Kris Fa’afoi will be Labour’s candidate for Mana. There were four candidates – all very high quality -all spoke well and the selection panel would not have had an easy choice to make. There was a very large turnout and plenty of support for Kris in the hall; he was impressive and will do well.
A very different selection meeting from the last time I attended one in Porirua, when Graham Kelly came through a large field to head off Ken Gray. That was in 1987; I was the Party’s Trade Union Liaison Officer and the union strategy was to support unionists into parliament to help regain Labour from Rogernomics. Graham did stand firm for Labour values and traditions, often a lonely role in those days.
This time there was no argument over values; all the candidates were well grounded. Kris particularly, clearly came from among the communities and families in Porirua, and will represent the next and future generations well. He will I feel be a worthy successor to Winnie Laban.