Two more Labour electorate candidates have been recently decided:
New Labour candidate announced for Bay of Plenty
Mrs Warren-Clark was announced as the Labour candidate competing for the Bay of Plenty seat late last week. Merivale School principal Jan Tinetti is the Tauranga Labour candidate.
Angela Warren-Clark is the Tauranga Women’s Refuge manager:
…Like the Everest challenge, getting Labour’s numbers up in the Bay of Plenty would be a “big climb too”, Mrs Warren-Clark said. But people in the community were ready for change, she said, with Tauranga being the ninth least affordable city in the world.
“Bring back the Kiwi dream of having good quality of life, a good paying job, the ability to get ahead in life, to do things like buy your own home.”
The two biggest issues for her in the Bay of Plenty were poverty and affordable housing. She said she dealt with those two issues, with the prevalence of domestic violence, in her workplace on a daily basis.
“It doesn’t matter how good a society’s GDP is, or how good roading infrastructure is, or how well your job is paying. If you are not safe in your own home something is fundamentally wrong.” …
Jan Tinetti is a school principal:
Merivale School sees ‘heartbreaking’ impact of homelessness on learning
Merivale’s Jan Tinetti sees first hand the consequences of upheaval and homelessness on Tauranga’s children.
“The eyes start to deaden in the kids that are the highly transient children. They struggle to make friends and they won’t make friends because they know they’ll be leaving again really, really quickly.”
At decile-one Merivale, 10 per cent of children are now homeless or living in temporary accommodation, and Ms Tinetti says even she was shocked when local support service Te Tuinga Whanau revealed it had 140 people within walking distance of the school who were classed as homeless on its books.
“We are truly reaching crisis point. There has always been housing issues and they’ve been able to be managed as individual cases, but the issue that we have at the moment is that there are more and more and more.” …
These are the kinds of grounded, real-world perspectives that we need in Parliament.