Michael Wood puts his hand up to be Labour's next Mr Roskill candidate

Michael Wood made the announcement he was standing for the Labour nomination at a gathering of supporters and local party members this afternoon. Photo / Chris Loufte
Michael Wood made the announcement he was standing for the Labour nomination at a gathering of supporters and local party members this afternoon. Photo / Chris Loufte

Puketapapa Local Board member Michael Wood has officially put his hand up to be the Labour Party's next candidate for the Mt Roskill seat in Parliament.

The father-of-three made the announcement he was standing for the Labour nomination at a gathering of supporters and local party members this afternoon.

He said having served the community on the local board for the past six years, he knew what the electorate needed.

"I have the understanding of Mt Roskill at the grassroots level to win the trust of local residents and to continue our proud local history of principled and competent Labour representation."

Mr Wood said he wanted to help the community in several key issues.

"I will be seeking the nomination and then campaigning for the seat on a platform of ensuring that barriers to real opportunity, such as the current lack of quality affordable housing, are knocked down."

Mr Wood also paid tribute to the man who was first elected to the seat in 1981, Labour MP Phil Goff.

"He is a mentor and a friend and his able representation of Mt Roskill is a demonstration of the outstanding job he would do if elected mayor in October."

Mr Goff has announced he will stand down from politics in 2017 if he lost his bid for the Auckland mayoralty.

Mr Wood has been a local board member for more than five years, is active in the Labour Party in the role of policy council secretary, and is an experienced local campaigner.

Previously, he ran as Labour's Epsom candidate in 2014.

- NZ Herald

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