Maori and Pasifika Ministers sworn into NZ Government

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sworn in on October 26 with her diverse line-up of ministers, including 13 Maori and Pacific ministers, to govern New Zealand for the next three years, Ministry for Pacific Peoples Chief Executive Officer congratulates the new MPs.


Hon Carmel Sepuloni tweeted this image ahead of being sworn in


Aupito William Sio is now Minister for Pacific Peoples outside cabinet, with Labour colleagues Carmel Sepuloni and Jenny Salesa picking up portfolios inside cabinet.


Ms Sepuloni is Minister for Social Development and for Disability Issues and Ms Salesa, New Zealand's first Tongan-born cabinet minister, will be responsible for Building and Construction, and Ethnic Communities.


Kris Fa'afoi, also outside cabinet, is Minister of Civil Defence, and Commerce and Consumer Affairs.


Kelvin Davis, who became Minister of Corrections, Tourism and Crown/Maori Relations swore his oath in te reo Maori as did new Minister of Forestry and for Infrastructure Shane Jones and Nanaia Mahuta, Minister for Maori Development.


Other Ministers with Maori affiliations are new Minister of Defence Ron Mark and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, who has iwi links to Ngati Wai.


Outside Cabinet, Willie Jackson becomes the new Minister of Employment, Meka Whaitiri is Minister of Customs and Peeni Henare is Minister for Whanau Ora and Youth. Fletcher Tabuteau becomes a parliamentary under-secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Ministry for Pacific Peoples Chief Executive Officer Laulu Mac Leauanae extends his congratulations to the newly appointed Pacific ministers.


“We congratulate the incoming Minister and the Associate Minister for Pacific Peoples, and we look forward to working closely with Aupito and Carmel, in serving our Pacific communities and advising the Government about key policies affecting Pacific families and communities in New Zealand,” says Laulu.


“We must also acknowledge the drive and commitment of the outgoing Minister for Pacific Peoples, Alfred Ngaro, for his support and great leadership for our Pacific communities.”


“The Ministry’s vision focuses on “Successful Pacific Peoples”, which places the community and its people at the heart of the Ministry’s work.


“We look forward to collaborating with both Aupito and Carmel in addressing the issues and opportunities that are important to our people.” says Laulu.


“In congratulating Aupito and Carmel on their appointment we also extend our congratulations to Jenny Salesa and Kris Fa’afoi on their new portfolios.”