‘Dreams never out of reach’

Ka­t­rina Bun­gard, 33, Na­tional Party can­di­date for Ma­nurewa. She lives in Paku­ranga.

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In the lead up to the gen­eral elec­tion, we go be­hind the bill­boards and party colours to give you a ‘first per­son’ in­sight into the as­pir­ing can­di­dates. We’re pub­lish­ing their im­ages in black and white so you can see them as peo­ple, not just as politi­cians and their po­lit­i­cal brands.

Get­ting can­did: How long have you lived here and where are you orig­i­nally from?

I was born and raised in Auck­land on the North Shore and have lived in Paku­ranga for the last nine years.

Give me three words that come to mind when I say ‘South Auck­land’?

Com­mu­nity, cul­ture, vi­brance.

Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in your elec­torate?

There are so many di­verse food options on of­fer, it’s hard to pick one. As long as I’m sur­rounded by fun, laugh­ter, and good peo­ple, din­ner will be a sure hit.

What’s one piece of wis­dom you’d like to pass on to oth­ers, par­tic­u­larly young peo­ple?

Think big! Your dreams and great­est am­bi­tions are never out of reach, no mat­ter how far away they may seem. You just need to keep your heart and mind fixed on the path that leads you there.

What’s one trial or strug­gle that you’ve over­come?

Los­ing my left leg to bone can­cer at 11 years old. Through this ex­pe­ri­ence I learned to ap­pre­ci­ate the value of life, the im­por­tance of re­silience, and de­vel­oped a pas­sion for serv­ing the com­mu­nity. I’ve been in­volved in a range of can­cer­sup­port char­i­ties as a re­sult, in­clud­ing Can­teen and Camp Qual­ity. In 2013 I also started my own lo­cal can­cer sup­port net­work, Can-Care East.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most, and why?

As some­one who trea­sures ed­u­ca­tion and ad­mires po­lit­i­cal grit and as­pi­ra­tion, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye is a per­son I ad­mire. Her demon­strated re­silience and de­ter­mi­na­tion fol­low­ing her breast can­cer is some­thing that can’t go un­recog­nised. Her pas­sion for ed­u­ca­tion is also in­spir­ing.

When I’ve got a few free hours I like to…

Read, and re­lax with my fam­ily.

The Na­tional Party is com­mit­ted to de­liv­er­ing projects in Ma­nurewa that will ben­e­fit res­i­dents and the com­mu­nity. The Na­tional Gov­ern­ment is work­ing at pace to build Auck­land’s new­est tran­si­tional hous­ing com­plex in Ma­nurewa, which will help up to 216 vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies and peo­ple a year in need of warm, dry, se­cure hous­ing. This def­i­nitely ad­dresses a lo­cal need. Na­tional is in­vest­ing $2 bil­lion in our Fam­ily In­comes Pack­age. Part of it in­cludes an ad­just­ment to in­come tax thresh­olds that will help hard-work­ing Ki­wis get ahead; changes to

Ac­com­mo­da­tion Sup­ple­ment ar­eas that will pro­vide fur­ther gains for some fam­i­lies, and more. Na­tional is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing bet­ter re­wards for hard work, help­ing lower-in­come fam­i­lies with young chil­dren meet their liv­ing costs, and im­prov­ing in­comes for those with high hous­ing costs. To ac­com­mo­date roll growth, Clen­don Park School and Rowan­dale School will each re­ceive six ad­di­tional class­rooms, as part of a wider in­vest­ment in Auck­land classes.

JARRED WIL­LIAMSON/STUFF

Na­tional Party Ma­nurewa elec­torate can­di­date Ka­t­rina Bun­gard.

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