Jesse Pabla’s mes­sage for young peo­ple

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - NIGEL MOFFIET

Jesse Pabla hasn’t voted be­fore but that hasn’t stopped him run­ning for Par­lia­ment.

The 22-year-old Pa­pakura Labour Party can­di­date says rep­re­sent­ing young peo­ple is the driv­ing force be­hind his in­volve­ment in this year’s gen­eral elec­tion.

He hopes to be some­one young peo­ple can re­late to and talk to ‘‘in a way they can un­der­stand’’.

‘‘I see what they see on a dayto-day ba­sis as I live in the area … some of them feel left out which they shouldn’t and that’s why I put my name down. I can re­late back to them and say there is some­one here for you guys.’’

Pabla’s fam­ily have lived in Pa­pakura for 50 years. They ran the fam­ily owned Pabla’s In­dian Res­tau­rant on O’Shan­nessey St from 1993 to 2013.

‘‘Fa­mous for chicken’’, he says.

He helped out at the res­tau­rant most days af­ter school be­fore leav­ing at 17 to start an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing diploma at Manukau In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy.

He put his stud­ies ‘‘on hold for a bit’’ and started his first full­time job at 19 as a bouncer at a night­club.

‘‘I hate the word bouncer … we don’t call our­selves bounc­ers, more ‘door hosts’ … bouncer’s a bit ag­gres­sive.’’ our but­ter

The job taught him some­thing very im­por­tant which he is tak­ing into politics, he says.

‘‘Be­ing so young it was a big chal­lenge but it’s about re­solv­ing con­flicts more with your mouth than any­thing else … the best way to solve things is to talk.’’

Pabla joined the Labour Party at 16 and will be the first in his fam­ily to stand for Par­lia­ment.

How­ever, he fol­lows the foot­steps of his grand­dad who has been help­ing the party cam­paign for 15 years.

De­spite be­ing a mem­ber of the party, he didn’t vote when he was 18.

‘‘It didn’t ap­peal to me to vote … but now be­ing more in­volved and get­ting more knowl­edge, I kind of thought, ‘ hey, vot­ing is im­por­tant and your vote does count’.’’

Is­sues such as poverty and home­less­ness are tack­led by first talk­ing to peo­ple who are strug- gling the most, Pabla says.

He be­lieves in cre­at­ing more ap­pren­tice­ships and more state houses. ‘‘We need to pro­mote ap­pren­tice­ships.

‘‘Ap­pren­tice­ships build homes … and mak­ing homes means more homes and hope­fully less home­less­ness.’’

NIGEL MOFFIET

Pa­pakura Labour Party can­di­date Jesse Pabla.

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