This strongly Pacific ward is is set to be a fascinating election battleground.

Even more than in the rest of Auckland, the big issue in the Manukau ward this year is housing.

"People are struggling to get affordable accommodation," says Mangere Maori Wardens chairman Thomas Henry, who has been encouraging homeless people to take shelter at Mangere's Te Puea Marae.

"I think the councillors really should push the Government in regards to the emergency that is happening."