Kris Faafoi

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The Honourable
Kris Faafoi
MP
Kris Faafoi 2.jpg
25th Minister of Civil Defence
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Nathan Guy
Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
Assumed office
26 October 2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Jacqui Dean
17th Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
Assumed office
7 September 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Clare Curran
Minister of Customs
Assumed office
20 September 2018
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Meka Whaitiri
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Mana
Assumed office
2010
Preceded by Luamanuvao Winnie Laban
Majority 10,980 in 2017
Personal details
Born 1976 (age 41–42)
Nationality  New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Gina Faafoi-Rogers (former)
Domestic partner Mae Puller
Children 3
Profession Journalist

Kristopher John "Kris" Faafoi (born 1976), a New Zealand politician, holds membership of the New Zealand Labour Party. He became the representative of the Mana electorate in the New Zealand Parliament in 2010.

Early life and family[edit]

Faafoi's parents are from the Tokelau atoll of Fakaofo. He grew up in Christchurch. Kris lives in Porirua with his partner Mae and three sons.[1] Faafoi was married to Gina Faafoi-Rogers. Their son George was born 2008.[2][3] His elder brother Jason is a TV presenter and musician.[4][5]

Professional career[edit]

Faafoi trained as a journalist. He worked for the BBC and as a political commentator.[1][6] Prior to the Mana by-election, he was the chief press secretary for Labour leader Phil Goff, and the Rongotai Pacific branch chair of the Labour Party.[7]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2010–2011 49th Mana Labour
2011–2014 50th Mana 41 Labour
2014–2017 51st Mana none Labour
2017–present 52nd Mana 20 Labour

Fifth National Government (2010–2017)[edit]

After the resignation of Mana MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban on 10 August 2010,[8] Faafoi was chosen to represent the Labour Party in the resulting by-election, which was set for 20 November.[9][10] Four people contesting the selection, with Faafoi defeating business manager Michael Evans, barrister Peter Foster and communications adviser Josie Pagani.[6] During the campaign, he was criticised for a campaign brochure stating, "I had a great start because my family settled in Mana," implying that he grew up in the electorate despite being raised in Christchurch.[2]

Faafoi won the by-election with 10,980 votes (46.4%), becoming the first MP of Tokelauan descent.[2] Hekia Parata from the National Party was placed second and received 9,574 (41.6%), giving Faafoi a margin of 1,080 votes (4.82%).[11] This was a significant decrease of Laban's majority of 6,155 (17.7%) at the 2008 general election.[12] Faafoi more than doubled the margin in the 2011,[13] and had a 7,953 votes margin in the 2014.[14]

Sixth Labour Government (2017–present)[edit]

Kris Faafoi was elected as a Minister of Civil Defence, Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister of Immigration, outside Cabinet by the Labour Party caucus following Labour's formation of a coalition government with New Zealand First and the Greens.[15][16]

On 30 August 2017, Faafoi announced that the Government was investing NZ$5.2 million into supporting "rapid response teams" to support communities in emergencies. The boost in funding was the result of a critical Ministerial Technical Advisory Group's (TAG) review of the Government's unsatisfactory responses to the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake and the 2017 Port Hills fires.[17][18] When Minister of Customs Meka Whaitiri “stood aside” over a "staffing matter" pending an investigation that same day, Faafoi assumed the Customs portfolio.[19][20]

On 7 September 2018 Faafoi was appointed Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media upon the resignation of Clare Curran.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hon Kris Faafoi". Labour Party. Retrieved 27 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Labour's Kris Faafoi wins Mana by-election". New Zealand Herald. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Small, Vernon (22 November 2010). "Mana's man Faafoi straight into 2011 campaign". Stuff. Retrieved 22 November 2010. 
  4. ^ NZ aOn Screen - Long Lost Sons (2004)
  5. ^ Jason Fa'afoi on IMDb
  6. ^ a b New Zealand Press Association (18 September 2010). "Labour picks former journalist for Mana seat". Television New Zealand. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Candidate is Kris Faafoi". Newstalk ZB. 18 September 2010. Archived from the original on 17 June 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Watkins, Tracy (10 August 2010). "By-election as Labour's Winnie Laban leaves Parliament". Stuff.co.nz. Archived from the original on 10 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  9. ^ Phil Goff (10 August 2010). "Luamanuvao Winnie Laban to stand down" (Press release). New Zealand Labour Party. Archived from the original on 10 August 2010. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Andrea Vance (4 October 2010). "Mana byelection set for Nov 20". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  11. ^ "By-Election Results -- Mana". Electoral Commission. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  12. ^ "Official Count Results – Mana". Elections New Zealand. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2010. 
  13. ^ "Official Count Results -- Mana". Electoral Commission. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Official Count Results -- Mana". Electoral Commission. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Who's in? Who's out?". Radio NZ. 20 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "Ministerial List". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  17. ^ Long, Jessica (30 August 2018). "Civil Defence Minister Kris Faafoi announces $5.2 million for rapid response teams for disasters". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 30 August 2018. 
  18. ^ "Government to invest $5.2 million in new 'fly-in teams' for civil defence emergencies". 1 News. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018. 
  19. ^ "Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri stands down from all ministerial portfolios over alleged assault on staff member". 1 News. 30 August 2018. Retrieved 30 August 2018. 
  20. ^ Hurley, Emma; Lynch, Jenna (30 August 2018). "PM Jacinda Ardern accepts Govt Minister Meka Whaitiri's offer to stand aside". Newshub. Retrieved 30 August 2018. 
  21. ^ https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/106908738/clare-curran-resigns-as-minister
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Luamanuvao Winnie Laban
Member of Parliament for Mana
2010–present
Incumbent
Political offices
Preceded by
Nathan Guy
Minister of Civil Defence
2017–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jacqui Dean
Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs
2017–present
Preceded by
Clare Curran
Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media
2018–present
Preceded by
Meka Whaitiri
Minister of Customs
2018-present
Party political offices
Preceded by
Chris Hipkins
Senior Whip of the Labour Party
2016–2017
Succeeded by
Ruth Dyson