Auckland Future, the new centre right ticket contesting upcoming Auckland Council elections, has selected community leader So’oalo Setu Mua to replace Christina Atoa who has had to stand down for health reasons.
Auckland Future chairman Peter Tong, said while regretting the loss of Christina on the Auckland Future ticket for Manukau, he was delighted that So’oalo had been selected.
“As a trained teacher with a Bachelor in Education – Adult Teaching – from Massey University So’oalo is a passionate advocate for personal advancement through educational opportunity. He has been at the forefront of both the Samoa College Old Pupils Association in New Zealand and served at a management level at the Martin Hautus Institute, a private training organization providing quality education and training with a focus on Pacific and Maori learners.”
So’oalo was on the organizing committees for both the Cyclone Winston 2016 relief project and the Samoa Savalalo Market fundraising appeal 2016. He is co-organiser of the ‘Walking Samoans’ initiative in Otara, Mangere and Tamaki which promotes health and wellness by engaging the Pacific community in these areas to take part in regular walks three days a week.
His previous work includes designing and delivery of cultural programmes for the Ministry of Justice to Pacific inmates at Mt Eden and Wiri Women’s Prison.
He has undertaken contract projects for both the Auckland City Council, Entrust (former Auckland Energy Consumer Trust) and Ministry of Health promoting Pacific community engagement and health promotion.
So’oalo will join Ika Tameifuna to contest the two seats for Council in the Manukau ward.
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