Meet Arena Williams
We're running a grass-roots campaign to speak to everyone in Manurewa, Manukau and Papatoetoe.
I live in Manurewa with my husband and two young children. I am of Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Ngāi Tahu and Ngāi Tūhoe.
I grew up in South Auckland. My father served as a Papakura City councillor for many years, and my mother continues to work as a GP. I previously worked for a leading corporate law firm and have a strong background as a community organiser.
I stood for Parliament because I want New Zealand to be a decent, fair place for my kids – doing my best for them means fighting for all families to have warm dry homes, our young people to be in world class education, our workers to be paid a decent wage and an environment that we care for as kaitiaki.
My politics is grounded in my faith and in the belief that everyone has inherent dignity, that work and service bring us fulfilment, and that we have a duty to care for creation.
Under Labour, New Zealand is heading in the right direction and people in Manurewa have more opportunities. I’m working to continue that progress and keep our community moving forward.