The very impressive Ginny Andersen topped a strong group of candidates at yesterday’s Wellington list conference. She’s worked for the police for the past eight years in policy and community work, is married with four children, one very new. She is also Labour’s candidate for Ohariu, and her awareness of the pressures families are facing allied to her energy and experience will offer the voters of that electorate a very fresh alternative to the tired and lack-lustre Peter Dunne.
She says on her bio:
I come from a line of teachers, unionists, truck drivers, nurses and wharfies. My Great Uncle, Bill Andersen, stood up for workers’ rights and I am proud of that. Labour is about more than just fairness and equality. It is about caring what happens to people and being prepared to fight for it.
Amen to that.
She also says:
I am married, and a stepmother, a mother and a mother-to-be. We’re a busy family and I understand the pressures other busy families are under. With grocery prices, power bills and the cost of childcare always on the up, it’s always a juggle. Like every Kiwi parent I want New Zealand to be the best it can be for my kids – I want them to go to great schools; to be able to see a doctor when they are sick; to live in a clean, sustainable environment; and to have equal opportunity throughout their lives. That is what I believe Labour offers my kids and all Kiwi families.
That message will connect with the people of Ohariu – and beyond.