Labour picks Manukau East candidate

Jenny Salesa.
Jenny Salesa.

Jenny Salesa has taken over the golden chair.

She was selected from a group of eight vying to be the Labour Party candidate for Manukau East.

MP Ross Robertson is one of Parliament's longest serving members and will have spent 27 years as an MP when he retires this year. He is shifting to his new role as an Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board member.

Ms Salesa has 19 years' experience working with public and private sectors in New Zealand, Tonga and United States.

During her career she has taken on the roles as a lawyer, funder, policy analyst and senior official.

Ms Salesa has been a member of the Labour Party and Maungakiekie Labour since her return to New Zealand in 2012. She is committed to the party's Pacific sector as well as the Tongan Strategy for Labour.

The chairwoman of the Tongan Youth Trust and Ha'apai Relief Committee, she was successfully elected as the Labour candidate for the Mt Wellington Licensing Trust last year.

Party president Moira Coatsworth says Mr Robertson has left big shoes to fill but Ms Salesa is up to the challenge.

"Jenny has an outstanding record of working with people and communities.

"She will advocate strongly for the people of Manukau East dealing with housing, unemployment and state services," she says.

Auckland mayor Len Brown says Ms Salesa is an "outstanding candidate" and part of a "powerful" generation of young Pacific people.

"All the hopes and dreams and aspirations of their mums and dads are written large in them."

The other candidates were: Efeso Collins, Noorie Dhillon, Anahila Kanongataa-Suisuiiki, Sunny Kaushal, Efu Koka, Jerome Mika and Lydia Sosene.

Manukau Courier