New Zealand MP helps support Tongan women to seek political office

Tongan women who wish to become candidates for district and town officer elections in June this year, yesterday learned from a visiting New Zealand member of parliament how they can work with the support of other women.

Manukau East Labour Party MP, Jenny Salesa held an open meeting in Nuku'alofa on Thursday, 14 April, inviting women who want to stand for election for local government and parliament.

Jenny motivated the women by sharing her experience when she started her political career and answered questions from about 30 attending.

She told the women they need strong supporters from the community they live in.

“It is hard work,” she said.

Jenny started out running for local government by going out door to door with her supporters.