in Taranaki by her Grandparents until aged 4½.
· When mother remarried
returned to Wellington for school, attending Wellesley College
and then Onslow College. In 1970 family moved to Auckland, attended
Papatoetoe High School.
· Theatrical career
started having won the College Cup for Drama 1972. Following
her nomination for best actress in the Guild of Film & Television
Arts Award in 1987 she continued acting in Film, TV, Theatre
and Cabaret until 1989 when she returned to Wellington in 1990.
Other major acting highlights include:
'Jewel Darl' (nominated best actress for dramatic role in
1987 G.O.F.T.A. awards)
'Close to Home'
'Shark in the Park'
'Shortland Street' - 2 episodes
· Moved to Carterton
in the Wairarapa and enrolled on an Access Scheme, soon after
she was teaching on the course and then became course administrator
employed by the Carterton Community Centre.
· 1992 became a broadcaster
for the morning show at TodayFM, the first FM radio station in
the Wairarapa for 3 months.
· Justice of the Peace
· Launched her book
'Change for the Better' published in October 1999 by Random House:
· Late in 1992 ran for
the Carterton District Council in the local body elections becoming
the highest polling unsuccessful candidate, losing by 14 votes.
· 1993 won a by-election
with a clear majority.
· 1995 elected Mayor
with a 48% majority.
· 1998 re-elected Mayor
with 90% majority.
· 1999 elected Member
of Parliament for Wairarapa with a 32% swing from National to
· Currently serving
Law & Order Select Committee
Local Government & Environment Select Committee
MMP Review Select Committee
· Also serve on the
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade
Primary Production & Rural Affairs
Local Government, Environment, Broadcasting and Conservation
Arts Culture and Heritage
· Reluctantly resigned
as Mayor of Carterton in March 2000 due to an extremely heavy