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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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.

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’?

Fu­ture

Faith, Fam­ily,

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

JUSTIN LATIF

Agnes Lo­heni, Na­tional Party can­di­date for the Man­gere elec­torate in the 2017 Gen­eral Elec­tion.

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