Peseta, first Pacific islander minister for National govt.
22/01/2014-Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga will become the first MP of Pacific heritage to hold ministerial portfolios under a National government.
In a ministerial reshuffle announced by Prime Minister John Key yesterday, Peseta, has been appointed Minister of Pacific Island Affairs and Associate Minister for Local Government. The new roles take effect next week on Tuesday, 28 January, prior to parliament resuming for 2014.
In a statement, Peseta who is Samoan, said he is looking forward “to leading the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs in raising the achievement levels of Pacific people in New Zealand.”
He emphasised that the National government is committed to lifting the economic performance and successes of New Zealand and would like to see Pacific people share in that success. A pathway that he sees education playing a major part.
“I will also continue to work alongside Pacific communities to realise their dreams and aspiration. I believe the key to unlocking our potential is through education.”
He thanked the Prime Minister for the confidence in appointing him to his new roles and acknowledged the work by his predecessors, Georgina Te Heuheu and Hekia Parata.
“I am also looking forward to working more closely with Hon Paula Bennett on delivering better outcomes in local government. It is about responding to local views and aspirations on one hand while also delivering on national priorities”.
Media contact: Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga – 021 492 994