Strive not to merely become a person of success but a person of significance.
Mother, wife, business entrepreneur, motivational speaker, property investor, author, counsellor and a passionate Christian, Bernadette Soares, our New Conservative party nominee for the Upper Harbour electorate can truly lay claim to both success and significance.
As the owner of a successful business encompassing iconic beauty brands Bernadette has a Master’s in Business Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a Degree in Economics and Commerce, and over 17 years of experience in setting up and managing businesses.
Bernadette lives and breathes the Upper Harbour electorate.
Having moved to New Zealand with her husband Clyde when she was 21, Bernadette has lived in the electorate for the last 30 years and is well connected and respected in the community.
Bernadette has been a Business Mentor with the Auckland Chamber of Commerce to provide start-up and emerging businesses support and guidance in their journey. She is also the founder of Let Your Light Shine Charitable Trust and has worked closely with businesses, councils and local organizations to generate new business ideas and work alongside start-ups to achieve their potential through training, mentoring and support.
Bernadette is also a registered counsellor and is passionate about bringing change to workplace bullying in New Zealand, to this end she has been a spokesperson who arbitrates and lobbies the government.
“My experiences as an employee, a mum, an immigrant and a businesswoman gives me a strong footing to represent the New Conservative Party. My values resonate with those that the party proudly professes and as I watched in horror the ill-thought through social policies of the government it has fueled in me the desire to stand up to be an MP in a values driven party.”