Jenny Salesa

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Jenny Salesa

MP
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Salesa in 2017
7th Minister for Building and Construction
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Nick Smith
Minister for Ethnic Communities
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded by Judith Collins
65th Minister of Customs
Assumed office
27 June 2019
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded by Kris Faafoi
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Manukau East
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded by Ross Robertson
Majority13,254
Personal details
BornTonga
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Damon Salesa
Alma mater University of Auckland
ProfessionPublic servant

Jennifer Teresia Salesa (née Latu) is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2014 general election as a representative of the New Zealand Labour Party.

2014 New Zealand general election

The 2014 New Zealand general election took place on Saturday 20 September 2014 to determine the membership of the 51st New Zealand Parliament.

The New Zealand Labour Party, or simply Labour, is a centre-left political party in New Zealand. The party's platform programme describes its founding principle as democratic socialism, while observers describe Labour as social-democratic and pragmatic in practice. It is a participant of the international Progressive Alliance.

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Biography

Early life and career

She is of Tongan heritage and is married to university academic Damon Salesa. [1] Prior to entering Parliament Salesa had worked in the public sector, and overseas in the United States. [2]

Tonga country in Oceania

Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean. The state has a population of 100,651 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.

Damon Ieremia Salesa is a Samoan New Zealand academic. Raised in Glen Innes, he attended Selwyn College and then the University of Auckland. Salesa was the first Rhodes Scholar of Pacific descent. He is currently head of the Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland. He is married to Jenny Salesa, a lawyer and member of the New Zealand parliament for the Labour Party.

Political career

New Zealand Parliament
YearsTermElectorateListParty
2014 2017 51st Manukau East 31 Labour
2017 present 52nd Manukau East19 Labour

Salesa replaced long serving MP Ross Robertson in the Manukau East seat when he retired at the 2014 election. She was successful in gaining the Labour party nomination for the seat, ahead of Auckland Councillor Efeso Collins. [3] [4] Salesa won the seat with 68.0% of the vote and a large majority amounting to 50.9%. [5]

Ross Robertson New Zealand politician

Harold Valentine Ross Robertson, known as Ross Robertson, is a New Zealand politician for the Labour Party. He was a Member of Parliament from 1987 until his retirement in 2014. He also served as president of Parliamentarians for Global Action.

Manukau East Current New Zealand electorate

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Fa'anānā Efeso Collins is a New Zealand politician who is an Auckland Councillor.

Salesa was elected as a Cabinet Minister by the Labour Party caucus following Labour's formation of a government with New Zealand First and the Greens. [6] She was appointed Minister for Building and Construction and Minister of Ethnic Communities, and Associate Minister of Education, Health, and Housing and Urban Development. [7]

New Zealand First, commonly abbreviated to NZ First, is a nationalist and populist political party in New Zealand. It was founded in July 1993, following the resignation on 19 March 1993 of its leader and founder, Winston Peters, from the then-governing National Party. It has formed governments with both major parties in New Zealand, first with the National Party from 1996 to 1998 and then with the Labour Party from 2005 to 2008 and from 2017 to present.

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand is a left-wing political party in New Zealand. Like many Green parties around the world it has four organisational pillars: ecology, social responsibility, grassroots democracy, and nonviolence. It also accepts Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand and recognises Māori as Tangata Whenua.

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References

  1. "Jenny Salesa to stand for Labour in Manukau East". Pacific Guardians. 24 February 2014. Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  2. "Jenny Salesa named as Labour candidate for the Manukau East electorate". newstalkzb.co.nz. 22 February 2014. Archived from the original on 21 September 2014.
  3. "Labour to select candidate for Manukau East – Scoop News".
  4. Roberts, Sarah (28 February 2014). "Labour picks Manukau East candidate" via Stuff.co.nz.
  5. "Official Count Results – Manukau East (2014)". Electoral Commission . Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  6. "Who's in? Who's out?". Radio NZ. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  7. "Ministerial List". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet . Retrieved 26 October 2017.
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Ross Robertson
Member of Parliament for Manukau East
2014–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Nick Smith
Minister for Building and Construction
2017-present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Judith Collins
Minister for Ethnic Communities
2017-present