AUCKLAND: The Labour MP for the Polynesian concentrated seat in Mangere, Samoan chief Su’a William Sio, will face a Samoan candidate that will have the full backing of the Gagaifomauga Constituencies in Samoa in the upcoming New Zealand general elections.
The unexpected development emerged in Mangere last Saturday at the fundraising to improve the combined Gagifomauga Constituencies hospital at Safotu in Savai’i, Samoa.
The combined Gagaifomauga constituencies include controversial MP Tuilo’a Anetele’a, the Speaker of Parliament and MP So’oalo Mene.
Member of Parliament for Safotu, Tuilo’a Anetele’a called on all descendants of the Gagaifomauga district residing and who are eligible voters for the Mangere seat, not to support Su’a William Sio any more in the upcoming general elections in 2014.
“Rather, we will find a candidate to support and to run against Su’a in the upcoming general elections,” he told a capacity crowd of Gagifomauga families, relatives and supporters who gathered at the St. Theresa Catholic Church Hall at Wickman Way.
Central to Tuilo’a Anetele’a’s disappointment is the Labour MP’s criticisms against fundraising from Samoa which he said have been an economic burden on families in New Zealand.
Su’a’s comments and views were again aired on the Samoan language Radio News on Friday morning ahead of the fundraising on Saturday of which Tuilo’a felt were directed at their efforts.
Tuilo’a, who claims he never went to school but his schooling has been the Samoan system of serving his family, village and church, said Su’a seems to be a Samoan matai only by name. “And he seems to be the type of matai who neglects his family and stays at a hotel when he comes to Samoa.”
About NZ$110,000 was raised and will help build an extension to the Admission Wards and residences for the Nurses and a medical doctor to be assigned to the Hospital that serves over 50 thousand people on the south western side of Savai’i Island.