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 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. As Minister for Pacific Peoples he has driven a Pacific transformational plan to achieve thriving and prosperous Pacific communities in Aotearoa, a plan that is underpinned by the values of Pacific languages and cultures, and Pacific people’s strength in bilingualism.
Aupito is passionate about advocating for diversity and the needs of Pacific peoples. He believes in a strength-based approach and that Pacific peoples can lead change and are the authors of their own solutions. In addition, he has been very vocal about climate change and how it is affecting the smaller islands and atolls in the Pacific region. He has worked alongside the Prime Minister and other colleagues to help amplify the voices of the Pacific nations at the United Nations General Assembly and other international events.
Hon Aupito William Sio arrived in New Zealand as an eight year old when his parents migrated from Samoa to settle in New Zealand during the manufacturing boom in South Auckland. He experienced the Dawn Raid period personally and continues to use that experience to bring about positive change in New Zealand society. His father comes from the village of Letaupe, Matatufu in the district of Lotofaga, Samoa, while his mother’s side is from the village of Satapuala, Falefa, Falevao and Sapo’e.