Manurewa electorate

Manurewa is currently represented by Labour's Louisa Wall, who won comfortably with a margin of 8,374. Wall is not contesting the electorate in 2020 but remains on the Labour list. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Manurewa's votes – 59% to National's 29%. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate now includes an area south of Papatoetoe, and no longer includes areas around Greenmeadows and Redoubt Road.

Lourdes Vano
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Advocate for increased funding for accessible mental health care (especially for our youth). Advocate for higher quality state housing. Advocate for higher police accountability.
Why I’m running
For too long politics (and politicians) have been separated from the very people they are meant to serve. People who look like me are the least likely to engage and feel heard, and the longer we leave it, the worse it becomes. Māori and Pasifika are on the front lines of the climate crisis, the housing crisis, etc. I'm running to try and bring those voices to the front lines of politics, where they belong.
About me
I'm a strong believer in the fact that nothing can be changed in parliament without the voice of the people. I've been heavily involved with grassroots movements fighting against racism here in Aotearoa and that is what I am proudest to be doing. Highlighting systemic issues that disproportionately affect black, indigenous and POC communities is exactly the kind of work I want to continue if I get into parliament.
Party list rank
15
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Front of house at Tart Bakery
Place of residence
Owairaka
Age
18
Arena Williams
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Ensuring that everyone in Manurewa has a warm dry home. Improving access to healthcare and championing investment in the Manukau Super Clinic. Making sure that Manurewa is central to Labour's plan to re-boot the economy.
Why I’m running
Manurewa is a special place and it needs a champion. That's why I'm standing to be Manurewa's representative and to re-elect Jacinda Ardern's Government. Our community united during this crisis to save lives. Now, Labour has the plan to rebuild and create jobs in Manurewa.
About me
I grew up on the Takanini side of town – my dad was a councillor here for many years and my mum is a local doctor down the road in Papakura who has looked after some Manurewa families for generations. Manurewa is where I will raise my kids, because I know that the things I value most, like kindness, fairness and community, are values which they will learn in this tight-knit community. I will be a champion for jobs, healthcare, education, and investment in Manurewa.
Party list rank
58
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Lawyer
Place of residence
No response given
Age
30
Annalucia Vermunt
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Fight for jobs for all, for government-financed public works at union-scale wages to meet workers needs. Demand amnesty for immigrants thrown out of work or stranded outside the country and facing expiry of visas. Defend women's right to access family planning services, the right to safe abortions and government funded childcare.
Why I’m running
I and my running mate Patrick Brown (Panmure-Ōtahuhu) put forward a working-class alternative in the elections. The Communist League platform is a working-class response to the deepening economic, social and moral crisis of the capitalist system. Email us for a copy of our platform. Read more about working-class struggles and election campaigns on The Militant website.
About me
As a member of the Communist League I build and participate in working-class struggles and social protests. As part of this course I explain why working people need to replace the rule of the exploitative capitalist class with a workers and farmers government. Over the past year I have joined picket lines of workers fighting for the reinstatement of their annual leave; demonstrations to defend Māori land at Ihumatao; and public meetings to champion the example of the Cuban Revolution.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Factory worker
Place of residence
Papatoetoe
Age
52

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Sonny Wilcox
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Strengthen families – the health and strength of our families determines the health and strength of our nation. Put Kiwi citizens first not last – priority allocation of resource, support and expertise is given to NZ citizens first. Supporting local businesses – we must pandemic proof our economy by pushing support and resources to our NZ businesses.
Why I’m running
I am standing this year because of my concern for the future of New Zealand in particular the loss of our national identity, our values and principles with my greatest concern being the health and wellbeing of our most vulnerable whānau and communities both now and into the future.
About me
I am a devout Māori, Christian man who is all about building strong families. My greatest desire is to see others succeed. I've lived and worked in the South Auckland communities in the NZ police and as a lecturer in two major tertiary institutions for over 15 years and have seen the plight of our most vulnerable and my determination is to do all I can in my passion and experience to lift the quality of life and wellbeing for these communities and indeed all people of Aotearoa.
Party list rank
3
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Company director and consultant
Place of residence
South Auckland
Age
42
John Hall
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Education for all youth. Free education till 18. Healthy safe homes. Job security. These matter today for all residence. Support our first responders so they can enable a stable future in Manurewa. Making sure the outcomes are achieved. Support all community groups to allow our residence families the ability to have a healthy active life style.
Why I’m running
I believe our NZ First policies will enhance the future of Manurewa and all of NZ. Our education, health, family wellbeing policies will work. Jobs, health, housing, general family wellbeing. A safer community. Looking after our senior citizens. We are the stability that is needed for our future. We are ready to go. We know what is needed to achieve and work through all the coming changes. We know there will be walls in the way. NZ First will lead the way and together we will back your future.
About me
I was born and bred in Manurewa since 1957. My children are now grown and live in Manurewa, I have 10 moko and want them and their friends and families to be able to grow in the future as we did. My 15 years on board of trustees at James Cook High School and other positions held at primary and intermediate schools. Currently board management Man. Cosi Club, Man. Rugby Club, Patron Counties Rugby, President Softball Umpires. Fleet manager of Taxis United, been with company for 35 years.
Party list rank
25
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
3rd in Manurewa
Before politics
Fleet manager, Taxis United
Place of residence
Manurewa
Age
63

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Mote Pahulu
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Promote and push for a local trades training facility to prepare our local unemployed youths for employment. Create an affordable family-friendly housing scheme to shift locals now at expensive motels to their own homes. Promote income-splitting for principal income earner and partner to take advantage of low income brackets.
Why I’m running
I am a strong believer in the strength of the family as a cohesive unit. Family breakdowns is the beginning of all society's issues. I believe the reason why New Zealand is the most sought after destination in the world because its family-friendly foundation of justice, equality and fairness to all irrespective of gender, religion or ethnicity all started and nurtured at home. I'm putting my name forward so I can participate and have an input into that process.
About me
I am the New Conservative Party candidate for the Manurewa Electorate. My family made Manurewa our home four decades ago. I know the electorate's heartbeat. I do not live miles away then pretend to represent an electorate I do not know. A local JP in Manurewa since 1997 and have served thousands of locals each year. I have served as a Board of Trustee member at three local High Schools and a Primary School. I have also served as a Trustee of the Wiri Licensing Trust. A dedicated local servant.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
District licensing committee member
Place of residence
Manurewa, South Auckland
Age
68

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Luella Linaker
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Warm, dry affordable homes for all residents and opportunities to support people into home ownership, capital gains tax. Support people into quality jobs, self-employment, and small and medium business growth, creating local jobs. Better outcomes for our most vulnerable and resources going to organisations making a real difference in people's lives.
Why I’m running
Each day I see families in Manurewa doing their very best, many with low incomes and despite poor living conditions. This shows our resilience, but these conditions are holding us back. We need change and our voice to be heard. I'm standing as someone who is committed to, lives in, and is accountable to the community 24/7. No party lines to tow, no compromises. Manurewa needs its own representative in parliament to ensure every decision considers the implications for and impacts on Manurewa.
About me
I live, volunteer, work and shop here in Manurewa with my family and friends. Manurewa is my hometown, where my husband and I are raising our kids in his family home. My background is in policy and strategy for central and local government, and recently co-design. My last project was on improving outcomes for wh?nau with young tamariki in Manurewa. I resigned from my job at Auckland Council to stand in these elections because I truly believe our community deserves its own voice.
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No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Southern Initiative, Auckland Council
Place of residence
Manurewa
Age
49
Wella Bernardo
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
9
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given
Linda Jackson
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
53
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
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No response given
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No response given
Rattan Singh
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
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Party list rank
20
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
Age
No response given
Nuwi Samarakone
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
55
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
No response given
Place of residence
No response given
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No response given

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