Getting candid with ... Peeni Henare
Getting candid: In the lead up to the general election, we go behind the billboards and party colours to give you a 'first person' insight into the aspiring candidates. We are publishing their images in black and white so you can get to see them as people not just as politicians and their political brands. #gettingcandid
Peeni Henare, 37, lives in Blockhouse Bay and is the Labour Party candidate for Tamaki Makaurau.
How long have you lived here and where are you originally from?
I have lived in Tamaki Makaurau on and off since birth and have been here permanently since 2000.
Give me three words that come to mind when I say 'South Auckland'?
Home of Ngapuhi
Where's the best place to buy dinner in your electorate?
What's one piece of wisdom you'd like to pass on to others, particularly young people?
Whaia te iti kahurangi erangi me maumahara, he taonga te whakaiti
What's one trial or struggle that you've overcome?
I wouldn't call it a trial but more a blessing. I was a young teenage father and proud of my now 21 year old son.
Who is the Kiwi you admire most - and why?
I admired my grandfather Sir James Henare because he was the embodiment of living in both a Maori world and a Pakeha world.
When I've got a free few hours I like to …
I like to read and spend time with my kids.
Tell us what your party's policies will do for people in this community?
We have a wide range of policies that will help the people of Tamaki Makaurau from housing, education to health.Our policies are designed to build more homes for our whanau and to also reverse the imbalance that exists between renter and landlord. We want education to be accessible to all tamariki and not a burden on parents which is why we want to increase funding to schools and allow teachers to teach instead of assessing our kids. Labour wants to restore the huge health funding hole that has seen hospitals turn people away. We want to reduce the cost of healthcare while also ensuring that tamariki at school have access to nurses and mental health care workers.