Wellington Scoop

Somali-born social worker standing as council by-election candidate

A Wellington businessman who came to New Zealand as a refugee from Somalia has joined the by-election race for Wellington’s Southern Ward following the resignation of Paul Eagle.

Mohamud Mohamud is a former social worker with extensive experience in the community and voluntary sector, having been Chairperson of the Multicultural Council of Wellington.

Since he came to New Zealand 18 years ago, he has successfully completed a degree in Social Work, worked as a social worker, and now manages a small business in Wellington.

Mr Mohamud says his main reasons for entering the by-election contest are to give something back to the community and the city that have become his home, and to represent the people of the Southern Ward in such a manner that they feel their voices are being heard in discussions around the table where the decisions are made.

If elected, Mr Mohamud will support sustainable transportation solutions for the wider region. He believes locals know what is best for their own community.

He will push for funding for new social enterprises and small businesses that will improve housing, health, education, transport and the environment of Wellington South. Mr Mohamud will focus on the people and issues of Wellington South and not be limited by big party politics and policies.

He is married with six children.

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