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Carmel Sepuloni

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MP for Kelston

Spokesperson for Social Development
Associate Education, Children, Pacific Island Affairs

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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

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Latest from Carmel Sepuloni

Tax cuts when kids go hungry shows National’s lack of moral compass

September 19, 2017

National’s campaign of tax cuts that give $400 million to the top 10 per cent of earners, at a time when 120 Kiwi kids every year are being hospitalised for malnutrition, shows they have lost their moral compass, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“It is shameful that in a modern country that the rate of children who are in hospital due to malnourishment has doubled in the time that National has largely been in power.


Cheaper to stay at The Langham than emergency housing motels

August 17, 2017

Labour’s comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis and ensure there’s enough state housing, means we won’t be paying through the nose for emergency accommodation like the current Government has to, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“National has hocked off state houses all over New Zealand, and now has to put families up in motels or – as we revealed yesterday – buy motels at more than double the most recent QV valuations.


Government pays twice the price for emergency housing motels – with two more on the way

August 16, 2017

Under Labour’s plan to build at least 1000 state houses each year, New Zealand wouldn’t be paying more than double the valuations for motels to house Kiwis needing emergency housing, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“Under questioning today, the Government revealed it has plans to buy another two motels to house Kiwis in need of emergency housing, in addition to the four it has already bought.


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