February 24, 2020
Leoni to fly Labour flag in Waikato
Waitematā Local Board deputy chair Kerrin Leoni has been selected as the Labour candidate for the Waikato electorate.
She has iwi links to the electorate through Ngāti Paoa, as well as having Ngāi Takato and Ngāti Kuri connections.
The seat is held by National’s Tim van de Molen with a 15,000 vote majority, but it does include Labour stronghold towns like Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Waharoa.
The seat is distinguished in Labour Party history as the seat that both female Labour Prime Ministers “ Helen Clark and Jacinda Ardern “ first ran for Parliament.
Ms Leoni, who will also nominate for the Labour Party-list.
She has extensive not for profit, local government and government agency experience, and is the founder of youth charitable organisation Mana Aroha and deputy chair of Violent Free Communities.
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