“..With her Auckland ties – Annette Sykes says she could have easily stood in the Tamaki Makarau electorate.
‘But here’s the thing, I’m not an Auckland girl. I’m a Kawerau girl’.
A strong and famously fierce figure around her Bay of Plenty rohe – the Rotorua lawyer grew up in a Kawerau much different to what is today New Zealand’s poorest town.
There was plenty of work and money for the likes of boilermakers and electricians – when the mill town still had a healthy economy.
‘There was an upper-middle-class lifestyle – everyone knew each other –
– you go to Kawerau now – and it’s a place for the working poor’..”
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