Hon Aupito William Sio has been the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Māngere since 2008. Previously he was a City Councillor in Auckland for the Ōtara ward, and the first Deputy Mayor for Manukau City of Pacific heritage. He lives with his family in Māngere, a place he calls the Gateway, land of the young, beautiful and gifted, and home of world champions.
In 2017, he was sworn in as Minister for Pacific Peoples, Associate Minister for Courts, Associate Minister for Justice. As Minister for Pacific Peoples he has driven a Pacific Wellbeing plan to achieve thriving and prosperous Pacific communities in Aotearoa, a plan that is underpinned by the strengths of Pacific languages, cultures, spirituality and bilingualism.Read more
Aupito believes in a strength-based approach and that Pacific peoples can lead change as the authors of their own solutions. He has been vocal about Pacific climate change issues and has worked alongside the Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and other colleagues to help amplify the voices of the Pacific nations at the UN General Assembly and other international forums.
Aupito migrated from Samoa as a child with his parents to settle in New Zealand during the manufacturing boom in South Auckland. He experienced the Dawn Raid period personally and uses that experience to bring about positive change in New Zealand society. He holds matai titles of Aupito and Su’a from his father’s side, and the matai titles Toesulusulu and Tofae from his mother’s villages in Samoa.