A noted Kiwi-Indian businessman and community leader from South Auckland, Ilango Krishnamoorthy is one of the two Labour’s Manurewa-Papakura Auckland Council Candidates for 2019 as announced today by Andrew Beyer the Chair of the Labour Party Manurewa Electorate Committee.

The other candidate in Labour’s list for Manurewa-Papakura Auckland Council election is the former Cabinet Minister Peter Neilson.

Based in Manurewa, where he lives with his wife and family who attends local schools, Ilango has been running a successful printing business for the last three decades, along with providing services in the community.

Ilango has played a crucial role in establishing the Hindu Temple in South Auckland.

He came to New Zealand with two university degrees in Science and Automotive Engineering before graduating with his MBA from Waikato University in 1996.

Ilango has been an active member of the Labour Party and currently serves on the Ethnic Council Policy Team.

The other candidate in Labour’s list for Manurewa-Papakura Auckland Council Candidates is the former Cabinet Minister Peter Neilson.

Former Cabinet Minister the Hon Peter Neilson with Ilango Krishnamoorthy

Andrew Bayer said that Ilango and Peter both have extensive business and community service experience along with the local links to be strong advocates for our community.

Speaking about the main issues driving him into politics, Ilango said, “We all know what the regional issues are traffic congestion, affordable housing, better planning for our future and safer communities. The other big issue is restoring trust in our council and councillors.”

“Peter Neilson and I both understand Auckland is a fast-growing city needing to catch up with investment in social and transport infrastructure that has to be paid for. We also know that rates are a cost that needs close monitoring by councillors,” Ilango said.

“I want to see a safer community, a greater understanding of the benefits of diversity and a much wider appreciation of what Manurewa Papakura offers the whole region. The Vodafone Events Centre and the Botanic Gardens are fantastic facilities that unfortunately many Aucklanders have never visited.”

“I want more Aucklanders to understand what Manurewa Papakura offers,” Ilango said.

Labour has decided to stand candidates for the two Manurewa Papakura Council positions this year, in addition to the Manurewa Local Board to provide better representation for all the communities in Manurewa and more effective Councillors at the Auckland Council, said Andrew Beyer

The full Manurewa Local Board Labour team including Ilango Krishnamoorthy will be announced soon.