Faafoi: moths, kids and crays
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.