Jenny Salesa

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Jenny Salesa

MP
Jenny Salesa, 2017.jpg
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.

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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]

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]

In mid-October 2017, 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]

In late June 2019, Salesa was made Minister of Customs following a cabinet reshuffle, replacing Kris Faafoi who assumed the portfolio of Associate Minister for public housing. [8] [9]

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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. Retrieved 23 June 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.
  8. "Winners and losers - PM reveals first substantive Cabinet reshuffle". Radio New Zealand. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2019.
  9. Small, Zane (27 June 2019). "Jacinda Ardern's Cabinet reshuffle: Phil Twyford's Housing portfolio split into three". Newshub . Retrieved 1 July 2019.
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
Preceded by
Kris Faafoi
Minister of Customs
2019–present