Nicky was born and educated in Christchurch and has lived and worked in Christchurch Central all her adult life.
After leaving school Nicky trained as a secondary school teacher and taught at Hagley High School and Hornby High School before taking up a position at the Christchurch Polytechnic.
She then turned her hand to business and in 1991 was a foundation partner in a nationwide marketing company which specialised in promoting New Zealand fashion designers and their product. This was the beginning of a series of businesses which included retailing, manufacturing, and distribution. In 1998, she established an internet and e-commerce business specializing in on-line marketing and the development of industry clusters.
In 2002 Nicky was selected as the Candidate for Christchurch Central, and again in 2005 when she was elected as a List MP.
In 2011 she was elected as the Electorate MP on a recount after an Election Night draw.
Nicky has always been involved in the local community and served on numerous trusts and boards. She has worked extensively with business organisations, in education an elected Environment Canterbury Regional Councillor - serving as Chair of the Finance and Audit Commitee for 2 years and the Transport (busses) Committee for 2 years.
She enjoys going to the gym, and spending time with her husband David and two grown up sons.
I believe that for New Zealanders to have a healthy and happy future we must have:
A strong economy - that is innovative, creative, and sustainable. A strong economy creates real opportunities and allows us to care for our people and our environment. You can't have world class health, education or superannuation schemes unless you have a world class economy.
Excellence in education and training - is the key to developing the skills and knowledge of our people ensuring the successful future of the whole country.
A clean green environment - clean water, clear air, and the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors are the birthright of all New Zealanders.
Safety and security - within our homes, our communities and our country. We need good policing, a firm control of crime, and a well trained defence force.
Opportunities for all - Fair, equitable treatment for all New Zealanders. Equal opportunities regardless of race, creed or gender. We must address Treaty issues in a timely and effective manner.