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Terisa Ngobi

Candidate for Ōtaki

“I believe in social justice, equality and want to see all New Zealanders living their best lives.”

Terisa Ngobi
Terisa Ngobi

Meet Terisa

Born, raised and educated in Levin, Terisa Ngobi is a proud Horowhenua local of Samoan and Scottish descent.

Terisa understands the diverse needs of the region and will be a strong voice for the people of the Ōtaki electorate. She is committed to continuing the great progress made by Jacinda Ardern and the Labour Party, including the introduction of winter energy payments, increases in the minimum wage and, locally, investment in our rail system and the upgrade of SH1 from Ōtaki to Levin.

Terisa’s key focus is for our most needy children, families and elderly to have good access to social services.

Reducing poverty and supporting equality for all Kiwis has shaped Terisa’s professional life. She studied public policy and Pasifika Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and worked for over 15 years in social service roles across the public sector, including Housing, Education, Welfare, Mental Health and Disabilities. Equally important for her is community and voluntary work, in which Terisa has had active roles in her local community. These have also been based around social services, for example Children’s Day Committee, St Joseph’s School Board, Budget Service Committee and Fill a Christmas Shoe Box Committee.

Terisa spent time living and working in the UK where she met her husband Henry, who is originally from Uganda. With Henry, who is a JP and Deputy Registrar for the Ministry of Justice they have three young boys.

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