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Northcote needs a strong voice in Government

Northcote needs a strong voice in Government


Labour’s candidate for Northcote Shanan Halbert officially launched his campaign at Birkenhead Primary School today, detailing how he will be a strong voice for the electorate inside Jacinda Ardern’s Government, rather than on the Opposition back benches.


Mr Halbert was introduced by Labour Leader and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to a crowd of more than 500 locals and supporters.


“As a candidate that lives locally, I know that Northcote needs a strong advocate inside Jacinda Ardern’s Government,” said Mr Halbert. “Being an MP inside the Government rather than an opposition backbencher means I can push for real wins for our community.”


Mr Halbert talked about his background, his seven years living in Northcote, his collaborative style of leadership, and his plan for solving the big issues facing the electorate.


“I will work with the local board, Auckland Council, and my Labour colleagues in Government to help unclog our roads, get more affordable housing, and to make sure Northcote schools are delivering world-class education for our kids.”


“I will advocate for more vocational training options locally for school leavers and more resources for organisations like De Paul House to support families who need emergency housing this winter.”


“Today we launch a Northcote campaign that is aspirational and unashamedly progressive. From Beach Haven to Glenfield to here in Birkenhead, this campaign is about everyone.


“The Northcote community needs a leader that will deliver. That’s what I will do as your MP,” said Mr Halbert.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, “Shanan is a great advocate that really cares about his community. I know that he’ll focus on the issues Northcote cares about. He’ll make a great local MP.”


“We know Labour are the underdogs in this race, but we’re giving it our all.”


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