New Zealand Labour Party

Hon Carmel Sepuloni

MP for Kelston

Minister for Social Development, Disability Issues and ACC

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples

Hon Carmel Sepuloni


Kelston electorate office

09 818 4131

200C West Coast Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland

Parliamentary office

04 817 8708

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Hon Carmel Sepuloni

Meet Carmel

MP for Kelston Carmel Sepuloni is of Samoan, Tongan and NZ European descent. She was born and raised in Waitara but has lived in Auckland since 1996.

Outside of politics Carmel has worked broadly across the health and education sectors, working as a Literacy Educator with youth in West Auckland, teaching in Samoa, managing equity programmes at the University of Auckland, managing the Pacific non-regulated Pacific health research project and acting as CEO of New Zealand’s only National Pacific health provider, Vaka Tautua.

Carmel has always been committed to improving social, health and educational outcomes for all New Zealanders but has especially focused during her career on low socio-economic groups, Māori, Pacific, disabled people and sole parents. During her political career Carmel has brought to the fore the slashing of the training incentive allowance, made public the impact of cuts to ACC funding for survivors of sexual violence, campaigned for better legislation around social workers and fought for the right to privacy for social service users.

As the Minister for Social Development and Disability issues Carmel is looking forward to building a fairer welfare system that treats New Zealanders with respect, upholds their dignity and supports them and their families to realise their potential.

Carmel is the mother of two boys aged 5 and 20 years.

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