Popular Local MP to step down — by-election aheadBy Alan Tristram August 10, 2010 The popular local Labour MP Winnie Laban is to step down — which means a vital by-election test for the Labour Party and Mr Goff.
Luamanuvao Laban has held the Mana seat for 8 years and has fought three elections, winning huge majorities ( 6155 in 2008). She will take up a new job as Assistant Vice Chancellor Pasifica at Victoria University.
But the – comes at a delicate time for the Labour Party, which is still settling down after the Chris Carter row. Electorate includes Paekakariki through to south Paraparaumu
Ms Laban’s Mana electorate extends from Porirua, through Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki to the south side of Paraparaumu Airport in Paraparaumu. She has proved a popular local MP, attending many local functions — and she has also been well-represented in Kapiti by her local agent John Grundy, who lives at Paraparaumu Beach. She recently survived breast cancer, but her health was not mentioned in the media release on her retirement from Parliament. Ms Laban says:”It’s been an enormous privilege to serve as Labour MP — but I have worked out that it’s time for me to step away from Parliament now. Wants stronger economic development for Pasifica people “This enables me to continue my passion for Pacific people, young people and more important, having a role in education that will lead to stronger economic developement for the Pacific community.” The Labour Leader, Phil Goff says Labour is to see Ms Laban go, but will be looking for a strong candidate for Mana and will be “throwing the weight of its organisation behind keeping Mana Labour. “Labour will campaign on both local issues and issues that matter to all Kiwis,”he says.