Loheni: Hard work pays off
Agnes Loheni, 45, lives in Te Atatu South and is the National Party candidate for Mangere.
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Getting candid: #gettingcandid How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
Born in Auckland I spent my early years living in Mt Albert and then have lived mainly across Central or West Auckland.
Also spent time in Wanganui and Cambridge.
Give me three words that come to mind when I say ‘South Auckland’?
Where’s the best place to buy dinner in your electorate?
As I have been so busy campaigning I grab quick and easy bites in Mangere Bridge or Community Cafe´ during the day. I prefer to go home for dinner to spend precious time with my five kids and see what my husband has cooked up.
What’s one piece of wisdom
As much as it feels like a buzz to get something for ‘free’ – there is no greater buzz than achieving something that has come from your own hard work, sweat and tears.
The lessons that come from learning something new, overcoming challenges and seeing the fruits of your labour are lessons that will empower you to take control of your own destiny.
What’s one trial or struggle that you’ve overcome?
In between getting married, raising five children and building a business, I finally completed my Degree in Chemical Engineering that I started many years ago. The degree was challenging and more difficult to keep up with it as my daily life as a mother and business owner was very hectic.
As the kids got older and as the business became more stable I could focus back on finishing it. What I learned is that the journey is as valuable as the achievement. I’m grateful my kids got to see both their parents work hard to ensure they can reach their goals.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most - and why?
First off, I admire lots of people in different areas. There are some amazing people in South Auckland who are really taking risks to break out of the mold. In the business/entrepreneur space I’ve really come to know and admire a young Samoan/ Tuvaluan woman Gustavia Lui who is the owner and founder of Staavias Shoes. Gustavia’s story of hard work, drive, ambition and resilience is inspirational.
When I’ve got a free few hours I like to…
hang out with my kids, read and sleep!
Cheaper GP visits for families on lower incomes. A families income package to help low income families with children. Extra supply of transitional and emergency housing to support the vulnerable people in our communities. More funding for mental health. A growing economy has lead to an extra 10,000 jobs per month for the past 18 months. Extra funding to explore options for growth and future of Polyfest
Agnes Loheni, National Party candidate for the Mangere electorate in the 2017 General Election.