Headlines November 4, 2020
Priyanca Radhakrishnan is New Zealand’s first Indian-origin minister
In a proud moment for India, New Zealand (NZ) gets its first Indian-origin woman as a minister. Priyanca Radhakrishnan who hails from North Paravur in Kerala is a two-time Member of Parliament and NZ left-leaning labor party leader for over 14 years. Priyanca became the minister on Monday after NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought in five new ministers into her executive.
41-year-old Priyanca was born to R Radhakrishnan who hails from North Paravur of Ernakulam in Kerala. An IIT alumnus, Priyanca left to Singapore to pursue her higher studies and then to New Zealand where she completed a master’s degree. In the meantime, Priyanca got active in politics too. She started working as a social worker for the Indian community at Auckland. Priyanca got married to NZ citizen Richardson and settled down in the country.
Priyanca will be the Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities as well as the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment.
Wishes on social media
When Priyanca scripted history, she was showered with love and appreciation from Indian leaders.
“It gives us immense happiness to learn that Priyanca Radhakrishnan (@priyancanzlp) became the first-ever Indian-origin minister of New Zealand. The Labour party leader has her roots in Kerala. On behalf of the people of the State, we extend our warmest greetings”, tweeted Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
“Congratulations to @priyancanzlp on becoming the first NewZealand Cabinet Minister of Indian origin. Keralites taking great pride in this news!”, tweeted Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.
“Heartiest congratulations to MP @priyancanzlp on becoming a minister in #NewZealand . Indeed a proud day for Indian diaspora! Wishing her success in her new role as a Minister”, tweeted V Muraleedharan, Union Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs.
Watch in Sign Language
Support us to make NewzHook Sustainable – Make a Contribution Today
We need your continued support to enable us work towards Changing Attitudes towards Disability. Help us in our attempt to share the voices of people with disabilities that enable them to participate in the society on an equal footing!