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

Latest from Carmel Sepuloni

Social data security review too little, too late

April 12, 2017

The independent review into the Ministry of Social Development’s individual client level data IT system is too little, too late, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“The Minister of Social Development has finally seen some sense and called for an independent review into the IT system that will hold private client information from social services.

Govt drops ball on Masters Games housing squeeze

April 09, 2017

Families currently living in emergency accommodation face being forced out onto the street as motel accommodation in Auckland is filled up by contestants and visitors of the World Masters Games in coming weeks, says Labours social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“The World Masters Games are very welcome, bringing 25,000 registered contestants with 10,000 travelling supporters to Auckland from April 21-30, but the Government has dropped the ball by failing to plan for the significant impact on families currently receiving emergency accommodation.

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.

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