SL born lawyer Vanushi elected New Zealand MP

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Sri Lankan born Vanushi Walters of New Zealand's Labour Party has won the race to be Upper Harbour MP in northwest Auckland, taking over from retiring National MP Paula Bennett, Stuff. CO. NZ reported today.

She claimed a narrow victory over National candidate Jake Bezzant, a former tech company chief executive and cricketer for Hamilton, receiving 14,142 votes to Bezzant’s 12,727.

During the campaign, Walters, a board member of Amnesty International, said she was passionate about the electorate because of its “diverse” and “warm” communities. Upper Harbour covers the north-western reaches of Waitematā Harbour. It stretches from Massey in the west, through Hobsonville, and across to Greenhithe and on to Glenfield and Unsworth Heights on the North Shore.

Karen Chhour was the ACT nominee, and said she wanted to empower mental health patients by setting up a mental health and addiction agency. Ryan Nicholls was the Green Party nominee and Catherine Giorza ran for the NZ Outdoors Party.

Bernadette Soares was the New Conservative Party candidate and Winson Tan ran on the TEA Party ticket.

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  • Lal Saturday, 17 October 2020 10:30 PM

    GOOD LUCK. HIGHER EDUCATION FROM ABROAD 100% HARD STUDIES. SRILANKA MEANS SHE WILL BE A NOT A LAWYER. SRILANKAN GOVERNMENT MAKE HER AS A LIER.

    Roshan John Saturday, 17 October 2020 10:40 PM

    This is great news. Wish you all the very best ma’am.

    True Saturday, 17 October 2020 11:19 PM

    Why a newly elected MP, talking about Mental Health on the first day ? The answer is mental health is the biggest medical problem among the Whites in every country they live. It may be they have a defective DNA.

    Wesley Moses Sunday, 18 October 2020 10:26 AM

    Congratulations We are proud of you .. With Gods Blessings..

    Sherwin A. Gomes Sunday, 18 October 2020 10:16 PM

    Congratulations Ms Vanushi Walters We are proud to know that your roots were Sri Lankan. All God's blessings to you and the great office you were elected too. Keep the faith of your voters by bringing out the best in you to serve the people of New Zealand.

    Kumar Punchihewa Sunday, 18 October 2020 10:41 PM

    HEARTIEST CONGRATULATIONS!

    Dr. Neil Magedaragamage Monday, 19 October 2020 01:08 AM

    GOD BLESS YOU, VANUSHI WALTERS. VERY HAAPY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR VICTORY, - Dr. Neil Magedaragamage from Sri Lanka

    Ding Ding Monday, 19 October 2020 08:50 AM

    She is originally from JAFFNA

    Sando Monday, 19 October 2020 10:39 AM

    Good Amnesty Official from Jaffna.

    Mahasen Monday, 19 October 2020 11:40 AM

    Amnesty............

    Susuki Monday, 19 October 2020 02:05 PM

    Canada got one, NZ got one now and soon UK and Aussie! If Democrats wins the US vice presidency!!! Lankan diaspora doing well abroad and wielding enormous political power.

    Kumara Monday, 19 October 2020 03:42 PM

    You heard of Saravanamuthu Stadium in Colombo (Ex-Mayor)? Her grandfather. Hail's from Politician's family.

    Clarence Fernando Wednesday, 21 October 2020 05:57 AM

    We have Former American Citizen as our President and more to come. Are'nt we proud of it.


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