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Kharag SINGH

Kharag SINGH

Labour Party

Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) candidate

Disclaimer: This information has been written by the candidate.

Candidate profile statement

My principal place of residence is in the Howick Local Board (Botany Subdivision) area.

For 22 years, Sidhu has been a local businessman and community leader. He is actively involved in a variety of projects and events in the Auckland Indian community and serves on the Counties Manukau Central Police Advisory Board and previously as treasurer of the Manukau Lions Club. As a small business owner, he has been a powerful voice for inter-community harmony and will continue to promote Indian representation and participation in politics on the Howick Local Board. Another priority will be ensuring law and order in the community. He has been part of the effort to reduce robberies of small business owners and will bring political action on the Local Board to prevent this. He is committed to working towards reducing traffic congestion, increasing housing affordability and making the community more environmentally friendly. Sidhu lives with his wife and two sons who attend University of Auckland. Vote Labour in Botany.

Why are you standing for this position?

Arriving in the Botany area 31 years ago as a migrant, and having raised my own family in the area, I understand the pressures many Kiwis are currently facing including rising safety concerns, housing affordability and constrained transport infrastructure. I have a strong desire to help others and this has manifested in my involvement in community work where I have supported local schools, charities, sports and cultural clubs, and family members from diverse cultures who have lost loved ones. I endeavour to use this experience in dealing with Kiwis from diverse backgrounds to effectively represent and deliver on the issues that matter the most. Ultimately, I would like ensure the continued prosperity of a community that has provided me with countless opportunities.

What do you love most about the area you are seeking to represent?

Retailers exposed to violent crimes: Having operated my retail business in the Botany/Manukau for over 23 years and been a victim to these violent, this is an issue that is dear to me. In recent times, retailers have been exposed to a growing trend of violent crimes driven by different socio-economic factors. With years of experience dealing with violent situations like this at ground level, I understand the challenges that need to be overcome in order to bring back some form of peace of mind to business owners and safety to the community. I have partnered with local police boards to devise various different strategies to overcome this growing issue and endeavour to continue to work with local boards to explore further initiatives.

What will your priorities be if you're elected?

Transport infrastructure: With a number of residential and commercial developments underway, a lack of transport infrastructure to service them is a key issue that desperately needs to be addressed. The Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI) will look to significantly improve public transport for East Auckland. The challenge in East Auckland is to enable residents to easily access various means of public transport which requires further strategic initiatives to optimise public transport infrastructure within the East Auckland suburban layout. I endeavour to work with local governing bodies to explore further initiatives to ensure residents have easy access to public transport.

I love the eclectic melting pot of cultures and backgrounds of the people that make up the Botany community. Living alongside others who have different perspectives allow for a vibrant environment in Botany where everyone builds on the experience of others and drives innovation. The area is a rapidly growing hub with more new homes, highly-regarded schools, shopping centres and varying upmarket amenities providing extensive optionality to residents. Botany is also home to growing small-medium businesses who contribute to a strong and growing local economy providing exciting opportunities for people in the area. A combination of these factors represents an authentic suburban brand which I am proud to be a part of.

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