Ngaro wants to be active for Te Atatu
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.
Alfred Ngaro is running in the Te Atatu electorate, for the National Party.