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Julie is the Deputy Chair of the Puketapapa Local Board. She has a strong interest in how the council can use its resources to get better community, economic and environmental outcomes. With a background in education, Julie is an activist by nature with a passion for social justice. When not on the radio, a computer or in a meeting she is running a busy household which includes three children. Time out is reading science fiction.
Priyanca is a Labour list MP. She has extensive experience working with women survivors of violence and migrant workers facing exploitation. She is passionate about social justice and strongly believes that everyone deserves to live with dignity. In her down time, you can find Priyanca playing board games with friends or spending time with her husband and two rescue dogs.
Deborah is the MP for New Lynn where she lives with her husband and three teenage daughters. Deborah is a tax expert who has worked in the private and public sectors, as well as lecturing at universities in Australia and NZ. Deborah’s doctoral thesis was on multiculturalism. In her spare time Deborah reads science fiction and the classics; she gardens and knits.
Previously a community lawyer in Henderson, Shane is now the Chair of the Henderson –Massey Local Board, elected under the Labour Party banner in 2016. He is a proud Westie who in his community law role gave free advice and gained many insights into community needs. In his downtime, Shane enjoys cricket and goes surfing and hiking.
Marja arrived in Aotearoa from Holland in 1989. As a travel lover and self-confessed workaholic, she struck a balance working for 21 years as a flight attendant for Air NZ. An invitation to campaign for Labour in Rodney piqued her political interest and she's been hooked ever since. She lives with her husband and son Max near Wellsford, where they share a five acre block with their cows, chickens and ducks.
An MP since 2017, Anahila is passionate about family values. Her career includes over 17 years social work experience, a broadcast role for Radio Tonga of Aotearoa, and she has been as a catalyst for action and change for women, social services and community groups. On top of all that, she’s also a boss in the sports department, having held managerial roles for Lofa Tonga National Women’s Rugby and Otahuhu RFC, and currently as vice president of the NZ Tonga RFA.
A member of the Māngere–Ōtāhuhu Local Board, Christine works part-time in the Manukau East Electorate office. Her family’s values of social justice and community service drew her to years of volunteer work and into politics. She believes Council support for the arts fosters wellbeing, innovative thinking, economic opportunity and is essential to thriving communities. On free evenings, she reads, watches K-Dramas or exercises her two rescue dogs.