Labour Elects Hungarian-Kiwi Claire Szabó

“A truly surprising story from New Zealand. The ruling Labour Party has elected Claire Szabó as its new president. New Zealand-born Szabó is also a Hungarian citizen, her father served as Hungary’s Honorary Consul in the past,” György Lázár reports for online English-language newspaper, Hungarian Free Press.

“The 41-year-old politician has an unusual life story. Her father arrived in New Zealand as a refugee after the 1956 Hungarian Revolution when the country accepted 1100 Hungarian refugees. She grew up in Papakura and describes herself a Hungarian-Kiwi,” Lázár writes.

“After receiving a degree in music in Auckland she moved to Hungary to teach English. Next stop was Dublin’s Trinity College where she received a degree in education management and continued working as a language teacher. After returning to New Zealand she joined English Language Partners a community-based, not-profit organization that offers English courses to migrants and refugees from non-English speaking backgrounds. She frequently talks about her father’s refugee experience.

“In the last couple of years she was the chief executive of Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organisation which builds shelters for people with low incomes.”

Original article by György Lázár, Hungarian Free Press, December 1, 2019.


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