Kia ora koutou, I’m Dan Thurston-Crow, and my American husband Thomas and I now call New Plymouth home. I’ve been a business owner, a tech entrepreneur, a coach/mentor for innovators and, most recently, a volunteer on a conservation ship alongside NZ eco-warrior Pete Bethune. I’m no politician, but I couldn’t not run for TOP in this election.
This is because, like you, I see a challenging future for Taranaki as the fossil fuel industry falls out of favour domestically and globally. Regardless of your position on oil and gas, it’s clear that the government needs to transition our region to one that supports diversification, innovation and business confidence. Across the country, we need government to stop rewarding us for locking our money in the unproductive housing sector. We need government to unlock the human capital that’s languishing in the welfare trap, or in dead-end jobs destined to be replaced by automation. And we need government to simplify compliance and level the commercial playing field so that small businesses – the pillars of economic and community wellbeing – are freed up to focus on improvements that bring long term success.
TOP’s determination to attack these issues at their root causes – backed up by research and evidence – made it impossible for me to stand on the election sidelines and wait for another party to … maybe … come up with workable solutions. I’d be honoured to receive your vote in support of an even more vibrant future for Taranaki.