ACT Party Candidate (Hamilton East)
Born and raised in Pukekohe, James first moved to Hamilton in 2006 to study management at the University of Waikato, and also studied on exchange at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. In 2011, James moved to Wellington and became Head of Marketing for an international company, while also working on his own business ventures. In 2017, he returned to Hamilton to start a Manuka honey business and subsequently became a local candidate for ACT.
James believes in free speech, free trade, and less taxation. He is extremely proud of ACT’s pivotal role in the creation of partnership schools, which provide fantastic learning opportunities for children, and importantly, choice for parents in education. James supports tougher sentencing for crime and the Three Strikes policy. James is pro-immigration, and resents the growing xenophobic rhetoric in politics.
James is multilingual and is constantly in touch with people from different cultural backgrounds. He enjoys photography, playing a wide variety of musical instruments, and you’ll often find him at the Hamilton Pistol Club. James lives with his wife in Hamilton, and expects to complete his PhD in mid-2017.