Editor’s Note: there was an error in our article. One of our editors’ messed up and wrongly mentioned that Priyanca Radhakrishnan was appointed as Prime Minister of New Zealand. We apologize for this mistake. We have rectified the error. Sorry from the entire BCFocus team again.
Priyanka Radhakrishnan was elected minister in the cabinet of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday. She is the first citizen of Indian origin to hold this post. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has added five new ministers to her cabinet, including Priyanka. Two weeks ago, Ardern’s party won a landslide victory in the country’s general election.
Priyanka recounted a very special day thanking everyone
Priyanka Radhakrishnan, born in India and leader of the Labor Party, said today is a very special day. I am overwhelmed by the special feeling of being part of our government. She wrote in a post on Facebook that I thank everyone who sent me a congratulatory message very much. I am overwhelmed to have been appointed Minister and look forward to working with an excellent group of Ministers during this term.
Priyanka is from Kerala
Priyanka was born in Chennai but her family is from Paravoor in Kerala. She attended school in Singapore and then moved to New Zealand to continue her education. She has consistently voiced female victims of domestic violence and migrant victims of exploitation, whose voices are often unknown.
Members of Parliament were trained for the first time in 2017
She was first elected Member of Parliament from the Labor Party in September 2017. In 2019, he was appointed Private Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Ethnic Communities. His work in the region laid the foundation for his new role as Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities. Apart from that, she also became Minister of the Community and Volunteer Sector and Deputy Minister of the Department of Social Development and Employment.
Priyanka lives with her husband in Auckland
The New Zealand Herald newspaper quoted the Indian Weekender as saying Priyanka is the Minister of Indo-New Zealand origin. She lives in Auckland with her husband. Announcing the new ministers, Prime Minister Ardern said I am delighted to induct new talent, people with grassroots experience.