Kiwi-Indian MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan has been elevated to new role in the government becoming Parliamentary Private Secretary for Ethnic Affairs in the latest cabinet reshuffle announced today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Expressing delight on the announcement Priyanca said, “I am honoured to be appointed by the Prime Minister Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern, to serve our diverse communities as a Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities.

“I have spent many years advocating for legislative and policy change to address specific challenges that disproportionately impact our ethnic communities, and support their aspirations. I look forward to the opportunity to work more closely with Ministers to build on this work.

 “I want to acknowledge my colleague and friend, Michael Wood, for his work as Parliamentary Undersecretary to the Minister for Ethnic Communities.

“Over the last 20 months, Michael has made a substantial and lasting contribution to the strengthening of relationships between the government and many ethnic communities. His dedication to the role was exemplary.

“I thank the Prime Minister for this leadership opportunity,” Priyanca said through a press released from her office.

Parliamentary Private Secretaries are members of Parliament who may be appointed by the Prime Minister by letter to assist Ministers. Parliamentary Private Secretaries support the Minister by building relationships with relevant communities, representing the Minister at public events, delivering speeches on occasions when the Minister is not available, and assisting with administrative matters. They are not part of the Executive.

They have no executive responsibilities and no policy, financial, statutory, or operational authority. They are not bound by the principle of collective responsibility.