Wednesday, October 13, 2010

[pima.nius] PR: Luamanuvao Winnie Laban made extraordinary contribution to political tapa of New Zealand

11:34 AM |

13 October 2010 Media Statement        
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban made extraordinary contribution to political tapa of New Zealand

Labour's new Pacific Island Affairs and Inter-Faith Dialogue spokesperson Su'a William Sio says outgoing MP and spokesperson Luamanuvao Winnie Laban has made an "extraordinary contribution to the political tapa" of New Zealand politics for Pacific people and the Labour Party.

"Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, who gave her valedictory speech yesterday, will be sorely missed by Parliament and Labour," Su'a William Sio said.

"She brought dignity and mana to her dealings with MPs, and was well respected across the political spectrum.

"She has carved out a permanent place in the history books as one of the first Pacific pioneers in our Parliament, helping to blaze a pathway for others like myself to follow," Su'a William Sio said.

"Winnie, the first Pacific women to enter Parliament and to become a minister, has been a strong advocate and role model for Pacific women."

Su'a William Sio said that in inheriting Luamanuvao Winnie Laban's roles, he wants to work closely with Labour colleagues to provide a Pacific perspective to policies that leave a lasting legacy for a healthy and educated New Zealand.

"I want to provide a Pacific perspective across the political divide of a strong foundation based on inclusiveness and valuing diversity of languages, cultures and faiths. 

"I am excited about the role of Inter-Faith Dialogue which Winnie began," Su'a William Sio said. "Labour will aim to build on existing individual and institutional relationships to create lasting interaction between people of different religious and spiritual traditions (or faiths) in the community and to support their meaningful participation in our democratic processes.

"I will work to build better understanding between Labour and our diverse communities, and ensure our policies reflect the needs of the many and that we are looking after the vulnerable sectors of our society."

Contact: Su'a William Sio 021 243 0464

John Harvey
Press Secretary
Office of Hon Phil Goff
Leader of the Opposition
+64 4 817 9305
+64 21 461 675

pacific islands media association
aotearoa, new zealand
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