New MP for Ōtaki: Terisa Ngobi

In the 2020 General Election Terisa Ngobi was elected to represent Ōtaki. The Official count was:

  1. NGOBI, Terisa (Labour) 21867
  2. COSTLEY, Tim (National) 18879
  3. LONG, Bernard (Green) 2135

with the various other candidates each gaining fewer than 1,000 votes.

Terisa Ngobi, MP for Ōtaki.
Terisa Ngobi, MP for Ōtaki.

An article in the Horowhenua Chronicle, 30 Oct 2020, Page 8, by Janine Baalbergen, reads in part:

New MP getting ready to tackle region’s issues

Ōtaki’s new woman in Parliament, Terisa Ngobi, is still buzzing from her shock victory on election night, which has set a few precedents.

She said she believes she is “the first Pasifika person, and of course the first Pasifika woman, and the first person/woman of colour to represent Ōtaki in Wellington”. …

Big issues for her over the coming years are the expressway and the Capital Connection.

“I have travelled to and from Wellington for 16 years. I have used the train a lot and driven the road. I know how bad the road is and the train service should be much more frequent.

“I am really excited that the Provincial Growth Fund had brought a lot of green jobs to our areas.”

She said she is keen to explore more environmentally positive initiatives.

“We must protect the environment and there are a few good initiatives in our electorate happening, such as one that is looking at ways to recycle plastics.”

Other issues that have her attention are housing, jobs, and healthcare, especially outpatient care, and the electrification of the rail track all the way to Palmerston North. …

She is Levin-born and bred and simply loves living here. And it is her passion for her town, her district and its possibilities that drive her to improve on what we have. She’s planning to regularly inform her electorate about what is going on, including via columns in the Horowhenua Chronicle.

Photo from NZ Parliament website.

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