South Waikato News - - ELECTION 2011 -

How and why did you get into pol­i­tics?

I was ap­proached in May to put my name for­ward to stand as the Labour Party can­di­date in the Taupo elec­torate.

I had wanted to be­come a politi­cian some­thing like 30 years ago but my hus­band told me to for­get it be­cause I had to be rich.

In 2001, I de­cided to stand in the lo­cal body elec­tions in the Toko­roa ward and be­came a South Waikato District Coun­cil­lor.

I am a peo­ple per­son – of the peo­ple, for the peo­ple. I am pas­sion­ate about my com­mu­nity, which I wanted to serve and did so for three terms (nine years).

How do you nor­mally spend your time?

I nor­mally spend my time serv­ing on the dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions I be­long to, cook­ing, clean­ing and tend­ing my gar­dens.

Why did you choose the Labour Party?

I chose the Labour Party be­cause my hus­band and I have al­ways been Labour sup­port­ers and be­lieve that Labour stands for work­ers’ rights and has a so­cial con­science.

Why are you stand­ing in the Taupo elec­torate?

I am stand­ing for the Taupo elec­torate be­cause I live in Toko­roa and have done so for more than 45 years.

What do you be­lieve the big is­sues are na­tion­ally and how do you be­lieve Labour’s poli­cies can ad­dress these?

The big is­sues are our enor­mous ris­ing debt, the ever-in­creas­ing cost of liv­ing and the strug­gle that the ma­jor­ity of our fam­i­lies are try­ing to cope with.

Labour’s poli­cies can ad­dress this with the pro­posal of ev­ery­one pay­ing their fair share of tax, in­tro­duc­ing a cap­i­tal gains tax, com­pul­sory su­per, in­creas­ing the min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour and re­mov­ing the GST on fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles.

Is there any­thing else you think is im­por­tant?

It is very im­por­tant for ev­ery­one to get on the elec­toral roll, es­pe­cially those who have just turned 18, and vote on Novem­ber 26. Re­mem­ber to vote for the party that will do the most good.

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