Soraya has her roots planted in the Rangitīkei electorate. It has been her home for over two decades after spending time working in Australia during the 1990s where she established businesses in construction, tourism and hospitality. She has Iwi connections to Ngāti Apa in Marton, Hinengakau in Taumarunui, and is Chair of her tribe Ngāti Rangi in Ohakune. Soraya has never forgotten her humble beginnings; coming from a whānau who worked in meat processing, cleaning and factory work. Her current business portfolios are in land utilisation, forestry and honey. She is an accredited Justice of the Peace, member of Whanganui DHB and almost completed an EMBA at Massey University.Read more
Soraya’s experiences in provincial Rangitīkei have informed what thriving communities and farming needs and encouraged her into the world of local body politics. She spent 6 years on Community Board followed by 12 years on Rangitīkei District Council. Whilst on the council Soraya supported policies and initiatives that built the capacity of communities, the farming sector, tourism and small business sectors. Through tenacity, dedication and hard work she has earned the respect of the communities she represented and her colleagues as a person with integrity, energy and someone who gets amongst it.
Working in community development, business and iwi roles, Soraya supports, economic development, sustainable practices, climate change, improved rural connectivity, access to health services and warm dry homes.
Soraya lives at Ratana in the Rangitikei with husband Andre and their youngest son.