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Kris Faafoi, on the list, making way for new Labour MP in Mana

News from NZ Labour Party
Labour MP for Mana, Kris Faafoi, has today announced he will run as a list candidate at this year’s election in order to make way for a new Labour MP in Mana.

“The decision to run as a List candidate has been made with a heavy heart but creates space for new talent to come through at the election,” Kris Faafoi said. “I’ve loved every second of representing the people of Mana, but now is a good time to bring a fresh candidate through to bolster the Labour team in Parliament.

“I will continue to be a strong advocate for the people of Mana right up until the next Labour candidate is elected here on Election Day and beyond.

“Over the last ten years it has been a huge privilege to serve the people of Mana. I know they will be well served by whoever my replacement is.

“I am committed to this Government continuing its bold and ambitious programme of work after the election to help all New Zealanders benefit from the opportunities this wonderful country has to give.

“I believe I continue to have something to offer the next Government hence I will be on the party’s list.

“I want to thank the people of Mana for their trust in me over the past 10 years.

“From Linden, in the South, the beautiful Titahi Bay, the vibrancy of Porirua East, Northern Porirua, which I call home, to the south of the Kapiti Coast, each community has a heart of battlers looking after their slice of heaven.

“I want to thank them for their faith in me and reaffirm that, while I may be calling time as an electorate MP, I haven’t knocked off yet and, if I am returned to Parliament, I will be a supporting voice for the next MP for Mana and a dedicated advocate of the Government’s work to help New Zealanders realise their goals and aspirations,” Kris Faafoi said.

Media release from Anita Baker – Mayor of Porirua City
I’d like to pay tribute to our local MP Kris Faafoi, who has announced today he will he stepping down as MP for Mana in September and standing for the list only. Kris has been a popular local MP. Mana residents have been proud to see him elevated to cabinet and will be sad to see him step aside.

Im sure Kris will continue to live locally and will continue to push the interests of Mana as a Cabinet Minister.

In my view it’s time a local was selected as MP for the first time ever. We have lots of talent living in Porirua and the wider electorate who should be given a shot by the main parties. Too often good locals have been overlooked and now is a time to remedy that.


  1. Neil Douglas, 9. February 2020, 8:05

    I wonder if he’s worried about a voter backlash against the awful decision to axe RadioNZ Concert FM.

  2. BHS, 9. February 2020, 11:47

    Surely it’s within his power to change the decision. Voters need to put the pressure on to push him to change it.

  3. K.M Gibson, 9. February 2020, 17:06

    He is a disgrace to countenance the axing of Concert FM. And to try to distance himself from Paul Thompson’s making “an independent decision”. As if youth will actually listen to radio, be it FM or not.