Christchurch East by-election 2013

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"Three years after the earthquakes, too many people are still struggling with EQC, insurance and with a lack of housing. Christchurch East needs an MP who understands what local people have been through.

I live in South Brighton, and I work on the front lines of the recovery with young people and families struggling since the earthquakes.

I know that what local people need is someone who will listen to them and work hard for the communities of East Christchurch.

With so much to do, and the rebuild dragging on, Christchurch East needs an MP who will get things done."


Poto Williams is a 51 year old resident of New Brighton, she is Regional Manager of St John of God Hauora Trust, managing the Community , Youth and Child Service (Southern Region), based at the Waipuna site in Pages Road in Wainoni. Living and working in the Christchurch East provides a very real understanding of local issues on a daily basis, people wanting a life with a positive future for themselves and their children.

Her current role is the latest in many community based roles, having held senior management positions in the Community Mental Health, Community Health, Disability services and prior to her current role, in the Family Violence sector.

Her community work has included being involved in issues of homeless ness through the LIFEWISE Big Sleepout, being active in the Auckland and Christchurch launches of the Living Wage Campaign, being a member of the Community Child Protection Review Panel and holding governance roles for Waitakere Community Law Service and Community Waitakere.

She is of Cook Island descent, part of a large extended family in New Zealand and Australia, holds an MBA from Southern Cross University and is currently writing a Doctoral Thesis on Pacific Women’s Leadership. Poto and her partner Ken, have three grown up children.

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