Own Our Future | Michael Wood

List candidate | #32 on the Labour list

Phone027 547 1926Emailmwood1935@gmail.comFacebookmwoodnz

I believe that politics matter. If we want to live in a country in which people are treated equally, in which there is not a yawning chasm between rich and poor, in which our environment is treated with care and resepect, and in which our long-term economic decline is turned around, then we need to make changes through our political system. That is why I am involved, and that is why I am Labour.

A long-term Mt Roskill resident, I care deeply about my local community, and about the future of Auckland. I am an elected member of the Puketapapa Local Board of the Auckland Council, and have previously worked in retail, and as a union negotiator in the finance sector, where I negotiated some of New Zealand’s largest collective agreements with large Australian owned finance companies.

I have also enjoyed contributing to the community through a range of voluntary organisations and governance roles, including spells on the governing Council of Manukau Institute of Technology, the Auckland Regional Economic Development Strategy Forum, my local Plunket committee, the Board of the Roskill Union Health Centre, and my Church vestry.

Currently I balance my responsibilities on the Local Board, and my work for the Labour party with caring for my two young sons (aged 1 and 4). Spending time with them is important, and by splitting childcare with my wife over the past few years I have found out first hand what a challenge it is to juggle work and life responsibilities in New Zealand today. When I get some time to myself I’ll try to fit in some walking, vegetable gardening, reading, or if at all possible, some serious cricket watching.

I have been politically active since university days, have been the Labour candidate for Pakuranga twice, and was Labour’s candidate for the Botany by-election earlier this year. Being on the ground, meeting people, hearing their stories, and campaigning for a better future is something that I really enjoy. In politics I am driven by a core set of values that are shaped by my Christian faith. I believe in the essential dignity of every person, the right to live a life free from the perils of poverty and fear, in the responsibility of all of us to live together as a community rather than as atomised individuals, and in the need to respect the resources of the earth and to share them fairly. Labour’s history, values, and policies, best align with this outlook and I am proud to be a Labour candidate.

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