Vinod is a 23-year-old Indian man who is passionate about making positive change in society. He grew up in Ngāruawāhia and completed his formal education in 2021, gaining a Bachelor of Laws with Honours (First Class) conjoint with a Bachelor of Social Science (political science and sociology) from the University of Waikato.
He is the recipient of the University of Waikato Te Paewai o Te Rangi Scholarship for Academic Excellence, the Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia and the Russell McVeagh University Law Scholarship.
Vinod is the fifth generation of a large New Zealand-Indian family who first came to Aotearoa from Punjab, 104 years ago.
He is a co-founder of Adhikaar Aotearoa, a charity that advocates for queer and trans people of colour, specifically South Asians.