Staff Reporter –
A former lawmaker is recalling his co-commandants and troops to renew the electoral battle for membership to the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.
Dr Ashraf Choudhary, New Zealand first South Asian Member of Parliament and his three mates – former Veteran Parliamentarian (and Assistant Speaker of the House) Ross Robertson, Dawn Trenberth and Ivoni Fuimaono – will represent Labour Party contesting for the Papatoetoe Local Board Ward in the upcoming local body elections.
Three Labour candidates are in the filed for the Otara Ward. They are Lotu Fuli, Mary Gush and Reece Autogavaia.
Dr Choudhary said that Labour has two well-known candidates, Efeso Collins and Alf Filipaina standing for the two Councillor positions in the Manukau Ward.
“Our diverse team has some great ideas and we are focused on working together for the benefit of all in the Otara-Papatoetoe community,” he said.
“The Papatoetoe community is very diverse, and our team reflects that, with each of us bringing different experiences, abilities and perspectives. We are fortunate to have an experienced team and I believe that as a team we are best placed to represent a wide range of community interests,” he said.
Dr Choudhary said that working towards better services for families, the elderly, disabled, and young people, strengthening community safety, and the retention and sound financial management of our community assets, are among the policies promoted by the Labour candidates in the ensuing election.
“I encourage all those eligible to vote to urgently enrol, if not already done so, for voting in the forthcoming local body elections starting middle of September to October 8, 2016. Those on electoral role will receive their ballot papers at their registered addresses for postal voting,” he said.
At press time on July 31, Dr Chaudhry and his colleagues were launching their election campaign.