|Claudette Hauiti Claudette Hauti is a successful TV producer who is standing for Citizens the access way was from either Stoddard or Sandringham Rds. Every home along the handful of streets here looks directly into the Mountain. From either the sitting-room or kitchen windows you can see the summit and the cloud patterns coming in from the Waitakere bringing the westerly winds or rolling slowly in from the North and the warmer breeze. This is not the Northern slopes but rather the South-East side of the maunga. Every single one of the homes built prior 1980's are State Houses. The newer homes ie: post 1980 are flats or in-fills and privately owned.
According to political ‘experts' and campaign ‘strategists' this area is a ‘red-spot'. The whanau here are meant to be Labour supporters – but you know what they're NOT! These people are ‘my' people. A couple of whanau are Maori, one or two are Pakeha, some are Pacific Islanders, many more are new immigrant Asian and African. When I say they are ‘my' people, they are families like mine. They are families with ambition, who aspire for greater things. The Parents we met are Mums and Dads who came to Owairaka from all-over so their children can have a better life than they had, a chance at a better education, the opportunity to work in jobs with potential and prospects. They are also Parents who came to Owairaka for safety and security from war torn countries. The children we met are kids with one eye on the telly, a homework book on their lap and a hankering to get out and create havoc. What's stopping them from mischief making are their parents dreams for better, more, safer, happier. Like my family these whanau are also blue collar workers, many working split shift hours for minimum wages. Like my family it will be centre-right politics that will assist them reach their goals. Their hard work ethic will see them break the cycle of welfare dependency. Their ambition for a better education will see their children rise above the negative statistics and achieve beyond the benchmark. These families deserve a centre-right local council that will champion their hard work ethic, that will celebrate their achievements and will reward their ambition. What they do not deserve is a local council that promotes dependency, revels in despondency and offers up excuses for delinquency and disrespect. These locals want a ‘can-do will-do' local board. They'll get that with the C