7 Mar 2014

Labour chooses young Maori woman

8:00 am on 7 March 2014

The Labour Party has high hopes for a young Maori woman it has chosen to stand in an Auckland electorate.

The party says Arena Williams has great potential and has lined her up to contest either Papakura or Hunua in the general election.

The 24-year-old of Ngai Tahu, Tuhoe and Te Aitanga a Mahaki, has grown up in South Auckland and is the former president of the Auckland University Students' Association.

She wants to bring a fresh, youthful perspective to her campaign and says young Maori need to be at the table making policy decisions.

Ms Williams says her generation of Maori don't see a future for themselves under the National government, with cuts to tertiary education and supports for young people transitioning to work.