23 Aug 2010

Pacific Island ticket formed in Manukau

3:19 pm on 23 August 2010

Pacific Islanders from Manukau City have formed a political group to contest the super city elections in Auckland.

The ABC (A Better Choice) ticket, includes long time Labour Party supporters who are standing for the new Auckland Council, community boards and Counties-Manukau District Health Board.

ABC leader Rosie Brown, a former Manukau City Councillor, says the group is a vehicle for Pacific Islanders seeking a political career outside the existing mainstream parties.

She says persistent poor statistics around Pacific Islanders have motivated her to join the group.

Salote Lilo, who founded the Labour Party's Tongan wing, is standing for the group as a city councillor in Manukau. She says ABC is already getting good support.