The Labour Māori caucus is proud of the five new Māori Ministers who have today been announced by Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern.
“We have a lot to be proud of today with Jacinda Ardern’s historic announcement of Nanaia Mahuta as the first ever wahine as Minister of Maori Development.
“This acknowledges the fantastic results she achieved in Waikato-Hauraki, her previous experience in Government and the incredible mana she has amongst all New Zealanders.
“I have responsibility for Tourism and Corrections and I’m excited to take the newly created role of Crown/Māori Relations, to work with iwi Māori and Māori organisations in the post-Treaty Settlement environment.
“I’m looking forward to making a difference in the portfolios that have been allocated and will be supporting all my colleagues.
“Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare is the new Minister for Whanau Ora, Youth and the Community and Voluntary Sector. He’s an example of the young outstanding talent that we have in Te Ao Māori at the moment.
“Meka Whaitiri takes on the role of Customs Minister and Associate roles in Agriculture, Crown/Māori Relations and Local Government after a long battle with the last Government over Māori land issues.
“Willie Jackson is the new Minister for Employment which is appropriate given his long history as a union advocate. He’s also the Associate Minister of Māori Development which acknowledges his considerable experience across the Māori and mainstream world.
“This is a great opportunity for our people, and the five Māori Ministers are determined to make a positive difference for our people. Today is a day for all Māori to celebrate as we are recognised at the highest political levels,” says Kelvin Davis.