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"The most Polynesian Cabinet NZ has ever seen"

27 October 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

Ministers of the new Labour-led government were sworn in at Government House yesterday in Wellington.

Pacific Labour MPs: Poto Williams, Kris Faafoi, Carmel Sepuloni, Aupito Su'a William Sio, Jenny Salesa and 'Anahila Kanongata'a-Suisuiki. Photo/ Supplied.

Jenny Salesa's family was there to share the historic moment for the first ever Tongan-born Cabinet Minister.

Salesa's husband, Dr. Damon Salesa, says it's a very special day for Pacific people in New Zealand.

"We have for the first time ever four Pacific Ministers sworn in, to go with that, eight Māori Ministers," he says. "This is the most Polynesian Cabinet New Zealand has ever seen."

Dr. Damon Salesa, Jenny Salesa, Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Jenny Salesa's parents, Loketi and Samiu Latu. Photo/ Facebook - Jenny Salesa. 

Carmel Sepuloni and Jenny Salesa are Cabinet Ministers and Kris Faafoi and Aupito Su'a William Sio are Ministers outside Cabinet.

"It's a very moving thing where you see a Cabinet that really looks like the New Zealand that many of us know and a young and dynamic Prime Minister," says Dr. Salesa.

Māori and Pacific Ministers in the new Labour-led government. Photo/ Supplied.

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