The New Zealand First Team
Ann Degia-Pala, Candidate for Kelston
Company Director and community engagements consultant Anne Dega-Pala is a proud West Aucklander.
Kelston has been home for her family and their business for over 30 years. She is well known and respected across the electorate for her work in the not for profit sector. Anne believes in democratic, diverse representation and is politically astute having nominated for local government in Kelston and being selected a candidate for the New Zealand First Party in 2017 general elections.
Anne was elected the first woman president of Waitakere Ethnic Board in 2004. She worked closely with Waitakere, later the Auckland Council and was appointed to the the Ethnic People's Advisory Panel, Auckland Council in 2010 for her inclusive strategic leadership abilities. She founded EthNix Links, a women's leadership network in 2006, is a Trustee of NixCrew Road Safety Trust, a board member of Make A Wish Pacific Foundation, Drowning Prevention Auckland and a member Interfaith Auckland.
Anne is a visible ethnic woman, a role model for many younger ethnic women that aim to be future leaders in society.
Anne is an advocate for peace and social justice, equality, human rights and child poverty. Her interests include public management, social and public policy, diversity and inclusion, research, injury prevention and safety.
The New Zealand Government honoured her with a Queens Service Medal in 2008 for services to ethnically diverse women and children. She was awarded the Indian Newslink Community Award in 2018, and was an invited delegate to the Asia Pacific Leaders Summit in Cambodia in 2019.
Anne owns WinMac Solutions IT Ltd with her husband Kishore Pala. She is an Indian born in Fiji with family roots from Gujarat in India and she a speaker of several languages. Challenging issues top on her agenda for active engagement in New Zealand remain housing and health, child and family poverty, safety and seniors well-being.