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Less advertising, more talking wins council seat

Oct 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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NEWLY elected Fa’afoi Seiuli used word of mouth rather than a billboard to get voted onto the Porirua City Council.

Of the 11 who contested the eastern ward in Porirua, Victoria University student support worker Fa’afoi Seiuli (right), grabbed one of five seats without the help of expensive advertising.

He is also one of six new faces who have joined the Porirua City Council, something which doesn’t seem to faze him much.

“Maybe people like myself who thought they had something to contribute had their own opinion, ” says Mr Seiuli (42).

Using word of mouth along with the support from his church, family, and friends, Mr Seiuli says he just told his family and friends to talk.

“My strategy was getting friends and family talking and get out by word of mouth,” says Mr Seiuli.

However towards the last week leading into the elections Mr Seiuli says he had printed A3 posters and put them up in places like Waitangirua Mall, Cannons Creek and Astrolabe.

“I printed them off and stuck two up at the mall, and one everywhere else,” he said.

Born in Samoa, Mr Seiuli moved to New Zealand with his family in 1974.

He is currently undertaking post graduate education papers at Victoria University, as well as being a student support worker for the university.

He believes he will be able to balance studies, work and being a councillor.

He says his new role will enable him to help out those in the communitywho don’t have much of a voice.

Mr Seiuli said that he wanted to get more involved with youth, elderly people, disabled and those who don’t speak English.

“I want to be a representative of the quiet ones in the community.”

One of his goals as a councillor is to not only help youth think education is fun, but to motivate them to stay in school and also to assist those who are looking for work accomplish that.

Mr Seiuli  was second highest polling candidate in the ward with 668 votes next to Litea Ah Hoi (1273), Denys Latham (644), Wayne Poutoa (572) and Robert Rangi with 555 votes.

“Depending on how things work out I would like to be in the council role for the long run.”

Mr Seiuli and his fellow councillors take up their roles on October 26.

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  1. I wonder if he also picked up a few votes for Kris Fa’afoi who is the Labour candidate to replace Winnie Laban as the MP for the area. I heard that some voters were confused about the upcoming Parliamentary by-election happening so close to the local government election.

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