Panmure-Ōtāhuhu electorate

Panmure-Ōtāhuhu (formerly Manukau East) is currently represented by Labour's Jenny Salesa, who won safely with a margin of 12,589. In 2017, Labour won the largest share of Manukau East's votes – 66% to National's 23%. Boundary changes this year mean the electorate now includes Panmure, and no longer includes an area south of Papatoetoe.

Jenny Salesa
MP for Manukau East
My local priorities
Ensure our protections against Covid-19 are comprehensive and robust to safeguard New Zealanders' good health. Assist our people to access the support and opportunities Labour's rebuild plan offers to preserve their economic health. Continue to push for safe, healthy homes for all who need them – housing is still a major issue for our electorate.
Why I’m running
A Tongan-born New Zealander, I was brought up with the values of service and hard work. My parents' example plus my commitment to social justice and equal opportunities led me to politics, where I could make a difference in hardworking Kiwis' lives. Covid-19 has taught me Kiwis are a marvellous team of 5 million that will unite to ensure we all thrive. I am proud to be part of Jacinda Ardern's government which has been leading that team and I wish to continue our work towards a better future.
About me
I am a mother of two, living with my husband and extended family in Panmure-Ōtāhuhu. I have BA/LLB degrees from the University of Auckland and 25 years' experience working in health and education as a public servant and with NGOs here and in the US, then as an MP. As a parent, I dream of my children growing up in a New Zealand where everyone gets a fair go and we look after each other. As an MP, I advocate for that dream, working for all people and not just the few.
Party list rank
13
First entered parliament
2014
2017 electorate result
Won Manukau East
Before politics
Principal advisor, TEC
Place of residence
Panmure-Ōtāhuhu
Age
52
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi
List MP
My local priorities
To help hard working New Zealanders get ahead and assist low and middle income earners facing high living costs. To have safe communities and work with youth so they are in education, training or jobs. Strengthen community connections and social fabric. Support our communities to build new enterprises, create local jobs.
Why I’m running
I believe that our country faces its greatest economic and unemployment crisis since the Great Depression. The New Zealand National Party has the team and background to get you, your families and your communities through the economic crisis ahead. I will be working hard to represent the constituents of Panmure-Ōtāhuhu in Parliament so we have more job opportunities for our children, good health and education for all.
About me
I am first generation migrant, born and raised in India who migrated to New Zealand in 2001. My wife, Irvinder and I live in Takanini with our two sons, daughter-in-law and recently born granddaughter. Family and family values are the core of what shapes us and our thinking. I strongly believe in family bonds and ethics. I have and continue to encourage our current and future generations to earn their education and skills to become positive contributing members of our society.
Party list rank
24
First entered parliament
2008
2017 electorate result
2nd in Manukau East
Before politics
Self-employed
Place of residence
Takanini
Age
56
Ted Faleauto Johnston
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Housing. This is the main driver of poverty in NZ now. We will stop speculators buying houses. Education, and investment in youth and resources to stop especially in poorer areas. Focus on health issues, dental, mental health etc.
Why I’m running
I want to help our people, especially those most disadvantaged to have a better life for themselves and their children. Housing is completely unaffordable in Auckland. This enriches banks, speculators but crushes the poor. After rent there is little left to pay for food and living costs. Without good education and opportunity, the children of the disadvantaged are condemned to the same life. That is not what we want in NZ. Resources must be applied where they are needed.
About me
BSc BA LLB, Criminal Barrister for 28 years in South Auckland. Raised in Otara. Lived in Otara most of my life. Lived in UK, Australia, Samoa. Ex-Norforce 7MD army reserves. Previously Otara Community Board, Auckland District Law Society councillor. BOTs Tangaroa and Hillary College. etc. Ex-Chair PI advisory to Manukau City Council. I believe in strong family values, the sanctity of human life, in the protection of our human and civil rights, accountability and responsibility of government.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
6th in Manukau East
Before politics
Criminal lawyer in Manukau
Place of residence
Hillsborough.
Age
60
Phil Bridge
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Housing security: our whānau/family needs affordable and enjoyable housing. Taxation restructure: lowering taxes for low/middle income families with a minimum guaranteed income. Localisation: looking after our families, neighbors, small business and elderly. Moving away from globalisation.
Why I’m running
We were promised that our children would have lower poverty, which translates to families and communities having lower poverty and this just has not happened under Labour, the Greens and NZ First. Panmure-Ōtāhuhu has many benefits but our land faces its own characteristic issues. I believe that we need to structurally change the taxation and financial structure to better benefit all New Zealand instead of global and large monopoly business. We must unite, be the change, we are the 99 percent!
About me
Born in rural Auckland in the northern town Warkworth, I moved to Ōtāhuhu when I was 21yrs old having previously flatted for a few years in Panmure. 25 years later I love the community/culture in my "home town". I am active at the local recreation center Tōia having actively pushed council to maintain the infrastructure, this is ongoing. Having worked in IT then moved onto Construction and having done building management, I am systems focused. Above all whanau/family comes first!
Party list rank
15
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Construction
Place of residence
Ōtāhuhu
Age
46
Bryn Jones
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Improve the homes for people. Warm with no mould. Make it affordable to own your own home. Improve health and wellbeing especially mental health. Reduce the unemployment rate which is the highest in the nation.
Why I’m running
I believe New Zealand is the best country in the world but the management of this nation over the last decades has not been for the nation's best interest. The tragic and devastating decisions over the last months has motivated me to support a peoples movement that started during the first lockdown in March 2020. What has evolved over the last few months is a party that can reclaim NZ for all the people. A country where our children and grandchildren can enjoy a better place than what we know.
About me
My father is Welsh and mother Cook Islander. I currently work for a tier 1 construction company, Mt Wellington Highway, for the past 10 years. We build wonderful infrastructure for NZ and the Pacific Islands. I bring that expectation of delivery of outcomes to benefit the people of this electorate, where the present & previous governments have failed. Starting as a fitter and turner at Devonport dockyard, 12 years in the UK and France, returning to be a carer for my father with Parkinson's disease.
Party list rank
38
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Estimating assistant
Place of residence
Whenuapai
Age
51

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Patrick Brown
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
We demand the government organise a public works programme to provide jobs for the growing ranks of the jobless. Workers need to build our unions and fight for control over production to defend safety at work and in the community. Covid-19 has highlighted the decay of the health system; we demand government-guaranteed, cradle-to-grave health care.
Why I’m running
The Communist League is standing myself in Panmure-Ōtāhuhu and Annalucia Vermunt in Manurewa. We say working people need to break politically from the parties of the ruling capitalists. We need our own party and our own working-class programme in the fight against the attacks on jobs, incomes, and rights by the employers and their governments. 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 trade union member and member of the Communist League I stand alongside others in union struggles and fights against capitalist injustice, including the Black Lives Matter marches in solidarity with peaceful mobilisations in the United States. At the same time I explain that working people need to replace the rule of the exploitative capitalist class with a workers and farmers government. The Cuban Revolution provides a 60-year example of this course.
Party list rank
No response given
First entered parliament
Not previously in parliament
2017 electorate result
Did not stand
Before politics
Supermarket worker
Place of residence
Pakuranga, Auckland.
Age
65

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Mark Simiona
Not currently in parliament
My local priorities
Why I’m running
No response given
About me
No response given
Party list rank
40
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

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