Jenny Salesa

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The Honourable
Jenny Salesa
MP
Jenny Salesa, 2017.jpg
Salesa in 2017
7th Minister for Building and Construction
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byNick Smith
Minister for Ethnic Communities
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime MinisterJacinda Ardern
Preceded byJudith Collins
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Manukau East
Assumed office
20 September 2014
Preceded byRoss Robertson
Majority13,254
Personal details
BornTonga
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Damon Salesa
Alma materUniversity 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.

Biography[edit]

Early life and career[edit]

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[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2014–2017 51st Manukau East 31 Labour
2017–present 52nd Manukau East 19 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]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jenny Salesa to stand for Labour in Manukau East". Pacific Guardians. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  2. ^ Jenny Salesa named as Labour candidate for the Manukau East electorate newstalkzb.co.nz, 22 February 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.
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