Mika squares off against Collins in Papakura for round two
Labour Party candidate Jerome Mika has been selected to step into the ring for round two with Judith Collins in the fight for the Papakura electorate in September.
In the 2011 general election he pulled in 8206 votes, less than half Collins' 18,096. This election Mika says he wants to focus on housing, kids and jobs.
"There are a lot of people who want a change, I think Collins' popularity is folding.
"I want to focus on what matters and every day more and more middle-income people are being squeezed out of the housing market.
"Labour's Kiwibuild scheme will create 10,000 houses a year, that's going to be a huge improvement for New Zealanders."
Mika says the Government's changes to employment law have made fulltime workers feel like temporary staff.
"Apprenticeships are a big thing for us. Now we're having to get in skilled labourers from overseas to handle the Christchurch rebuild. We have a young population, we need to tackle youth unemployment and apprenticeships are a productive way to do it."
He wants to be realistic about his chances of beating Collins for the seat but still thinks he can take a "big chunk" of her majority.
"I was brought up with a Christian minister as a father and that gave me my core set of beliefs. I believe in social justice and being inclusive of everyone."