Ala' Al-Bustanji was born in Jordan, where both his parents were schoolteachers. When Ala' was seven, his father was arrested, simply for standing up for his and his people’s rights and for calling for a teacher’s union. Ala' says his father never stopped fighting, and is today a founding member of the Jordanian Teachers Union.
Ala' moved to New Zealand in 2009, and settled in Taupō with his partner Cynthia. Sometimes working two jobs, Ala’ owned and operated a small business for five years, “I know first-hand, the challenges that face hard working people and small business owners.” Today, Ala’ is a proud to be working as a Corrections Officer.Read more
Ala' is a member of the Muslim community. Like the rest of our nation, he was shocked and horrified by the terrorist attack in Christchurch in March 2019.
And he was also proud and grateful for the unconditional love, kindness and solidarity the Muslim community received from New Zealanders across the nation and the great support from our Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. “I want to thank our great nation, I want to serve my community in every way possible, that’s why I joined the Labour Party, and that’s why I’d be honoured to serve my community as Member of Parliament.”
Ala’ is passionate about the environment and is committed to work with the local community across the Taupō electorate to address and solve local issues.