Marja Lubeck of Tomarata has been selected as the Labour Party candidate for Rodney for the 2017 General Election.
She is currently an organiser for E tū, the country’s biggest aviation union. She represents cabin crew, ground staff and aviation security workers.
Ms Lubeck worked as a flight attendant for more than 20 years and latterly studied part-time to qualify as a lawyer.
She says she decided to stand for Parliament after seeing union efforts in relation to industrial issues frustrated by national legislation.
“I can do a whole lot of stuff at the union grass roots level, and then I see the National Party come and legislate over the top of it. It makes my job really hard if you have legislation that is not really helpful,” she says.
Local issues that concern her include under-resourced schools, traffic congestion and the struggles of small businesses.
“I look forward to campaigning in Rodney on the issues that matter locally – transport, decent housing, health and education,” she says.