1 Nov 2017

NZ's Pacific minister confident of influence in Cabinet

9:02 am on 1 November 2017

New Zealand's new Minister of Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio says although he is not a minister within the cabinet, the prime minister will involve him in cabinet decisions.

Labour MP, Su'a William Sio.

Aupito William Sio Photo: parliament

He said Pacific people should be confident that his associate minister, Carmel Sepuloni, will provide a strong Pacific voice in the government's executive.

Ms Sepuloni is the minister of social development and Aupito says the minister of building and construction, Jenny Salesa, will also offer a Pacific perspective.

He says whether inside cabinet or not, the minister of Pacific peoples needs to be able to forge strong working relationships with other ministries.

"My skillset is in being able to engage and build those strong relationships. I think people need to be confident in that. But at any time when there are matters pertaining to the Pacific that are to be discussed in cabinet, I've got no doubt the prime minister will involve me in those decisions."

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