MP for Panmure-Ōtāhuhu
Spokesperson for Ethnic Communities, Customs
Contact Jenny Salesa
Panmure-Ōtāhuhu Electorate Office
09 274 9231
7 Fulton Crescent, Ōtara, Auckland
PO Box 61175, Ōtara, Auckland 2159
04 817 8714
Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Meet Jenny Salesa
Raised with values of service and hard work, I am committed to social justice, ensuring positive health and educational outcomes, healthy housing, equal opportunities and fairness for all.
Hon Jenny Salesa is MP for the Panmure-Ōtāhuhu electorate, in which she lives with her two daughters, husband and extended family. She has been honoured to serve for nine years as the Member of Parliament for the community. As well as serving as the Assistant Speaker of the New Zealand House of Representatives and Chair of the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee.
Born and raised in Tonga, her family moved to Aotearoa New Zealand, seeking better educational opportunities, when she was 16 and they settled in Auckland. Jenny’s commitment to social justice and ensuring equal opportunities and fairness for all led her to politics.
Jenny graduated from the University of Auckland with a BA/LLB in 1996. She has 25 years’ experience working as a public servant in the New Zealand health and education sectors, with NGOs and as a politician. She has also spent time living and working in America, where she implemented, and spread to other cities, an evidence-based health initiative developed in Michigan.
She was the MP for the Manukau East electorate from 2014 to 2020 and, following the 2020 boundary changes, was elected as the MP for Panmure-Ōtāhuhu. She was Aotearoa New Zealand’s first Tongan-born Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister.