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By Chris Harrowell WAKING up once a week at 4am to catch a one-hour fight to work isn’t nearly enough to give Jami- Lee Ross second thoughts about life as a Member of Parliament. The Botany MP has been rese- lected unopposed by the National Party to contest the seat in the gen- eral election later this year. When Parliament is sitting, the 28-year-old is out of bed at 4am each Tuesday to catch a 6am fight from Auckland to Wellington. He’s in his Wellington offce at 7.30am. Prime Minister John Key is yet to announce the election date, but it’s due to be held in November. Mr Ross became an MP in March 2011, by winning the Botany by- election following the resignation of former National Government Cabinet Minister, Pansy Wong. Mr Ross, a former Auckland and Manukau City councillor, won the by-election with 8352 votes. Labour Party candidate Michael Wood fnished second with 4380 votes. Eight months later, Mr Ross again stood successfully for National in Botany at the 2011 gen- eral election. He received 17,780 of the 28,839 electorate candidate votes cast. Labour Party candidate Chao-Fu Wu fnished second, with 7039 votes. Mr Ross sits on Parliament’s fnance and expenditure com- mittee and was announced as the National Government’s third whip last January. The father-of-one says he’s grateful for the regular feedback he receives from the people of East Auckland. He intends to continue engaging with his Botany constituents and work hard to win re-election. “I’m now in my 10th year in poli- tics in my local area and I always appreciate the support I receive,” Mr Ross told the Times. “I want to be a good local repre- sentative who gets out and talks to people on a regular basis and takes their views back to Parliament.” Among the ways Mr Ross stays in touch with the community is through his Botany Road elector- ate offce. He sends out a fortnightly email newsletter, conducts an annual household survey on various issues, and regularly attends large community events. “I don’t want to be an MP who sits in the offce and waits for peo- ple to come to me,” he says. Mr Ross is married to How- ick Local Board member Lucy Schwaner. Their son Henry Schwaner Ross is 18 months old. “I want to publicly thank Lucy for all the support she’s given me,” says Mr Ross. “I wouldn’t be able to do this job as well as I have if she wasn’t standing beside me. “Being an MP is a bigger job than a person would expect. “It’s very demanding and is built on relationships.” Among the issues he believes will be on the minds of voters at this year’s general election are the economy, housing and transport. “New Zealand’s economy has been through a diffcult period and is still recovering,” he says. “We’re starting to see the results of this Government’s hard work and fscal belt-tightening. “We now have one of the high- est rates of economic growth in the developed world.” Mr Ross says he would like to be a Cabinet Minister one day. In the meantime, he intends to focus on his present job. “I believe I’m a good advocate for Botany and will continue to work hard for the electorate.” To enrol to vote in this year’s general election, phone 0800-367- 656, or visit www.elections.org.nz. Sights are set on re-election MP Jami-Lee Ross, with son Henry and wife Lucy Schwaner at the Howick Santa Parade in late November. Mr Ross has been reselected as the National Party's Botany electorate candidate for this year's general election. Times photo Wayne Martin IMMIGRATION Rough start to family's Kiwi holiday F ➤ rompage1 Ms Purdom says Mr Mosa's wife was not prevented from going to the toilet. "When Ms Aziz asked the INZ sta member if she could go to the toilet, she was directed to a Customs o cer to request permission," she says. "This is because the interaction took place at a desk inside a Customs- controlled area and Ms Aziz would need to leave the area to go to the toilet. "Ms Aziz did not indicate at the time that her request had been declined." Ms Purdom also disputes Mr Mosa's claims he was spoken to for about two hours and was stopped from phoning his daughter. "Mr Mosa attempted to call his daughter three times on his mobile phone, but the calls would not go through," she says. "He indicated at the time that this may have been because he did not have a New Zealand sim card in the phone. "The INZ sta member speaking to Mr Mosa o ered to contact Mr Mosa's daughter to let her know where her parents were and that they would be in the arrival hall shortly. That o er was accepted. "During the phone call, the INZ o cer asked Mr Mosa's daughter to con rm her residential address, because it had not been entered on Mr Mosa's and Ms Aziz's arrival cards." Mr Mosa says he accepts INZ has the right to con rm travellers' identities, but says the length of time he was spoken to can't be justi ed. "We arrived in Auckland at about 2pm, but didn't nish the INZ identi cation and Customs clearance until 5.10pm," he says. "That amount of time is almost equal to what it takes to y from Sydney to Auckland."
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