May 05, 2017
Social distress driving Labour candidate
Labour’s East Coast candidate says nine years of National-led Government has left people in the region struggling.
Kiri Allan has been ranked at 20 on the party list, meaning she is almost certain to be part of the next Labour caucus.
She says growing up on the coast in the 1980s, she didn’t know anyone who was homeless, but that’s changed.
"Everywhere you go you are seeing our people more often than not really struggling to have a good crack and make ends meet and I think that's just wrong. We live in one of the most beautiful resource rich countries in the world but we can't feed out kids," she says.
Kiri Allan, who’s the ninth in a family of 10, who dropped out of school at 16, says the school of hard knocks and some fortuitous friendships led her to law school and into politics.
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