Hon Aupito William Sio arrived in New Zealand as an eight year old when his parents migrated from Samoa to live in Otahuhu in 1969. His father comes from the village of Letaupe in the district of Lotofaga, Samoa, while his mother’s side is from the village of Satapuala.
Aupito William has been the Labour Party Member of Parliament for Mangere since 2008. Previously he was a City Councillor in Auckland for the Otara ward, and the first Pacific Deputy Mayor for Manukau City. In 2017 he was sworn in as Minister for Pacific Peoples, Associate Minister for Courts, Associate Minister for Justice.
Aupito William is passionate about advocating for diversity and the needs of Pacific peoples. In addition, he has been very vocal about climate change and how it is affecting the smaller islands and atolls in the Pacific region.