Anahila believes every New Zealander must have access to excellent housing, health and education which are fundamental in offering the best start to fulfilling a person’s dreams and aspirations.
Serving the Papakura and Tamaki electorate, Anahila supports the community, organisations and agencies helping with health and wellbeing. "I'm proud to continue to work with our Papakura and Tamaki communities, so they can gain access to affordable housing, quality healthcare and education," says Anahila.
With 17 years of combined social work and managerial positions within Oranga Tamariki in the South Auckland and Tamaki electorate, Anahila understands the importance of having values focused on the wellbeing of the whanau-family. Anahila champions the Labour Party values of opportunity, solidarity and freedom and this strongly resonates with her and her family values. As former Parliamentary Health Select Committee Member and now a Social Services Select Committee Member, Anahila and her team tackle the important issues affecting her community. Anahila says, "My belief is having a warm and dry home has a direct impact on health and wellbeing, that's why housing and health are my priorities. We work hard to ensure we improve the lives of our people by bringing these issues to Parliament and help promote positive, lasting change."
Anahila produces and presents a weekly radio show on Wednesdays at 5pm, "Well with Anahila," where she interviews women and men in the community who are making a difference. Listeners can find out more information about the services available in the area and the people who are working hard to meet the needs of the community.
Tongan born and raised in New Zealand, Anahila has been able to act as a catalyst for action and change for women, social services and community groups. She is involved with Pacifica Inc, Tongan Language Year Committee, Radio Tonga, and is the VP of The New Zealand Tonga RFA. Anahila is also Chair on the Commonwealth Pacific Women Parliamentarians (CWP) where women delegates and MP's unite to discuss causes affecting women in the Pacific regions and support representation of women in Parliament. Anahila will present at the CWP event in Uganda in September 2019. Wife and mother of five children and six grandchildren, Anahila has been a South Auckland resident since 2006. In her free time Anahila enjoys spending time with her family and cooking.
Anahila believes lasting change is a result of great leadership, "We want to continue to develop a whanau-family first stance and build a culturally rich community that supports everyone now and in the future."