Dr Anae Neru Leavasa is a passionate, hardworking advocate and has served as the inaugural MP for Takanini. He has lived in South Auckland for over 30 years. He is married and has two young children.
After surviving metastatic bone cancer, Dr Anae was inspired to train as a Specialist GP to provide support to his community. He graduated from the University of Auckland Medical School and became a Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.
Dr Anae is a keen humanitarian, having been posted on two assignments in the Pacific with both the Red Cross and a doctors worldwide volunteer organisation. He has also served in rural farming communities as a GP.
As a small business owner, Dr Anae understands many of the challenges faced by the business sector. He understands that there needs to be a robust approach to economy in Takanini. He has also served as a local board member before entering parliament in 2020 wanting to advocate on broader issues.
He established the Inaugural Takanini Electorate Youth Council and also supports policies that help address issues such as the cost of living, criminal activity and improving infrastructure in Takanini. He currently Chairs the Health, Wellbeing and Social Services Caucus Committee and is the Deputy Chair for the Health Select Committee. He continues to be a strong advocate for Takanini and the needs of the community.