Aere Anne (Ma) Nicholas is standing independently for the Papatoetoe Subdivision on the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board in the 2022 New Zealand Local elections. 22091401
A number of Cook Islanders have entered New Zealand’s local body elections to be held from September 16 to October 8, as candidates.
Aere Anne (Ma) Nicholas is one of them and up for the
challenge, standing as an Independent candidate for the Papatoetoe Subdivision
on the Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board.
Nicholas believes she has what it takes to serve the
people of Papatoetoe to ensure they “benefit from effective and efficient
decisions concerning the Board’s direction”.
“Papatoetoe is my home, my place of work, and I am
committed to serving my community to make it the best place to live,” she said.
Over the years, Nicholas has seen that a lot has
changed in Papatoetoe.
She sometimes feels that Papatoetoe is forgotten in
view of the rise in crime and the low rate of employment.
“I want to
ensure my community remains resilient and safe. I believe I can bring
considerable life lived experiences and be my community’s strong voice - to be
actually heard at the table.”
Her diverse community experiences constantly change. However,
she is confident she can bring consistency and be of significant value to the Board,
in a manner that recognises local voice and local needs without being burdened
by the affiliation to larger central government parties.
Her parents the late Matamaru (8 July 1933 - 28 April
2017) and Manarangi Nicholas BEM (4 August 1931 - 14 March 2006) were both
staunch community advocates in Rarotonga, in their home village of Ruatonga and
other districts, the Vaka, religious organisations, sports and cultural events.
Her father Manarangi was the Pu Tapere (leader) of “Te Rua O Te Tonga” (the
Capital) until his passing.
Nicholas is the middle child of 11 children, she has
five brothers and five sisters. She is married to Narii Pierre of
Tupapa/Matavera and has two children, Robert and MahiNarii, and three moko
Growing up as a child in the presence of her parents,
dedication and allegiance to society has certainly rubbed off on Nicholas.
She wants to bring the same ethics to the
Papatoetoe-Otara Local Board.
If elected, Nicholas said it would present her with an
opportunity to work smart and hard for the community and to ensure that the residents
are represented and heard in matters that have a great deal meaning to them.
“I believe that governance must be undertaken
ethically, around family values, cultural traditions, environmental
responsibility and just doing what is right.
“I’m passionate about empowering and developing my
diverse community, and to also continue working in partnership with Mana Whenua
honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi.”
Nicholas expressed that through locally-driven events,
strengthening neighbourhood support groups and ensuring the people of
Papatoetoe have a strong voice to Council was needed.
“Our town is a wonderful place to live and work in,
although its quality and safety have deteriorated recently,” she said.
“Through improving services to uplift my community,
empowering the underprivileged towards better choices and enhancing the community-spirit,
I’m committed to making Papatoetoe a safer place for all families to grow
“Papatoetoe is a multicultural community that we all
belong to, and should be proud of, I am – for better choice.”
Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga, Te moana nui o kiva nga moana
Ko Takitimu, ko Tainui nga waka
Ko Ngati Ranginui, Ngati Haua nga iwi
Ko Tawhitinui te marae
Ko Papatoetoe toku kainga i naea nei
Other Cook Islanders running in the New Zealand local
elections are: In the South Waikato district, two are running as candidates for
the Tokoroa Ward – Julius Daniel-Mata and Josiah Teokotai, Harry Pupuke is
hoping to fill one of eight vacancies on the Manurewa Local Board and Joe
Glassie-Rasmussen is running for the Mangere-Otahuhu Local Board.
According to the Aotearoa New Zealand Electoral
Commission/Te Kaikiaki Take Kōwhiri, the local elections decide who represents
the community on the city, district, and regional councils.
In some parts of New
Zealand, local elections are also held for local and community boards,
licensing trusts, and some other organisations. From September 16-21, the voting
documents will be sent to all enrolled voters by local councils. Voting closes
at midday Saturday, October 8, 2022.