Priyanca Radhakrishnan : First Indian to become minister in New Zealand Parliament

Priyanca Radhakrishnan, first Indian origin to become minister in New Zealand

Labour Party’s MP Priyanca Radhakrishnan has created history by becoming the first-ever-Indian origin to become a Minister in New Zealand government. The second time MP Priyanca has been appointed as Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Minister for Youth, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment. Priyanca Radhakrishnan is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2017 general election as a representative of the New Zealand Labour Party. An Indian origin, she was born in Kerala, in 1979. She moved with her parents at a young age to Singapore where she was raised and educated. She moved to New Zealand to further her education. She has a Master of Development Studies from Victoria University and chose to make New Zealand her home. After graduating Priyanca worked as a social worker amongst the Indian community in Auckland. She has spent her work life advocating on behalf of people whose voices are often unheard – women survivors of domestic violence and exploited migrant workers. She has also worked as a Policy Advisor to former Labour M Phil Goff.