Faafoi: moths, kids and crays

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Ahead of this year’s elec­tion we asked Labour’s Mana MP the not-so-hard ques­tions.

WHAT DO YOU DO FOR A JOB?

I’m the Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for Mana and that can mean any­thing from at­tend­ing to com­mu­nity is­sues and events, get­ting dunked at a lo­cal school fair or mak­ing a speech in Par­lia­ment.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?

The best part is when your ad­vo­cacy makes a dif­fer­ence to some­one or an or­gan­i­sa­tion that has re­quested help.

About 85 per cent of the work that comes through the door of my of­fice is hous­ing re­lated.

When we help a fam­ily that gen­uinely and des­per­ately needs to be housed that makes me feel our work is mak­ing a dif­fer­ence.

WHAT IS THE WORST?

The pres­sure on fam­ily time. Three years ago, I con­sid­ered call­ing it a day be­cause of the time away from my chil­dren.

I’ve been with my part­ner Mae for three years now and we are ex­pect­ing a baby boy in June. Over time it’s be­come eas­ier to man­age fam­ily life and I know the boys un­der­stand why Dad is busy and can’t make it to ev­ery­thing he’d like to.

WHAT WOULD MOST PEO­PLE BE SUR­PRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I’m deathly al­ler­gic to seafood. The down­side of this is I love the look of cray­fish.

I have vowed if I am­given word from a doc­tor I am­not long for this world that I will ask a whole cooked cray­fish be brought to me so I can go out in style.

HOW DO YOU RE­LAX?

I play my gui­tar, and I spend time with the fam­ily.

WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU IN THE WEEK­ENDS?

Out and about some­where in the com­mu­nity. Mae is from the Po­hang­ina Val­ley in Manawatu so if we want time out we’ll head home to her par­ents farm where mo­bile cov­er­age is at a min­i­mum.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPE­CIAL TAL­ENTS?

I’m told I aman Olympic level snorer.

IF YOU COULD IN­VITE THREE PEO­PLE TO DIN­NER - LIV­ING OR DEAD- WHO WOULD THEY BE?

My Dad, be­cause I miss him and I’d like to have just one more yarn with him.

Neil Finn, as he wrote the sound­track to my ado­les­cence and Billy T James.

FAVOURITE PLACE IN PORIRUA?

Whi­tireia Park. It’s an ab­so­lute gem.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE SU­PER-POWER WHAT WOULD IT BE?

To be able to eat any­thing and stay slim.

WHAT SCARES YOU?

Po­lit­i­cally, that our coun­try be­comes more in­su­lar and more about ‘‘me’’ than the ‘‘we’’.

Per­son­ally, moths. I will lose all san­ity if a moth comes within a

WHATWAS YOUR HIGH­LIGHT OF 2016?

At the po­lit­i­cal end be­ing asked to serve as Labour’s Chief Whip. Lo­cally it was help­ing get­ting the law changed for the Porirua RSA.

THREE THINGS TO TAKE TO A DESERT IS­LAND?

My fam­ily, my gui­tars and a beach cricket set.

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