|Dr Rajen Prasad
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Labour Party list
2008 – 2014
|Committees||Social Services Committee|
Prasad is of Indo-Fijian descent. Prasad led Massey University at Albany during its establishment in 1993 and was Race Relations Conciliator between 1996 and 2001. In June 2004 Prasad was appointed as the first Chief Commissioner of the newly established Families Commission, serving until 2008.
Member of Parliament
|Parliament of New Zealand|
At the 2008 election Prasad was placed at number 12 on the Labour Party list and was subsequently elected to Parliament. This was a very high list placing, far in advance of many sitting cabinet ministers. He was re-elected, albeit at a lower list placing of 30, in 2011.
In 2008, Prasad was appointed Labour's spokesperson for Voluntary and Community Sector, and associate spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs and Social Development – Family and CYF by Labour leader Phil Goff. He was later appointed spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs, as well as associate spokesperson for Social Development.
In 2013 under the new leadership of David Cunliffe, a new Labour shadow cabinet reshuffle was announced with Prasad the Spokesperson on Immigration, Associate Spokesperson for Ethnic Affairs and Associate Spokesperson for Social Development (CYFS). Prasad announced his plans to retire ahead of the general election in September 2014.
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