Sosene: Lis­ten to your el­ders

Le­mauga Ly­dia Sosene, 52, lives in Favona and is a list can­di­date for the Labour Party.

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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 are pub­lish­ing their im­ages in black and white so you can get to 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?

Born and raised in South Auck­land at­tend­ing school and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. Our fam­ily did live in Hen­der­son as my par­ents pur­chased their first house [there in the] late 60s; my own fam­ily lived in Grey Lynn and Pon­sonby for nearly ten years.

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

Colour­ful, Coura­geous, Cul­tured.

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

Man­gere Town Cen­tre precinct.

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

Lis­ten to your el­ders, they are wise and know what they’re talk­ing about hav­ing once lived life as a young per­son.

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

Pub­lic Speak­ing.

Who is the Kiwi you ad­mire most - and why?

My par­ents – both mi­grated from Samoa 1950s and mar­ried. My fa­ther was a Rev­erend, and were found­ing min­is­ters EFKS Otara church mid-1960s, then found­ing min­is­ters EFKS Pa­p­a­toe­toe early 1970s. Both worked weekly and Satur­days rais­ing their fam­ily; Sun­days, church du­ties morn­ing and evening. They pro­vided and sac­ri­ficed so much for us kids grow­ing up, in­clud­ing sup­port for many of our ex­tended fam­i­lies here and over­seas.

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

Work in my gar­den or sit qui­etly with no dis­trac­tions, re­flect and read. Other­wise go for a walk or a bike ride lo­cally.

Hous­ing, Health, Ed­u­ca­tion and Jobs. Not enough hous­ing is the great­est prob­lem. How did we get into this sit­u­a­tion, not enough houses have been built over the last num­ber of years. Home­less­ness and sub-stan­dard Board­ing Houses in Man­gere also needs to be ad­dressed im­me­di­ately. The over­all Health of the peo­ple in Man­gere is an­other is­sue, costs of go­ing to the Doc­tors and pre­scrip­tion charges. If peo­ple can­not af­ford it they will not got to the Doc­tors and re­main un­well. Some chil­dren ar­rive to school hun­gry, more work for the most vul­ner­a­ble fam­i­lies in a co­her­ent co-or­di­nated man­ner of the rel­e­vant gov­ern­ment and agen­cies tasked with this. Labour has an­nounced a num­ber of poli­cies rel­e­vant to ev­ery­day cir­cum­stances of peo­ple in our com­mu­nity.

‘‘Lis­ten to your el­ders, they are wise and know what they're talk­ing about.’’

JUSTIN LATIF

Le­mauga Ly­dia Sosene is also the cur­rent chair of the Man­gere-Otahuhu Lo­cal Board.

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