Jenny Salesa

MP for Manukau East

Spokesperson for Skills and Training
Associate Education Spokesperson
Associate Health Spokesperson
Associate Employment Spokesperson

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Jenny is committed to representing the people of Manukau East in Parliament.  She is a strong advocate for a fair and just society as well as opportunities for all New Zealanders. She will bring to Parliament a wealth of public sector experience and a strong background in advocacy and development.

Jenny has 20 years experience in policy, as a health specialist, as a funder and senior official in the Health and Education sectors.  Jenny was formerly the Principal Advisor Pacific at the Tertiary Education Commission. She also has grassroots community development experience gained as one of the founders of a community health provider in Auckland as well as through her involvement in implementing and spreading to other cities an evidence-based health initiative developed in the American state of Michigan.

Career Highlights

  • Principal Advisor Pacific, Tertiary Education Commission
  • Chair, Ha'apai Relief Committee
  • Elected Member, Mt Wellington Licensing Trust
  • Voluntary Community Organiser for the Obama Campaign
  • Founding President, Pacific Island Law Students' Association, University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland

Contact Jenny Salesa


Manukau East Electorate Office

7 Fulton Crescent, Manukau East
PO Box 61 175, Otara 2159, Auckland
Phone: 09 274 9231

Latest from Jenny Salesa

Blaming Maori and Pasifika education for lack of housing is a disgrace

June 10, 2016

Nick Smith sunk to a new low when he blamed Maori and Pasifika educational underachievement for plummeting rates of homeownership among their people, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Jenny Salesa says.

“The Housing Minister yesterday said lower rates of home ownership among Maori and Pasifika were ‘just a broader reflection of the fact that they tend to have lower education achievement, that they have lower incomes, and that translates itself into housing’.

Plumber shortfall highlights gaps in trades training

May 05, 2016

A shortage of skilled plumbers highlights major gaps in the Government’s trades training which is having serious implications for our construction industry, Labour’s Skills and Training spokesperson Jenny Salesa says.

“Information obtained under the Official Information Act shows an undersupply of plumbers is predicted to hit 58 per cent over the next few years. That means Auckland alone will be 601 plumbers short.

Disillusioned digital divide

February 10, 2016

The Ministry of Education boss Peter Hughes seems to be under some kind of illusion if he holds the view that “all students have access to a digital device”, says Labour’s Associate Education spokesperson Jenny Salesa.

“Peter Hughes today made the statement before the Education and Science Select Committee so I invited him to South Auckland where schools don’t have money to provide technical gadgets.

“The reality, especially in South Auckland, is that parents are getting into debt due to the growing demand for their kids to have these modern tools.

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