Daniel Shortland is the New Conservative candidate for Te Tai Tokerau, one of New Zealand’s seven Maori electorates. He is of both Ngāpuhi and Ngāi Tahu descent.
Daniel is 22 years old and currently living in Whangārei with his wife Jess.
With an education involving both home-schooling and a local charter school, Daniel was well placed to take up an apprenticeship at his father’s building company when he entered the workforce.
Now with five years’ experience he is qualified and working around the Whangārei District.
With a strong work ethic, a solutions-based approach, and pride in a job well done, it is obvious that building was always in his genes.
Daniel has been involved in organizing and leading various local youth groups around Whangārei and other groups through local community churches. With what spare time that is available, both he and Jess make the most of the outdoors and share a passion for fishing and hunting.
As Daniel’s political interests grew, he discovered New Conservative through a public meeting held locally. Impressed by the common sense policy platform and a commitment to uphold democracy, he decided to join the party.
Now as a candidate, he says, “It’s an honour to represent a party with policies that will make the goal of home ownership more attainable.”
Policies such as income splitting, and making the first $20,000 tax free will greatly benefit the people of Te Tai Tokerau overall, while reforms to local government and the RMA will make housing more affordable.
Daniel also feels strongly that that Citizens’ Initiated Referenda (CIR) should be made binding (BCIR). “To date, not a single CIR has been honoured by government. This needs correcting if we wish for our voices to be heard and respected in a truly democratic society.”
Te Tai Tokerau voters are encouraged to give their party vote to New Conservative and their electorate vote to Daniel Shortland.