singer, she has a Music Degree from the University of Auckland and was a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir.
Rachel is passionate about ensuring all Kiwis have the opportunity to be the best they can be. She knows it starts with dignity at work; affordable, warm homes; quality education and a responsive, accessible health system. She knows working people need the security of knowing there will be a pension there for them, at an age they can still enjoy it.
Rachel’s priorities for Nelson are:
- Affordable housing for first-home buyers and families,
- Working to end “Sunshine Wages” in the region,
- Improving Mental Health services,
- Better public transport,
- Preserving our environment; and
- Working closely with our two Councils to address Climate Change.