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Photograph of Rachael MARIO.

Rachael MARIO

Puketāpapa Local Board candidate

Roskill Community Voice

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Photograph of Rachael MARIO.

Candidate profile statement

My principal place of residence is not in the Puketāpapa Local Board area.

My objective and passion in life is to serve our whanau and communities. I have built extensive networks over twenty years within Auckland's business, not-for-profit, political, ethnic and faith communities.

I volunteer at the Whanau Community Hub, advocating for social justice for our local communities, with the goal of improving social cohesion.

I also wish to promote local housing, preservation of cultural identity and improved opportunities for everyone. I would like to have more talanoa and improve awareness of public transport, recycling, our environment, and our diversity, by increasing our engagement with Pasifika, ethnic and urban Māori communities in the Puketāpapa area.

We can strengthen our democracy by continuing this journey of building a more inclusive and diverse council and city and bring about more positive changes that further enhance our communities' well-being.

Please vote for me and the whole Roskill Community Voice team for the Puketāpapa Local Board.

About me

- My name is Rachael Mario and Auckland is my city.

- I am a very proud Aucklander, and have lived here for over 33 years

- I want to help make Puketāpapa (Mt Roskill) an even better place for everyone.

- So vote for me and my Roskill Community Voice team.

- I manage our Whānau Centre, NZ Rotuman Community Centre, and Fiji Centre, which is located at 165 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill.

- My passion in life is to serve our city and communities.

- I have been doing this for over 30 years, and have built positive connections and networks within Auckland’s business, not-for-profit, political, ethnic and faith communities.

We love this place. Auckland is our home. It is where we work and play, raise our families, build our lives, and plan our futures. There is nowhere we would rather be.

We’re not stopping now. Auckland’s challenges are big, but the opportunities are bigger. We are the team who knows how to get things done and we are ready to serve.

- So vote for me and my Roskill Community Voice team.

Why I want to be elected

- I am a new candidate with new ideas.

- I want fairness and social justice for all Aucklanders, and want to unite our communities and improve social cohesion.

- I want to continue with my work in building a more equitable Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland with a focus on improved rates of home ownership, preservation of cultural identity, human rights, and improved access to opportunities for everyone.

- I would like to contribute more to improving awareness of public transport, recycling, our environment, and our diversity.

- It is my wish that we strengthen our democracy by having more people involved in the consultation process and improving voter turnout.

- So vote for Rachael Mario to help make these changes.

What I love most about the area I want to represent

It's got some of the nicest people.

Its central.

Good schools.

Great neighbourhood.

Fabulous parks.

Great shopping.

I would like to contribute more to improving awareness of public transport, recycling, our environment, and our diversity.

It is my wish that we strengthen our democracy by having more communities involved in the consultation process and improving voter turnout.

My hope is that we continue together on this journey of building a more inclusive and diverse council and city, and bring about more positive changes that further enhance our communities’ well-being.

What I think about key issues for Auckland

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What I will prioritise if I am elected

- Our Roskill Community Voice team will continue working towards improving public transport, recycling, and improving our environment.

- I will help enhance engagement with our diverse communities and businesses, to ensure all voices are heard.

- Improving home ownership, preservation of cultural identity, human rights, and better access to opportunities for everyone is my priority.

- I am ready to serve and I will not stop. Auckland is a big challenge but the opportunities are bigger

- So vote for Rachael Mario to help make these changes to improve our area.

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