New seat appeals to Labour Party leader
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.