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Poto Williams

MP for Christchurch East

Spokesperson for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Disability Issues
Associate Justice Spokesperson (Sexual and Domestic Violence)

Contact Poto Williams

Poto's deep experience in grassroots community work means she has an affinity for supporting people to reach their potential. Her work in the Christchurch East electorate focuses on assisting her constituents in a broad range of issues and concerns they face. Poto works hard to ensure their voice is heard at a national level to get a fair deal for the people of Christchurch East.

Poto has worked in the community sector for most of her professional life, including mental health, disability, community health and family violence. Understanding recovery models and the role that communities play in supporting and sustaining our people is an important aspect of her work experience.  Poto is now working on a Doctoral Thesis on Pacific Women Leadership. Poto is a keen runner and can often be seen running in New Brighton in the early morning in her Labour T-Shirt.

  • Master of Business Administration, Southern Cross University (Australia)
  • Area Manager Midlands, Healthcare NZ (Mar 2008 - Sep 2009) 
  • HR and Quality Coordinator, Affinity Services (Feb 2002 - Jun 2008) 
  • Chief Executive Officer, Western Refuge Society Incorporated (Oct 2009 - Aug 2011) 
  • Manager, WAVES Trust (from Sep 2011) 
  • General Manager, St John of God Hauora Trust (to March 2013)

Contact Poto Williams

Christchurch East electorate office

Physical address: 113 New Brighton Mall, Christchurch
Postal address: PO Box 18898, Christchurch, 8641
Phone: 03 382 0288
Fax: 03 382 0275

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 9417


Latest from Poto Williams

Project 300 short on facts

June 30, 2016

A Minister’s pet scheme to employ 300 disabled people in Christchurch seems to be short on facts, says Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Poto Williams. 

“Nicky Wagner cannot provide solid evidence to show that her much vaunted Project 300 has actually helped disabled people into employment. 

Stay of execution just temporary

April 05, 2016

Christchurch East MP Poto Williams is welcoming the stay of execution for the Burwood Birthing Unit, which the Canterbury District Health Board has announced will remain open until June. 

“The Government should never have considered closing this unit in the first place.

Funding cuts at heart of family violence crisis

February 25, 2016

It’s no surprise that today’s report on family violence finds Government agencies have to better coordinate when funding to anti-family violence networks was cut by two-thirds, says Labour’s spokesperson on Sexual and Domestic Violence Poto Williams.

“Agencies that deliver victim services were desperately underfunded. This goes to the heart of the Family Violence Death Review Committee’s finding that these agencies have to work better to prevent family violence.

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