Kaye’s new competition
After fighting breast cancer and returning to politics in 2016 National MP Nikki Kaye has a new Labour competitor in her patch.
Labour has put forward Helen White as its new candidate standing in the Auckland central electorate after Labour MP Jacinda Ardern left the area to campaign in the Mt Albert byelection.
The seat has been held by Kaye since 2008.
The Auckland central seat was traditionally held by Labour until Judith Tizard was defeated by Kaye in the 2008 general election by a margin of 1497 votes.
White, an employment lawyer, wants to return the seat to Labour.
‘‘I think I can contribute quite a lot and it needs a change,’’ White said.
‘‘I see a lot of injustice and I want to see a change in government.’’
White moved to Freemans Bay when she was three years old and continues to work in the area.
She lives in Morningside with her three children, two attend the University of Auckland and one attends Mt Albert Grammar.
‘‘If I was to be elected I know the people and they matter to me.’’
When White isn’t working, she leads a busy life with her children and enjoys going on bush walks with her pet dachshund.