New seat ap­peals to Labour Party leader

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

It’s no se­cret Phil Goff is look­ing to change his seat in Par­lia­ment, but last week it was the chair it­self he seemed keen to up­grade.

The Labour Party leader, along with Mana MP Kris Faafoi, got a tour of Pa­cific Wallcoverings’ fac­tory on June 1 in an early elec­tion­eer­ing visit to Porirua. Pa­cific Wallcoverings man­u­fac­ture Formway’s award-win­ning er­gonomic Life chairs, which Mr Goff took an in­stant shine to.

‘‘I’d like one of these,’’ he told fac­tory gen­eral man­ager Nick Box.

On be­ing told the chairs cost $500, Mr Goff joked: ‘‘I’ll talk to Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vice Com­mis­sion.’’

The visit was in­tended to high­light is­sues Mr Goff is cam­paign­ing for in the elec­tion run-up.

While Pa­cific Wallcoverings is a model of good in­dus­trial re­la­tions, other low-in­come work­ers are be­ing hit hard by the ris­ing cost of food and petrol, the gov­ern­ment’s three-month em­ployee trial pe­riod, and above all the low min­i­mum wage, Mr Goff said.

‘‘You can’t live on $13 an hour and raise your fam­ily. You re­ally can’t.’’

In an age of reg­u­lar fac­tory clo­sures, Pa­cific is also an in­creas­ingly rare lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ing suc­cess story, he said.

Sitting pretty: Kris Faafoi and Phil Goff test the wares at Porirua’s Pa­cific Wallcoverings.

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