Steven grew up in semi-rural Pukekohe where he completed school. His father was a returned World War II serviceman and his mother was a teacher. They owned a specialist automotive business where Steven and his siblings all mucked in.
Since his school years, Steven has enjoyed a 28-year business career spanning manufacturing engineering, IT infrastructure and financial services. It started with a cadet engineer role in the HVAC industry, an industry he stayed in for nine years. He then founded and operated an IT sales and service business for five years, then spent 13 more working in corporate IT roles. The years between 2018 and now have seen him successfully embrace the challenge of starting a financial services business and operate as a financial advisor.
Steven is a board member for a local church, an area group manager for two Waikato business networking groups, and the chairman on the board of trustees for a farm-and-youth-focused charity that works predominantly with vulnerable youth from Huntly and Ngaruawahia.
He enjoys fishing. He also identifies as a petrolhead. He is a member of his local vintage car club and owns four cars, three motorbikes, and enjoys a bit of motorsport. As well as having an interest in vehicles, he has a collection of early Apple computers made between the late 1970s and early 1990s.
He is concerned about legislation being rushed through without due process. Some legislation has wide-ranging implications and is at odds with mainstream opinion. He has also become concerned about central government policy contributing to difficulty and cost in doing business, especially for primary industries.
Steven believes New Conservative can not only confront and tackle some of our serious economic and social problems, but through its Binding Citizens’ Initiated Referenda and Legislative Standards Act policies, it can reform our political system. Individual and community freedoms and rights would no longer be able to be overridden by legislation that is not in accordance with the Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights 1688, or the New Zealand Bill of Rights.
Time is short, and a vote for any incumbent party means either voting to go down the tired old road of socialism, or voting for an opposition party that is far too tentative.