the grill

Sunday Star-Times - Sunday Magazine - - CONTENTS - Pho­tographed by Lawrence Smith

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Nikki Kaye has a his­tory of ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lars. The Na­tional Party’s Auck­land Cen­tral MP, who has de­grees in ge­net­ics and law, is also a marathoner, mul­ti­sport ath­lete and Coast to Coast alumni. She has a gree­nie streak for a blue party mem­ber. She’s not shy about so­cial is­sues – she helped bring the Pride Pa­rade back to Auck­land, and fol­low­ing her re­turn from leave af­ter be­ing treated for breast can­cer, has spo­ken in favour of in­creas­ing ac­cess to medic­i­nal cannabis.

One topic she would not be swayed on, how­ever, was choos­ing be­tween her beloved cats Lilly and Char­lie – “even though cats can’t read” as one of her staff said.

Kaye will­ingly un­der­took the rest of our Sun­day Grill.

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