‘Dreams never out of reach’
Katrina Bungard, 33, National Party candidate for Manurewa. She lives in Pakuranga.
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.
National Party Manurewa electorate candidate Katrina Bungard.