Jan is passionate about reducing inequality and promoting participation in society - locally and globally.
Jan's Southland childhood established her deep connection with the beauty of an untouched environment. But it was the impact of the economic reforms of the 1980s that led her towards people-oriented work, giving a voice to those who often go unheard.
Jan worked for Women's Refuge, New Zealand University Students' Association, the YWCA and for other social causes before entering Parliament in 2011. She also has an proud history as a volunteer - for Youthline, HELP Sexual Abuse Crisis Line, Wellington Rape Crisis Board and others.
Combining her big picture thinking and her experience helping individuals personally gives Jan a uniquely caring and practical political perspective.
In Parliament she has been a champion for people and families affected by domestic and sexual violence. She initiated a select committee inquiry into funding for specialist sexual abuse and social services, and her Workplace Protection Bill is designed to protect victims and reduce the significant economic impact of domestic violence.
She made global headlines when she was detained in Sri Lanka while highlighting human rights abuses that the government had turned a blind eye to.
Jan wants to see the way we do politics change to strengthen faith in our democracy. She believes that public engagement and greater transparency is central to trust in both the system and our politicians.
"A Green government would see the economy as a tool to serve the people and our environment, not the other way around."