National Party members has selected Misa Fia Turner as their candidate in Mangere:
“Fia has a strong record of working hard for the people of Mangere. This election our communities have a chance to gain a strong voice in the National Party and to support a National Government that is focussed on the things that matter,” said Electorate Chair Dan Purcell-Lokeni.
Ms Turner says Labour has taken the support of South Auckland communities for granted and it’s time for a new voice in Mangere.
“Labour no longer represents the values that are most important to our families and communities,” said Ms Turner.
“Mangere communities want more jobs, better education, and our crime rate to keep falling. We want to see our hard work rewarded and create better opportunities for our children and grandchildren. It is with National not Labour that we can achieve this.
“I will be seeking the support of our communities to give Mangere a fresh, strong voice in John Key’s National Party, and to return another National Government that will keep working hard for all New Zealanders after the election.”
Misa Fia Turner was born and raised in Samoa, and has lived in Mangere for nearly twenty years. She is a mother of four and grandmother of three.
She is the co-founder and Clinical Manager of ‘Malu I Uo Faatuatua Family Relationship Services, providing counselling, family therapy, clinical and cultural supervision, facilitation and mediation, training and mentoring. She is also Clinical Practice Manager for Genesis Youth Trust, a Police Youth Development Programme working with youth at risk and families with a focus on reducing youth crime and re-offending.
Amongst a wide range of community activities, Ms Turner is an active church leader and a member of the South Auckland Family Violence Prevention Network. She is a past member of the Whanau Ora Pacific Partners Group and Pacific Island Advisory Committee for the former Manukau City Council.
Surely even its detractors can no longer accuse National of being male, pale and stale.
Not, I hasten to add, that there is anything wrong with men of any complexion.