Alfred Ngaro

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The Honourable
Alfred Ngaro
MP
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for National Party list
Assumed office
30 November 2011 (2011-11-30)
Minister of Community and Voluntary Sector
In office
20 December 2016 – 26 October 2017
Prime MinisterBill English
Preceded byJo Goodhew
Succeeded byPeeni Henare
Minister for Pacific Peoples
In office
20 December 2016 – 26 October 2017
Prime MinisterBill English
Preceded bySam Lotu-Iiga
Succeeded byAupito Su'a William Sio
Personal details
Born1965/1966 (age 52–53)[1]
New Zealand
Political partyNational Party
Websitewww.alfredngaro.co.nz

Alfred Ngaro is a New Zealand politician and, since the 2011 election, a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives. He is a member of the National Party and the first Cook Islander who was elected to Parliament in New Zealand.

Early life[edit]

Ngaro is of Cook Islands descent.[1] Ngaro's father Daniel Ngaro from Aitutaki[2] and Pukapuka was a union delegate, and the family has a long tradition of voting for the Labour Party.[1] His mother, Toko Kirianu, is from Mangaia.[2]

Ngaro trained as an electrician and was self-employed in the trade for five years.[3] As per his grandmother's wish,[2] he then completed a theology degree at the Bible College of New Zealand (now Laidlaw College) and became a pastor at the Tamaki Community Church.[4] He later won a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award for his work on the Tamaki Transformation Project.[5]

Ngaro served as the Auckland District Health Board's Pacific committee chairman and as the Tamaki College board of trustees chairman.[1] He is a member of various advisory committees for the Ministry of Social Development.[6]

Member of Parliament[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2011–2014 50th List 37 National
2014–2017 51st List 34 National
2017–present 52nd List 20 National

Ngaro was encouraged by his friend Sam Lotu-Iiga to become active in politics.[1] Ngaro was a candidate for Citizens & Ratepayers in the Maungakiekie-Tamaki ward at the 2010 elections for the Auckland Council. He however finished second to Richard Northey and was not elected.[7]

In early September 2011, he was announced as a list-only candidate for the New Zealand National Party at the 2011 election.[8] He was ranked at 37 on the party list[9] and was subsequently elected.[10][11] He is the first Cook Islander to be elected to the New Zealand Parliament, sitting in the 50th Parliament.[12]

Ngaro voted against the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in New Zealand.[13]

In the 2014 election Ngaro was the National Party candidate for Te Atatu, Ngaro lost to Labour's Phil Twyford by 2,813 votes. Ranked 34th on the National Party list, Ngaro returned to parliament as a National List MP.

On 20 December 2016, he was sworn in as a Minister in the Fifth National Government of New Zealand, after being promoted to Cabinet by Prime Minister Bill English. He is the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Associate Minister for Children, and Associate Minister for Social Housing.

Private life[edit]

His wife Mokauina is of Samoan-Niuean descent.[1][14] They have four children; three boys and one girl.[2][14]

Controversy[edit]

In 2009, Alfred Ngaro allegedly punched former Tamaki College art teacher Christopher Scott Roy for not bowing his head during a prayer. Roy alleged that Ngaro, whose son was in the Tamaki First XV rugby team, approached Roy after the prayer. Roy alleged that he was then confronted by Ngaro and that he then punched Roy in the back of the head.[15] Tamaki College denied any assault occurred. In a judgment released mid November 2013, ERA member Tania Tetitaha did not make a finding about the alleged assault but found there were several issues with Roy's statements including: despite initially identifying the principal Soana Pamaka, Roy changed his evidence at the hearing, saying he didn't see her strike him at all. Roy then changed the location of his injuries and provided no corroborating evidence. When Roy took the matter to police, they declined to investigate. The ERA also found a lack of evidence of bullying behaviour. The police and Employment Relations Authority decided not to investigate the incident.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Romanos, Amelia (3 November 2011). "'Cook Island Kiwi' breaks with tradition". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d "Alfred Ngaro". Inspiring Communities. Archived from the original on 1 June 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  3. ^ "Alfred Ngaro". TVNZ. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  4. ^ "Meet Auckland's new MPs". APN Holdings NZ Limited. 1 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  5. ^ "Alfred Ngaro wins Sir Peter Blake Leadership award". Inspiring Communities. 29 June 2009. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Alfred Ngaro". Raising Children in New Zealand. Archived from the original on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Alfred Ngaro valiant in defeat". Scoop. 13 October 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  8. ^ Goodfellow, Peter (4 September 2011). "New Faces In National's 2011 Party List". National Party. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Party lists for the 2011 General Election". Elections New Zealand. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
  10. ^ "Twenty-five new faces for Parliament". 3 News. 27 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  11. ^ "Official Count Results -- Successful Candidates". New Zealand Electoral Commission. Retrieved 13 December 2011.
  12. ^ "Key Talks Up Nz Election Policies On Pasifika Issues". Scoop. 21 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  13. ^ "Gay marriage: How MPs voted". NZ Herald. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 25 April 2016.
  14. ^ a b "New National Party Pacific MP in NZ". Radio Australia. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  15. ^ "Punched For Not Praying". Fairfax. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  16. ^ "Atheist teacher fails in ERA bid". Fairfax. Retrieved 19 November 2013.