Auckland, March 5, 2020
The Labour Party has selected Michael Wood to contest Mt Roskill at the 2020 general election.
Following is a Statement issued by Mr Wood:
It is an honour to be selected again to contest my local community of Mount Roskill for Labour.
I have worked hard to be a strong voice for Mt Roskill and I want to continue to make progress for local people as part of a government that is delivering for New Zealanders.
I am proud to represent Mount Roskill, New Zealand’s most diverse electorate. This is a place that people have come, seeking to build a good life for generations, and I look forward to campaigning to represent my community again as part of a re-elected Labour-led government.
Under Jacinda Ardern’s leadership, New Zealand is making progress on the issues that matter most. Our economy is growing strongly under our strong economic management.
With wages rising and unemployment low, our families are better off.
Our economy is performing better than Australia, the UK, and the US. Because we’ve run the economy well we can afford the biggest investment in new infrastructure like roads and rail for more than 20 years.
Importantly, we are also focused on the big long-term issues.
We are addressing climate change by getting New Zealand on track for a net carbon zero economy, and we are taking mental health seriously with a record investment to build community level mental health support for people in need.
In Mount Roskill, the progress is tangible and I am proud that after first being elected in 2016, I can point to the work that the government has underway on issues on which I campaigned.
Local schools are receiving major upgrades after years of neglect, hundreds of new state and affordable homes are being built in Roskill South, and with our investments in more police and fog cannons, we have seen a big decline in attacks on our local small businesses.
I am running to continue that progress and deliver for local people.