Working-class man stands for Labour
Sticking up for New Zealand’s working class is something Ala’ Al-bustanji is passionate about.
The Taupo dairy owner was recently selected as the Labour Party’s Taupo Electorate candidate, which incorporates the South Waikato.
The appointment means he will go head to head with National’s Louise Upston in the next general election.
While he knows taking on Upston won’t be easy he said he’s prepared for the challenge in order to get the voice of New Zealand’s working class heard.
‘‘Things are not as good in New Zealand as the Government would like you to believe,’’ he said.
‘‘I know families are working hard, sometimes working two jobs, but still struggling to afford mincemeat and pay their bills. I know this because I have lived it.’’
Al-bustanji immigrated to New Zealand from Jordan eight years ago and settled with his wife in Taupo.
He said working two jobs for minimal money puts him in good stead to fight for those in similar situations.
‘‘Labour is going to take Taupo back. It will be hard as I am just a working man but I think that is a strength as it means I know the challenges our community faces,’’ he said.
‘‘Labour has great plans to invest in the regions because when you invest in the regions that means you have to look after tourism, farming, and the other industries that generate income and jobs.’’
‘‘The South Waikato falls into a farming and tourism area so investing in those areas is going to help a lot.’’
He said more jobs in the area will be generated through Labour’s affordable housing plan and reinvesting in the health system.
‘‘Labour plans to invest in health by reversing the $1.7 billion the Government has taken out because when you invest in the health system there is also more capacity to hire people which is the key to also getting rid of the long waiting lists,’’ he said.
‘‘You train them, you hire them, and added more staff to places that need staff like Tokoroa.’’
‘‘Another way of generating new jobs is through Labour’s plan to build 100,000 affordable homes within 10 years which will give the building industry a lot of new jobs,’’ he said.
Labour’s Ala’ Al-bustanji.