Laurie was first elected to Council in 2019, and is one of two Paekawakawa/Southern Ward councillors for the 2019–22 triennium.
Laurie stood for election as a Green Party endorsed candidate and is a strong advocate of working together to achieve a zero carbon and zero waste future; her vision is for Wellington to be the 'coolest little sustainable capital in the world'. Laurie supports circular economy principles and is a champion for sustainability in local business, having launched Starfish, her own eco-fashion label, in the 1990s. Her business venture went on to receive several sustainability awards and you can find her work archived at Te Papa and the Wellington Museum.
Laurie founded the radio show and podcast B-side Stories which shares the stories of hundreds of Wellingtonians doing good things for our city. She also recently worked as the Wellington Manager for the Sustainable Business Network supporting Wellington businesses to have a positive environmental and social impact.
In her spare time, Laurie loves walking Wellington's hills and exploring our natural environment with her trusty SPCA dog Kayla. Laurie can get pretty obsessive about growing a regular supply of lettuce and tomatoes. You'll probably bump into Laurie riding her bike, as this is her favourite way to get around the city.
Laurie is of Chinese-European heritage, being the great granddaughter of the first naturalised Chinese man in Lower Hutt. Laurie loves the vibrancy of her Berhampore community where she has settled in the last 20 years with her husband and two daughters.