Marja believes in fighting for the rights of working people.
She believes in fair policies that allow hard-working people to get ahead.
In Marja’s roles working for trade unions, including four terms as president of the Flight Attendant and Related Services Association and later E tū Director of Organising (Aviation), she has been the lead advocate in negotiations with the airlines that operate out of New Zealand. She believes that strong unions, well paid workers and a productive economy are not mutually exclusive but that you need all three to power a just and effective economy.
She has been a passionate advocate for social justice. Marja believes in fairness and equal opportunities, giving our kids the best possible start in life so they can have access to good jobs, decent working conditions, fair wages. To better serve her members, she studied partime while working and graduated in 2014 with a law degree.
Marja is proud to be part of a Government that has committed to help the next generation and address the fundamental issues of housing, jobs, health, the environment, safer communities and education.
She is a proud New Zealander and a proud immigrant. Marja arrived in New Zealand in 1989 and has lived in Rodney for 10 years with her husband Shane and son Max.