Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand Minister – 1st ever Indian Origin Minister

Priyanca Radhakrishnan becomes New Zealand 1st Indian Origin Minister. She was elected to the parliament in 2017 as a representative of New Zealand Labour Party.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan

She was born in Kerala, India. Priyanca Radhakrishnan grew up in Singapore and then she moved to New Zealand. Priyanca Completed her master’s degree in development studies from Victoria University of Wellington. She also worked as a social worker amongst the Indian community in Auckland.

She was born in 1979. She has spent her life advocating on the behalf of people whose voices are often unheard – Women supervisor of domestic violence and migrant workers who have been exploited.

She became 1st ever Indian Origin New Zealand minister after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern introduced 5 new ministers into her executive. She did her schooling from Singapore and then moved to New Zealand for further higher education.

She was first elected as the Member of Parliament in the Labour Party in 2017 and in 2019, she was appointed the parliamentary private secretary to the minister of Ethnic Communities.

After working hard in her assigned role, Priyanca Radhakrishnan was appointed as the minister of diversity, inclusion and ethnic communities. Along with this new role, she was also appointed as the minister for the community and voluntary sector and associate minister for social development and employment.

Currently she is staying in Auckland with her Husband.

Prime Minister Ardern said: “I am excited to be bringing in some new talent, with the first-hand experience in the areas that they will be working in, and reflecting the New Zealand that elected us on the 17th of October”.

“Within this lineup, I’m playing to people’s strengths,” she said.

“This is a Cabinet and an executive that is based on merit but also happens to be incredibly diverse,” Ardern said.

The newly elected executives will take sworn on Friday which will be followed by the Cabinet’s first meeting.

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