Kiritapu Allan has been selected as the East Coast Labour Party candidate in the 2017 General Election.
Allan says, “I am honoured to be Labour’s candidate for the 2017 election and I look forward to representing all of the East Coast electorate in Parliament.
East Coast is a large electorate made up of many strong communities and I will be working hard to make sure all these voices are heard loud and clear in Parliament.
We have seen the region lose decent jobs, affordable housing and investment in infrastructure under this government. It is harder and harder for families to make ends meet and that needs to change.”
Raised in Paengaroa, Kiritapu works locally as a commercial lawyer and business consultant.
Former Deputy Prime Minister and local Party member Sir Michael Cullen says, “Kiri is the ideal candidate for the people of the East Coast and as representative for the Labour Party.
I’m delighted that Kiri has been selected as the candidate. She is intelligent, energetic, filled with compassion and aroha.
Her experience, both professionally and personally, working in communities throughout the region gives her a depth of both expertise and personal connections that means she can be a genuinely effective voice particularly in this large electorate.”
Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton adds, “Kiri joins our growing list of energetic and fresh candidates who will stand for Labour in 2017. Our focus is on electing a strong, Labour-led government next year that will rise to the challenge, back the Kiwi Dream and build a better New Zealand.”