Who is
Jacqui Harema

Jacqui Harema, 48, is proudly born and bred in West Auckland making her the ideal candidate to sit on the Henderson-Massey local board.

“This part of Tāmaki Makaurau is seriously under-represented. We are a melting pot of cultural diversity and interests, one thing we definitely need is more leisure centers and less bus lanes”.

With Māori and Samoan heritage, Jacqui grew up with her parents and sister in Henderson where she still resides with her long-term partner and four children. Jacqui is already heavily involved in the Henderson-Massey community in her role as Director of Whānau Ora at Te Whānau o Waipareira, somewhere she has worked for over 20 years.

“I am passionate about Henderson-Massey, I grew up here and now I am proudly watching my grandchildren do the same. I will work for this community, with the community, in the community and not just sit behind a desk”.

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Jacqui’s Priorities
for Henderson-Massey


Upgrade In Local Board budgets

Upgrade the Local Board budgets where discretion is made at the local level. A good deal goes to the council-controlled organisations, where the localities can sometimes be overridden by centralisation. More often than not this causes adverse impacts. I want local solutions and local resources to solve local problems. That is a fair “West-Loyal” approach that will be embraced and successful for all parties.

E.g. The support of Small Medium Enterprises (SME) in West Auckland alongside greater support for the West Auckland Business Association to help stimulate opportunities.


Homelessness & begging on the streets of Henderson-Massey

Homelessness and begging have unfortunately increased exponentially in the past few years mirroring the very tough times people are experiencing financially. Unfortunate because of the high number of whānau who have nowhere to go, nor the means to do it. This can also be an issue for our community who become anxious when they are approached on the streets, or indeed while sitting idle in their vehicles. I propose working far more closely with central government agencies to address and find a suitable and timely solution for homelessness and begging in Henderson-Massey.

Post-COVID strategy for rangatahi

Our youth are our concern and we need to join forces to organise an education strategy for West Auckland youth from the ages of 14 – 20. This group is vulnerable. They were deeply affected by COVID stand-downs and the rise of youth unwellness associated with COVID recovery. Local government needs to bring central government to the table for robust conversations and planning that will provide wraparound support for the young adult members of our West Auckland community. This is a priority for me and one I will be immediately working to resolve once I am voted onto the Henderson-Massey council.

#westloyal – Jacqui has been a huge advocate for West Auckland across the COVID-19 Pandemic

Frequently Asked Questions
about Jacqui Harema

Why should I vote for you?

“We need to see more people on local boards that reflect the community we come from, grass-roots born & bred out West and are invested in developing our local community for generations to come.

The Henderson-Massey area is a community needing good advocacy and leadership and with a young population we need to make our local space an area where families want to spend time”.

What schools did Jacqui attend?

Lincoln Heights Primary (all the way to Intermediate)
Auckland Girls Grammar High School

What West Auckland clubs did you belong to?

Long connection with Waitakere City Rugby Netball Club (WCRN) as a Coach, Parent and Supporter.

Played netball for HT United Netball and Waitemata Bears Softball.

Were your whānau involved in local clubs?

Yes!! Mother played netball for HT United
Father played rugby for Te Atatu.

The Harema children have played netball for WCRN, league for Glenora Bears and Soccer for Oratia.

Jacqui’s son currently plays Hockey for Waitakere Hockey.

What organisations has Jacqui worked for?

Waipareira Pasifika
Te Whanau o Waipareira Trust
Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency
Tamaki PHO, Hauora o Kaikohe.

What should people know about Henderson-Massey?

This area is so unique and diverse, surrounded in a rich cultural and natural environment.