New Zealand Labour Party

Hon Carmel Sepuloni

MP for Kelston

Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples

Contact Hon Carmel Sepuloni

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.

Contact Hon Carmel Sepuloni

Kelston electorate office

Phone: 09 818 4131

200C West Coast Rd, Glen Eden, Auckland

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 8708

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160

Latest from Hon Carmel Sepuloni

Tax cuts when kids go hungry shows National’s lack of moral compass

September 19, 2017

National’s campaign of tax cuts that give $400 million to the top 10 per cent of earners, at a time when 120 Kiwi kids every year are being hospitalised for malnutrition, shows they have lost their moral compass, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“It is shameful that in a modern country that the rate of children who are in hospital due to malnourishment has doubled in the time that National has largely been in power.

Cheaper to stay at The Langham than emergency housing motels

August 17, 2017

Labour’s comprehensive plan to fix the housing crisis and ensure there’s enough state housing, means we won’t be paying through the nose for emergency accommodation like the current Government has to, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“National has hocked off state houses all over New Zealand, and now has to put families up in motels or – as we revealed yesterday – buy motels at more than double the most recent QV valuations.

Government pays twice the price for emergency housing motels – with two more on the way

August 16, 2017

Under Labour’s plan to build at least 1000 state houses each year, New Zealand wouldn’t be paying more than double the valuations for motels to house Kiwis needing emergency housing, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

“Under questioning today, the Government revealed it has plans to buy another two motels to house Kiwis in need of emergency housing, in addition to the four it has already bought.

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