Julie Anne is pleased to take up the mantle of Minister for Women and continue her work on transport and health as Associate Minister for Transport and Associate Minister for Health.
Julie Anne grew up in Los Angeles where she witnessed women’s and civil rights movements making huge strides for people. In the famously car-dependent city she also saw the profound impact that transport and urban design have on our quality of life.
She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA and studied Politics at the prestigious Sciences Po Paris, before moving to New Zealand as a scholar at the University of Auckland. In Auckland she gained a Masters of Planning Practice with First Class Honours.
She went on to work as a transport consultant at some of New Zealand's leading firms, working in transport economics and urban design. Julie Anne worked in predominately male working environments, sometimes where she would be the only woman in the room. She is passionate about addressing the barriers that women face in working in these environments, as well as addressing the gender pay gap.
Julie Anne can see the connections between her portfolios and keen to promote the links between Women, Associate Health, and Associate Transport. For example, making it safer for people to walk and cycle helps improve everyone’s health.