Fam­ily, peo­ple, food are vi­tal

Anahila Kanon­gata’a-Suisuiki, 48, Labour Party List can­di­date, lives in Ma­nurewa.

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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. #get­ting­can­did

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.

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