Faafoi turns fo­cus to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence

Kapi-Mana News - - ELECTION 2014 - By KRIS DANDO

Kris Faafoi is not go­ing to be idle once the dust set­tles on the elec­tion.

Though he will be tak­ing some much-needed time off with his sons in the up­com­ing school hol­i­days, he is al­ready look­ing for­ward to is­sues for the Mana elec­torate in the com­ing term.

He has been prom­i­nent in the fight against syn­thetic cannabis and over the state of hous­ing, and said do­mes­tic vi­o­lence was some­thing he also wanted to tackle.

‘‘A lot of what I fo­cus on comes from what peo­ple come to talk to you about – lis­ten­ing and build­ing those com­mu­nity con­nec­tions is part of your job as the lo­cal MP,’’ he said.

‘‘They rely on you to be their voice. One is­sue I’m hear­ing a lot of is do­mes­tic vi­o­lence and I’m re­ally keen to get some pos­i­tive mes­sages out on that.’’

The clo­sure of the Mana PostShop was some­thing he had fought against, but he was not able to at­tend a pub­lic meet­ing to­day be­cause of Labour’s first cau­cus assem­bly.

Plan­ning for the next three years would get un­der way soon for Faafoi, with his Mana team.

‘‘ After four years we’ve learnt some lessons on how to be ef­fi­cient. It’s a case of car­ry­ing on and do­ing the good things right.

‘‘I have no in­ten­tion of sit­ting back on my lau­rels – the great thing about this cam­paign is meet­ing peo­ple and hear­ing the con­cerns out there, and now it’s about do­ing my best to ad­dress them.’’

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Num­ber crunch­ing: Kris Faafoi checks the lat­est re­sults on elec­tion night.

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