When I was little I dreamed of travelling the world with an orchestra, making new friends everywhere and living what I believed was an “exotic” life. In some ways this dream didn’t work out exactly – I screwed up my fingers royally and was unable to keep playing bassoon, which ruled out any big musical career. Luckily, for me at least, I got thrown into local politics at the tender age of 15 and ten years later I am amazed at how life has changed.

I’ve travelled some fun parts of the world, moved out of home (in New Zealand) and to the other side of the world where I have a new home in London. I am constantly making new friends from countries I didn’t know existed when I was little. I have yet to meet anyone from Djibouti though.

I spent a fair amount of time working in youth development and youth politics in New Zealand at a regional, national and international level. I stood for Parliament in the 2005 New Zealand General Election as one of the youngest electorate and party list candidates. I might stand again one day when I’m older, wiser and have less of a baby-face.

More seriously, I’m passionate about changing the world one politician at a time. It’s a broad and very long term goal, and hopefully this blog will help to track my progress. For about 9 months in 2009 it looked like I was going to be volunteering with VSO for a year but unfortunately my health thought better of that move. Instead I’m going to do what I can here in the UK. This blog follows my personal adventures as well as attempts to integrate the political, international development and social media spheres.

One Comment Add yours

  1. tombaker says:

    Thanks for adding me to your blog roll….I’m also waiting to meet someone from Djibouti and also Cape Verde….


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