NZ MP, Aupito William Sio will not contest in 2023 elections


One of New Zealand’s longest-serving members of Parliament Aupito William Sio is stepping down as a public servant.

The government newspaper reported that Aupito brushed aside the term “retirement” for his not standing again for the seat this year.

“Well, I haven’t used the word retirement, that’s the NZ Media. What I have said is that I won’t be standing again for the seat of Mangere, this year,” he made clear.

After close to 15 years as a member of parliament for the New Zealand government,

Aupito will not be contesting the Mangere seat for the 2023 elections.

The Minister for Pacific Peoples said that after 15 years under his belt come 1st April and almost 8 years as deputy Mayor of Manukau and a member of their council he walking away on his own terms and prepared to face the challenges ahead happily.

“It’s 15 years in 1st of April, but when you consider I was also the deputy Mayor of Manukau and had been on the council of Manukau for almost 8 years, that is 22 years straight, no rest!”

Savali reported that Aupito is well known for his many achievements for the Pacific communities in New Zealand including his influence in the initiation of the formal apology by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in 2021 at the City Hall where a traditional ifoga (apology) was conducted to express the Governments remorse on the Dawn Raid period in the 1970s that affected the people of Samoa and other

Pacific islanders living in the country that time. On a personal level, Aupito cited long unattended family commitments is the sole reason for stepping down this year.