PACIFICA Inc President Congratulates Pacific MPs

Bernadette Pereira, National President of PACIFICA Inc was one of the first to congratulate new Labour List MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki for her success in the NZ Elections last Saturday.



Bernadette, who featured in issue 69 of SPASIFIK, says the mixed-member proportional representation voting system works best when it allows deserving people to shine.


“MMP definitely is working when we see well deserving people like Anahila and others come through on the list,” she says.


“We are so proud of her and her achievements and are confident she will contribute significantly to the dialogue of improving the quality of life not just for Pacific communities but for all New Zealanders - whoever becomes the government.”


Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki who is the National Treasurer of PACIFICA, is also a PACIFICA Manukau member.


Ms Pereira went on to congratulate other PACIFICA Manukau members, returning Labour MPs, Louisa Wall- MP of Manurewa and Jenny Salesa of Manukau East as well as Carmel Sepuloni the MP for Kelston.


She congratulated Poto Williams MP for Christchurch, Aupito Su’a William Sio, MP for Mangere, and Kris Faafoi, MP for Mana for pulling in large majorities and working hard to get these results.


“Due recognition also to Marama Davidson-Green MP, National List MP Alfred Ngaro and MP in waiting Agnes Loheni and the seven Maori seats candidates,” she said.


Ms Pereira paid tribute to other hi-calibre Pacific candidates who missed out, commending them for their hard work, sacrifice and commitment to Pacific progress and well-being and she hoped to see them come back in 2020.


“It’s been quite an election and we are encouraged and hopeful that with all these Pacific MPs in parliament that we will have a strong voice at the table and those in turn Pacific communities will thrive and prosper as a result,” Ms Pereira added.


The country now awaits the decision of Kingmaker NZ First leader Winston Peters, whose party’s nine seats will determine who forms the next government which will have to be a majority coalition as no one party got 61 seats on their own- although National came close with 58.


Labour’s 45 seats, combined with the Greens’ seven, still fall well short of National’s- who also have ACT’s one.


Both Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and current Prime Minister, National's Bill English, are in negotiations with Peters who says everyone will have to wait until October 7 for his decision.