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Nationality  New Zealand
Role  Member of Parliament
Political party  Labour Party
Profession  Member of Parliament
Party  New Zealand Labour Party
Name  Poto Williams

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Born  7 January 1962 (age 53) Wellington, New Zealand (1962-01-07)
Alma mater  Southern Cross University

Education  Southern Cross University

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Munokoa Poto Williams (born 7 January 1962) is a member of Parliament for the New Zealand Labour Party since the 2013 Christchurch East by-election. After Alfred Ngaro she is the second Cook Islander elected to the Parliament.


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Early life and education

Williams, who is of Cook Island descent, was born in Wellington and grew up in Auckland, where she attended Beresford Street School and Auckland Girls' Grammar. Williams graduated from Southern Cross University in New South Wales, Australia with an MBA and as of the start of 2014 was completing a doctorate on Pacific women's leadership.

Professional career

Williams has worked for the Ministry of Education, BirthRight, Healthcare NZ and disability agencies. She moved from Auckland to Christchurch's suburb of New Brighton in January 2013 to take up a position as regional manager of the St John of God Hauora Trust. She resigned from that role during the election campaign so that she could focus "110%" on the election.

Political career

Williams first got politically involved through making submissions on family violence and child welfare issues, which she has a strong interest in. She has served as a member of the Community Child Protection Review Panel, was involved in the Waitakere Community Law Service and Community Waitakere, and was part of the Living Wage Campaign and the LIFEWISE Big Sleepout.

Williams won the 2013 Christchurch East by-election with a "whopping" 61 per cent of the vote, delivering a "crushing victory". On 28 January 2014, Williams was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives.

Williams recently suggested removing the presumption of innocence afforded to alleged perpetrators of sexual assault.


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