Samoa’s Retzlaff bids to be Upper Harbour candidate
Mr Retzlaff, the Labour nominee from Henderson to Glenfield Northshore will be introduced this Saturday to the community at Massey, Henderson and Ranui for the first time.
In an official correspondence Mr Retzlaff said he is “committed to sending the message to the Upper Harbour electorate about fair and equal opportunities.”
A worthy goal he subscribes to as it will benefit the entire community from business to workers, to youth and the elderly.
A staunch Labour supporter his aim is to work hard to achieve the Labour goals of “lifelong education, secure and permanent jobs and affordable housing”.
The former Crown Prosecutor and now Senior Defence Solicitor, his work is founded on accountability balanced with equal and fair access to justice for all.
Mr Retzlaff does not hide the fact he grew up in a life of privilege. But because of that upbringing, he was able to uncover the “flaw” in the concept of “level playing field”.
The flaw, he said, “is a person who lives and schools in a Decile-1 zone does not have the same open doors in the future as a person from a Decile-10 school does”.
To bridge the decile gap, “They require some support to reach their full potential”.
“My father worked hard, a personal goal for him, so I could have a private education at Wanganui Collegiate School,” he said.
“One of the few Samoans to go there, I always had the message that we as a family were fortunate and blessed and must therefore devote our lives to work hard to serve others.
“That has been my life goal and will continue to be if given the privilege to be the Labour candidate [for Upper Harbour].”
Already some of those life goals have borne fruits. One is through the Pacific Lawyers Association where as president for the association, recently created the first Post graduate scholarship for Pacific students within the Faculty of Law.
Having lived in West Harbour for nearly ten years, Mr Retzlaff, now 41 years of age is inspired by his two children.
“With my sons in mind, I want them to grow up knowing that we fought together for a brighter future for all members of the community from all walks of life; ensuring minorities the right to choose their own path while working hard to unify all sectors of the community.”
And with more than 15 years in public speaking he is confident that his unique communications style that weaves together passion, humor and purpose will relay Labour’s key messages to voters of the Upper Harbour electorate.
Not the least is getting Labour’s message out to the wider Pacific sector in the Auckland region.
Event: Introducing Labour nominee Herman Paul Retzlaff
When: 12 April
Where: 91 Moire Road Massey
UPPER HARBOUR ELECTORATE
Upper Harbour is a proposed parliamentary electorate that will return one Member of Parliament to Parliament. It covers an area north of Waitemata Harbour stretching from Massey to Glenfield.
The increase in population in the Auckland region recorded in the 2013 census meant an extra electorate was required to keep all electorates within five percent of their quota.
To accommodate an extra electorate, the Electoral Commission proposes abolishing Waitakere and establishing two new electorates: Upper Harbour and Kelston. The two new electorates will stay in place in their initial form for at least the next two elections, 20 September 2014 and 2017.