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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

Alfred Ngaro might be sorry – but to whom?

May 24, 2017

The fact that the number of people classified as homeless on the Social Housing Register has doubled over the past year alone should be the real reason for Alfred Ngaro’s recent apologies, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“As at 31 March 2017, there were 898 applications on the Social Housing Register where the main reason provided for the application was ‘homelessness’. That’s an increase of 470 or 110 per cent in one year.


Government’s data-for-funding backdown embarrassing

May 24, 2017

The Government’s U-turn on their shambolic attempt to collect private client data from social services is an embarrassment for a senior Minister, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“After months of criticism and mismanagement, the Government has finally cut its losses and backed down from its callous demands for private client data from social services in their new contracts.


Government can’t be trusted with private data

May 17, 2017

The independent review of the Ministry of Social Development’s data breach in April has shown, once again, that the Ministry cannot be trusted with private client information, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“The investigation by former Deloitte chairman Murray Jack exposes the portal, intended to be used by all social services to upload private client information, as simply not up to scratch.


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