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Carmel Sepuloni

MP for Kelston

Spokesperson for Social Development
Junior Whip
Associate Education Spokesperson
Associate Pacific Island Affairs Spokesperson

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Much of Carmel’s work as a Member of Parliament has been focused on improving educational and health outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable groups. In particular, her efforts brought National’s Minister of Social Development to account for slashing training incentive allowances. From 2008 to 2011 Carmel held a range of portfolios, including spokesperson on disability issues and victims’ rights and Associate Spokesperson for Social Development and Tertiary Education. 

Carmel has worked broadly across both the education and health sectors. She has been the Project Manager of a Pacific Non-regulated Health Workforce Development Research Project,  Member of the Health and Disability Commissioner's Pacific Advisory Board, Equity Manager for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Auckland, a Primary school teacher in Samoa and a Literacy Educator for ‘at risk’ youth in Avondale.  After losing the Waitakere seat at the 2011 election, Carmel went on to become the CEO of Vaka Tautua - the only National Pacific Health Provider.  Carmel is also mother to two boys - aged 16 years and 16 months.

Career Highlights

  • Board Member, Thrive Teen Parent Support Trust
  • Elected Member, Kelston Boys High School Board
  • Parliamentary Representative at the 2011 Global Action Conference on Women's Representation, Turkey
  • New Zealand representative, American Council of Young Political Leaders tour 2010, USA 
  • Co-chair, New Zealand Commonwealth Parliamentarian Women's Branch
  • Assisted in establishing the Pacific Commonwealth Parliamentarian Women's Branch
  • International Observer at the Egyptian Elections 2011/12 for the National Democratic Institute

Contact Carmel Sepuloni

Kelston electorate office

Address: 200c West Coast Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland
Number: 09 818 4131

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Email: carmel.sepuloni@parliament.govt.nz


Latest from Carmel Sepuloni

Child-first policies needed to combat entrenched poverty

February 16, 2017

The Children’s Commissioner has supported a call from Labour for a child-first approach to policies in order to address persistent and entrenched child poverty, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft appeared today at the Social Services Select Committee where he advocated for a more child-centred approach in all policy areas in order to address child poverty.


Research shows poor outcomes for beneficiaries

February 09, 2017

New research released today shows that beneficiaries are struggling to find long-term employment or go into study after they come off the benefit, and the Government has no plan to help, says Labour’s social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“SUPERU analysed statistical data of former beneficiaries from 2010 to 2011 to determine the outcomes two years after coming off the benefit. Their findings show that only 33 per cent were in employment, and only 8 per cent were in study.


CYF reforms dangerous backward step

December 06, 2016

Child protection has taken a massive step backwards today with the Government passing a Bill that will give significant powers to unspecified ‘professionals’ or contract holders, says Labour’s Acting Children’s spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.


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