Anne Pala pledges better lives for the vulnerable

Venkat Raman

Venkat Raman

Auckland, September 21, 2020


Anne Degia-Pala, NZ First Candidate in Kelston (File Photo)

Vulnerable sections of the society need better care and special programmes and New Zealand First is committed to serving our people, the Party’s Kelston Candidate Anne Degia-Pala has said.

She said that the policies of her Party are centred around New Zealanders and their core values.

These include Universal Family Benefit (renamed Children and Families Package), Home Ownership Act, Education, which is seen as investment not a financial debt and sensible immigration that can be a source of strength, she said. 

Building a better future

“New Zealand must recover and rebuild the financial blow we have been dealt with through effective and focussed spending. I believe that strategic leadership and passion for societies is central to being a candidate of New Zealand First. I also believe in democratic, diverse representation. My values align with the principles and policies of the NZ First,” Ms Degia-Pala said.

She said that democracy and its ideals are critical during the current period of uncertainty and that

economy, employment, housing, and health remain high on our agenda for safer and secure communities.

“I am committed and determined to the diversity of the Kelston electorate and the intergenerational wellbeing of all to access good housing, health and employment. These issues remain priority in these unprecedented times,” she said.

About Anne Degia-Pala

Born in Fiji, Anne Degia-Pala has her family roots in Gujarat, India.

Trained in Public Policy and Public Management with Governance and Strategic Planning Capability, Ms Degia-Pala is keen to represent Kelston where she has lived, worked, and socialised for more than 30 years. She is proficient in several languages.

She was the first woman President of Waitakere Ethnic Board elected in 2004. 

Representing ethnic communities

She worked closely with Auckland Council and was appointed to the Ethnic People’s Advisory Panel at Auckland Council in 2010 for her inclusive strategic leadership skills and her passion for diverse societies. She established EthNix Links, a women’s leadership network in 2006 and is a Trustee of NixCrew Road Safety Trust, a board member of Make A Wish Pacific Foundation, and Drowning Prevention Auckland.

Ms Degia-Pala a visible ethnic woman, role model for many younger minority ethnic women who aim to be future leaders in society.

An advocate for peace and social justice, equality, human rights and child poverty, her interests include public management, social and public policy, diversity, inclusion, research, injury prevention and safety.

The New Zealand Government honoured her with a Queens Service Medal in 2008 for services to ethnic communities.  She was awarded the Indian Newslink Community Award in 2018 and was an invited delegate to the Asia Pacific Leaders’ Summit in Korea in 2017 and Cambodia in 2019. 

Ms Degia Pala is Co-Partner of WinMac Solutions Limited.

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