Auck­land can­di­dates’ sur­prise quirks

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JACK­SON THOMAS

We’ve heard about the pol­icy, now let’s take a look at the lighter side of lo­cal politi­cians.

From yoga in­struc­tor to black belt, pest trap­per to ex­ter­mi­na­tor, cen­tral Auck­land can­di­dates cer­tainly have their quirks.

In the Auck­land cen­tral elec­torate, Green Party can­di­date Denise Roche said she earned a wage while at high school by singing tele­grams.

The Op­por­tu­ni­ties Party Auck­land cen­tral can­di­date Mika Haka also had a his­tory in mu­sic, both as a singer and as the cre­ator of the world’s first gay haka.

Not quite as gifted mu­si­cally as her com­pe­ti­tion, Na­tional Party MP and Auck­land cen­tral in­cum­bent Nikki Kaye said she opted to ‘‘mouth the words’’, rather than hit the high notes, dur­ing her school choir. How­ever, the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter ex­celled in other ar­eas.

‘‘When I was nine I ac­tu­ally won an in­door surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion,’’ Kaye said.

In the Mt Roskill elec­torate, Labour Party MP Michael Wood planned to spend his sum­mer ’’knock­ing about the bush’’ trap­ping pests.

‘‘One of my favourite things to do is go out and I trap rats and pos­sums around the beau­ti­ful Waikowhai coast. It’s def­i­nitely my happy place,’’ Wood said.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Green Party in Mt Roskill was self-pro­claimed ‘‘geek at heart’’, Ri­cardo Me­nen­dez March. While he used to com­pete in fenc­ing, Me­nen­dez March said he was ’’an avid Dun­geons and Dragons player’’.

Fel­low Green Party MP Julie Anne Gen­ter is run­ning in the Mt Al­bert elec­torate and if politics didn’t work out, she had a fall back op­tion.

‘‘I am a cer­ti­fied yoga teacher,’’ she said. ’’I haven’t ac­tu­ally taught a class since be­ing elected but it is some­thing I might go back to one day.’’

Also run­ning in Mt Al­bert, Na­tional MP Melissa Lee had a black belt in karate, while Green MP for Maun­gakiekie Chloe Swar­brick also had a back­ground in mar­tial arts, hav­ing prac­ticed karate for sev­eral years.

Run­ning against Swar­brick in Maun­gakiekie would be Na­tional can­di­date Denise Lee. She said her youth was spent at the lo­cal rub­bish dump, where she and friends would go rat shoot­ing with slug guns.

‘‘A bit of a small town thing to do but a lot of fun,’’ Lee said. Elec­tion day is on Septem­ber 23 and vot­ing be­gins on Septem­ber 11.


Green Party can­di­date Chloe Swar­brick prac­ticed karate for sev­eral years.

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