Cap migrants, increase police
Toa Greening, 45, New Zealand First candidate, lives in The Gardens.
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How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
Auckland for 21 years, 17 years in The Gardens. I grew up in Hastings, Hawkes Bay with Maori and Dutch parents.
Give me three words that come to mind when I say ‘South Auckland’? Home sweet home. Where’s the best place to buy dinner in your electorate?
Mini Siam at Southgate, the best takeaway Thai food in the South.
What’s one piece of wisdom you’d like to pass on to others, particularly young people?
The harder you work the luckier you get.
What’s one trial or struggle that you’ve overcome?
At the age of 19, while studying for an engineering degree, I was diagnosed with keratoconus of both eyes. It took four years to adapt to the partial blindness of the condition.
In that time I completed my four-year degree and launched into a very successful IT career.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most - and why?
Hastings district councillor Henare O’Keefe, the giant-hearted community legend of Hastings.
His compassion and unrelenting work to uplift his impoverished community is an inspiration for anyone seeking to become a community leader.
When I’ve got a free few hours I like to… Go off-road mountain biking. Tell us what your party’s policies will do for people in this community?
Only New Zealand First has been steadfast in advocating to reduce immigration to sustainable levels and we will do that by implementing a highskilled immigration policy which is capped at 10,000 per year.
The proliferation of methamphetamine and synthetic drugs is destroying South Auckland ... New Zealand First is the only party that can be trusted to increase police numbers by1800 so that the police can focus on the manufacturers and major distributors of methamphetamine and synthetic drugs.
A party vote for New Zealand First will hold the next government accountable to reducing immigration numbers and increasing our police force. A very strong party vote for New Zealand First will mean we can maintain superannuation levels, remove the TPPA, oppose separatist race based laws and policies, stop the sale of our land to foreign investors and halt the privatisation of our state assets.
New Zealand First Papakura candidate Toa Greening.