Priyanca Radhakrishnan became New Zealand’s Indian-born prime minister on Monday after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern inducted five new ministers into her executive.
Born in India, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, 41, attended school in Singapore before moving to New Zealand to continue her education.
She has spent her professional life advocating for people whose voices are often unknown – female survivors of domestic violence and migrant workers who have been exploited.
She was first elected as a Member of Parliament belonging to the Labor Party in September 2017.
In 2019, she was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Ethnic Communities.
Her work in this area has helped her lay the foundations for her new role as Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities.
In addition, she became Minister of the Community and Voluntary Sector and Associate Minister of Social Development and Employment.
She became the very first minister of the Kiwi Indians of New Zealand, the New Zealand Herald newspaper said, citing Indian Weekender.
Priyanca Radhakrishnan, who is part of the admission of new MPs in 2017, is a minister outside the Cabinet.
She lives in Auckland with her husband.
Announcing the names of the new ministers, Prime Minister Ardern said: “I am delighted to bring in new talent, with first-hand experience in the areas in which they will work, and reflecting the New Zealand that elected us. on October 17 “.
“Within this formation, I play on the strengths of the people”, she declared.
“It is a Cabinet and an Executive which is based on merit, but which also happens to be incredibly diverse,” said Ardern, days after his center-left Labor Party won a landslide general election victory. country.
The new executive will be sworn in on Friday, which will be followed by the first Cabinet meeting.
“Much of what we are focusing on is making sure that our economic recovery is accelerated,” the 40-year-old prime minister said.
If the ministers don’t deliver, they’ll be shown the door, Ardern warned.