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He has lived most of his adult life in New Zealand and now a refugee of a war-torn African nation is keen to enter politics in the city he calls home. Mohamud Mohamed is one of eight candidates seeking election in the Wellington City Council southern ward by-election. Mohamud, 38, arrived in New Zealand eight years after fleeing Somalia in 1991. “I left Somalia for Kenya when I was 12. I arrived in Wellington in 1999 and so have lived here longer than I’ve lived anywhere else,” he says. “I would definitely call it home.” Mohamud didn’t spea k English when he arrived but managed to complete a degree in Social Work and became employed as a social worker. He is now married with six children and manages a small service business. He has extensive experience as a volunteer, having been chairperson of the Multicultural Council of Wellington. “A lot of the time when I

was studying I was doing voluntary work,” the Brooklyn resident says. Mohamud wants to run as a way of giving something back to the community that has enabled him to have a great life in New Zealand. “I was approached to run for council last time and thought this is the right time. “I will bring a different perspective. My experience in being a community development worker will enable me to speak to the people at grassroots level.” He believes too much focus in the ward has been on the Island Bay cycleway and other issues need to be addressed. “There is a need to do more for homeless people and we need sustainable transportation solutions.” As an independent candidate he will also push for funding new social enterprises and small businesses that will enhance Wellington south’s standard of living. “As a New Zealander, and in particular a Wellingtonian, this is where I see my future and the place where I can make a significant difference.”

Mohamud Mohamed hopes to bring a new perspective if elected to the southern ward. PHOTO: Jamie Adams

55,000 nappies donated to families in need More than 55,000 nappies will soon be distributed to young Kiwi families following New Zealand’s first ever nationwide ‘Nappy Drive’ over the weekend. The nappies were donated by households and businesses across Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Friday and Saturday last week, and have a value of $25,000. The drive was a collabora-

tion between Plunket, Uber New Zealand and online baby delivery service The Baby Bag. Uber picked up nappies from households and dropped them off for sorting, before being delivered to Plunket clinics around the country for distribution to around 1,300 families in need. Uber General Manager Richard Menzies says the response from the public was huge, with more than double the anticipat-

ed number of nappies donated. “Some households had hundreds of unused nappies lying around that would have otherwise have ended up in landfills. People were relieved they would instead go to families who needed them.“ Plunket Sponsorship Manager Nin Roberts says the drive showed how one idea could make a difference in the lives of families.

“It was great to see the campaign come to life, from the Uber drivers delivering the nappies through to the sorting and then finally seeing the reaction of the Plunket nurses when the nappies were dropped off so they could give them to families,” she says. Wellingtonians proved to have the most unused nappies at home, with an average donation of 230 nappies.

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