Landing in a position of power and thrust into the public eye, not many people manage to stay true to their word, beliefs and values when the pressure comes on. The temptation to say and do what’s popular instead of what you believe in is strong. Andrew Judd knows only too well this battle. Having served nine years at New Plymouth District Council with the last three of those as Mayor, forced him to take a long hard look in the mirror and ask some hard questions. Today, after this journey into self-awareness, he stands for justice and peace and continues to challenge systems that marginalise and isolate.
“I feel blessed that I was able to feel, and sense in myself the lure of office, and the falseness of a position (in your own mind) that can change who you are. To be elected by the community to the leadership role as Mayor wasan extremely humbling and proud moment in my life, but equally the most fearful time.”
Andrew says it forced all his inner human securities to the surface. He found himself constantly reflecting on what it actually means to be a Mayor and a successful one, how he should lead and whether he would risk his own political career for someone else. “What can also creep up on you is your ego, and somewhat of an entitled view on most things.”
Born and raised in Masterton, Andrew left school at fifth form to follow a diverse career path. From working in factories, as a sales manager, private pilot to owning and selling a small business, working in radio sales and marketing before this path turned him towards office. Although currently residing in Taranaki, Andrew lived and worked in the Waikato for thirteen years. He’s now back in small business - a qualified dispensing optician, with his own practice.
“As we mature through life our beliefs can be altered by the events that shape us. I have certainly learnt more about life and myself, from my mistakes not my successes. I believe in always looking to the good in others, standing up for those with no, or little voice.”
Andrew is inspired by those who come through diversity and succeed and is addicted to reading quotes. A quote that has always resonated with him is, "A man complained he had no shoes, until he met the man with no feet.”