Former business owner, writer, and health advocate, Penny is the mother of three teenagers and lives in Kohi. She's been deeply invested in providing policy advice as a volunteer to Patient Voice Aotearoa seeking better access to critical medicines for everyone. Her three kids have attended local schools and she wants a community where they can roam safely. A pragmatic problem-solver with a track record of going into bat on issues that require more focus than a mere email or voicemail message, Penny’s focused on crime, water integrity, protection of parks, heritage/character considerations and transport. Wasting money on redundant processes and avoiding tough calls on pressing issues is not in Penny’s DNA. Penny brings to the C&R team broad business and local experience, deep knowledge of public policy and political processes, commitment to the Ōrākei area and open-door approach regarding new ideas.