My name is Deborah Russell, and I’m standing for Labour in Rangitīkei in the 2014 general election.
I’m a tax expert, a writer and a thinker. I was born in Whangamomona, and grew up in New Plymouth. I’ve studied at Otago University in Dunedin, and spent a few years living in Australia, but for most of my life, I’ve lived and worked in the lower part of Te Ika a Maui, the North Island of New Zealand. This is where I feel at home.
One of the things I love about New Zealand is that we want to make our country better. We often get told that we’re a bit dour, that we take ourselves too seriously. But I think that reflects something very important about us: that we are prepared to keep on talking and keep on working and keep on trying to make life here better. I’m proud to be part of that work, and I want to do more of it.