Lemauga Lydia Sosene joined the party in 2000 and became a member of the Maungakiekie LEC for the Otahuhu branch and South Auckland Industrial branch. In 2000, she began the Labour Pasifika Women (LPW) group in Auckland. After serving as a representative, she was appointed as the Chair of the Pasifika Sector Auckland.
As a community leader, Lydia is a passionate advocate for youth, community, environment, and economic development. She has led Pasifika initiatives which have led to the development of student and community engagement. Lydia was raised in a strong samoan Aiga (family/whanau) which taught her the values of community service.
Lemauga Lydia Sosene can add her skills and expertise, gained from the electorate offices of Hon Vui Mark Gosche (Maungakiekie MP) and Aupito William Sio (Mangere MP), to the dynamic 2017 Labour Caucus. Her dedicated focus as a MAGS Trustee has led to an impressive increase in academic achievement for Pasifika students over the last 10 years.In 2017, MAGS had a total of 52 School Prefects, and for the first time, 14 of those Prefects were Pasifika student.
Lydia has a thorough understanding of Local Government. She was an elected member of the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board Auckland Council from 2010-2013 and has been the chair since 2013. She believes in social justice and building sustainable effective teams. Additionally, she is a proud member of Etu Union and a staunch supporter of Unions in collective bargaining.