Su'a William Sio

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Su'a
William Sio
MP
Su'a William Sio.jpg
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour party list
In office
29 March 2008 – 8 November 2008
Preceded by Dianne Yates
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Māngere
Incumbent
Assumed office
2008
Preceded by Taito Phillip Field
Majority 7,126 (29.52%)
Personal details
Nationality Samoa, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Carrington Polytechnic Institute [1]
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) [2]

Su'a William Sio is a politician who became a Member of Parliament in the New Zealand House of Representatives on 1 April 2008[3] as a New Zealand Labour Party list MP. He currently represents the Māngere electorate seat in Parliament.

A Samoan, Sio has the matai (chieftain title) of Su'a from the Matatufu village of the Lotofaga district on the island of Upolu. He belongs to the extended family called Aiga Sa Aupito headed by the High Chief Aupito, a matai title currently held by his father.

Local politics[edit]

Sio had served as a Manukau City Councillor, representing the Otara ward from 2001. Sir Barry Curtis, the Mayor of Manukau City, selected Sio as chair of the planning committee in November 2004. In October 2007, the newly elected Mayor of Manukau City, Len Brown, appointed Sio Deputy Mayor, making him the first Pacific Islander to hold this position in Manukau City.

National politics[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate List Party
2008 48th List 47 Labour
2008–2011 49th Māngere 24 Labour
2011–present 50th Māngere 17 Labour

In the 2005 parliamentary elections Sio was ranted 47th on the Labour party list and failed to be elected by two places. However New Zealand Labour Party list MP Dianne Yates left the New Zealand Parliament on 29 March 2008,[4] and Sio was declared elected in her place (the person above him on the list, Louisa Wall, had already been declared elected to replace Ann Hartley).[5][6]

In the 2008 general election Sio won the Māngere electorate seat, defeating the incumbent independent (and former Labour) MP Taito Phillip Field by 7126 votes.[7]

Gay and Lesbian Marriage[edit]

Sio's stance against the Marriage Amendment Bill (which would raise civil unions to the same status as marriage), has not been popular among his Labour colleagues. He justifies his stance based the beliefs of many Pacific Islanders whom he represents.[8]

Personal[edit]

Married with a family of adult and young children, he is a Mormon and has previously served as a Church Bishop. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ New Zealand Parliament (1 April 2008). "Members Sworn". TheyWorkForYou.co.nz. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  4. ^ New Zealand Parliament (1 April 2008). "Resignations: Dianne Yates, NZ Labour". TheyWorkForYou.co.nz. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Labour MPs make way for newcomers". New Zealand Herald. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  6. ^ New Zealand Parliament (1 April 2008). "List Member Vacancy". TheyWorkForYou.co.nz. Retrieved 2008-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Labour to Endorse Su'a William Sio". Niu FM. 5 December 2007. 
  8. ^ "MPs attend protest against gay marriage - National - NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. 28 October 2012. 
  9. ^ [3]

External links[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Taito Phillip Field
Member of Parliament for Māngere
2008 –
Incumbent