Parata pro­moted to Cabi­net

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

First term List MP Hekia Parata says she is ‘‘hum­bled’’ and ‘‘ex­cited’’ fol­low­ing her pro­mo­tion to Cabi­net last week.

Ms Parata, who re­cently cut Labour’s ma­jor­ity in the Mana by-elec­tion, was named the new Eth­nic Af­fairs and Women’s Af­fairs min­is­ter last Mon­day, fol­low­ing the res­ig­na­tion of Pansy Wong.

Prime Min­is­ter John Key el­e­vated Ms Parata over other back­benchers, de­scrib­ing her as ‘‘ex­traor­di­nar­ily tal­ented’’. She was sworn in on De­cem­ber 8 and went to work im­me­di­ately to learn about her new port­fo­lios.

‘‘This is a real hon­our,’’ Ms Parata said. ‘‘I feel priv­i­leged and proud to be given the op­por­tu­nity to serve as a min­is­ter in John Key’s Govern­ment, and un­der­take to do all I can to ad­vance and im­prove the ser­vices that New Zealan­ders re­ceive.’’

She also picks up as­so­ci­ate min­is­ter roles for ACC, en­ergy and re­sources, and for the com- mu­nity and vol­un­tary sec­tor.

Ms Parata en­tered Par­lia­ment in 2008 on the List, af­ter un­suc­cess­fully con­test­ing the Mana seat.

She sits on the Maori Af­fairs and the Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme Re­view se­lect com­mit­tees.

Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett took the op­por­tu­nity to con­grat­u­late her, point­ing out her achieve­ments lo­cally, in­clud­ing es­tab­lish­ing the Porirua Youth Awards.

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