Priyanka Radhakrishnan has become the first member of Indian origin to be a minister in New Zealand. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardon ã on Monday added five new ministers to her cabinet, including Priyanka. India-born Priyanka (41) studied in Singapore till school and then went to New Zealand for further studies.
She has consistently raised voices for women like domestic victims and migrant laborers who have been exploited, whose voices are often unheard. She was elected a Member of Parliament for the first time from the Labor Party in September 2017. In 2019, she was appointed as Parliamentary Private Secretary for the ethnic communities.
She also became a minister in the community and voluntary sector and the Ministry of Social Development and Employment. The 'New Zealand Herald' newspaper quoted 'Indian Vikander' as saying that Priyanka is the first minister of Indian-New Zealand origin. She lives in Auckland with her husband. Announcing the new ministers, Prime Minister Ardon ã said, "I am excited to induct some new talent, people with grassroots experience."