Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Priyanca Radhakrishnan: New Zealand’s First ever Indian Origin Minister

Wellington: Priyanca Radhakrishnan’s name will be written in 53rd New Zealand Parliament history with first Indian Origin becoming a minister when she takes oath on Nov 6, Friday. Priyanca, is living in Auckland with her husband, Richardson, who is an IT employee. She spent her life advocating on behalf of people whose voices are unheard.

Joins labour party in 2006

She joined Labour party in 2006 and served as private secretary of a former minister of ethnic communities, Jenny Salesa, from 2019 till date. She was appointed as a minister for community and voluntary sector, minister for diversity, Inclusion and ethnic communities, minister for youth and associate minister for social development and employment.

Grandfather from Kerala

Priyanca’s grandfather was known for his active role in the formation of Kerala state. Priyanca’s parents Raman Radha Krishnan and Usha hails from Paravoor in Ernakulam district, Kerala. Priyanca has her schooling in Singapore before leaving for New Zealand to study master’s degree.

New talent: PM

Priyanca, is from 2017 intake new MP’s, is a minister outside of the cabinet. New Zealand Prime Minister Andern said “I am excited to be bringing in some new talent, with first- hand experience in the areas they will be working in, and reflecting the New Zealand that elected us on Oct 17”. She warned that if ministers don’t deliver, they will be shown the door.


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