Ngaro wants to be ac­tive for Te Atatu

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - TORIKA TOKALAU

Al­fred Ngaro is out to avenge his loss.

The last time he ran for Na­tional in the Te Atatu elec­torate, he lost to Labour’s Phil Twyford.

This Septem­ber, he hoped to do bet­ter by his ‘‘home’’ elec­torate.

Ngaro was born in Pon­sonby but moved to west Auckland when he was seven, where he at­tended school un­til sec­ondary level, played rugby and trained as an elec­tri­cian. He even met his wife Mokauina out west.

After his 2014 loss, he bought a home in Te Atatu Penin­sula and re­lo­cated with his fam­ily, and set up of­fice in Te Atatu.

He made it into par­lia­ment as a list MP, and has since been el­e­vated to min­is­te­rial roles.

But it’s the Te Atatu seat he said would be an ‘‘hon­our and priv­i­lege’’ to win.

Ngaro knows the bat­tle will be tough, es­pe­cially since Te Atatu has been Labour’s ter­ri­tory since 1993. His op­po­nent Twyford has been the elec­torate MP for two terms. Be­fore that the seat was held by Chris Carter for four terms.

The last time Na­tional won the elec­torate was in 1990, with Brian Nee­son. And it’s former Labour MP Carter that Ngaro as­pires to be like for the Te Atatu elec­torate. ‘‘One of the things that I’ve no­ticed from talk­ing to peo­ple was that they may not have agreed with his pol­i­tics but they re­spected him,’’ Ngaro said.

Ngaro said he prides him­self in three things – his fam­ily, his faith and his ac­tive work in the com­mu­nity.

‘‘For me, it’s sim­ply about hard work, be­ing a cham­pion for change for the things our com­mu­nity value most and it’s be­ing able to sort of be present in a way that you hear what peo­ple have, is­sues they come up with and then show­ing [them] you can be an ad­vo­cate for those things.’’

For the Te Atatu elec­torate, Ngaro be­lieved the most im­por­tant is­sues were trans­port, hous­ing, ed­u­ca­tion, im­mi­gra­tion and drugs.

He also be­lieved Hen­der­son’s in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion was im­por­tant, and promised to push gov­ern­ment to work with council to grow op­por­tu­ni­ties in the com­mu­nity.

STUFF

Al­fred Ngaro is run­ning in the Te Atatu elec­torate, for the Na­tional Party.

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