Family, people, food are vital
Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, 48, Labour Party List candidate, lives in Manurewa.
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Getting candid: How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I migrated from ... Tonga. I arrived in Aotearoa in 1980. In 2007 Fiu and I purchased our home in Manurewa, where we continue to raise our children.
Give me three words that come to mind when I say ‘South Auckland’?
Kainga (family), kakai (people) and me’a tokoni (food). Family is important to me. Although we’re spread across Aotearoa, more than half of our kainga have chosen South Auckland as our home, our place of work and place
We love the lu sipi (steamed lamb in coconut cream and taro leaves) from NayNay Fast Food and Takeaway on Great South Rd, Manurewa. When in Otahuhu the fresh rolls at Vietnam Cafe on Atkinson Ave always makes my plate. My go-to place for snacks is Auckland Indian Sweets and Your family and their cultures is the foundation of your identity.
What’s one trial or struggle that you’ve overcome?
I’ve been smokefree for over 10 years.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most, and why?
My mother Ailine Kanongata’a Likiliki, armed with her Christian belief, love and sense of responsibility her kainga inspired her to successfully navigate as a first generation migrant. She’s paved a pathway for our kainga to settle and contribute positively.
When I’ve got a few free hours I like to…
Relax and share a meal with loved ones.
Tell us what your party’s policies will do for people in
I believe a warm place to call home is a fundamental kick-start in fulfilling one’s hopes and dreams. Labour understands a different solution is required to suit a variety of situations.
Labour will build more affordable homes. Labour will make Housing NZ into a public service rather than a state-owned enterprise, and will substantially increase the number of state houses.
Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki is a Labour Party list MP in the 2017 General Election.