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Priyanca Radhakrishnan
Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Maungakiekie
Assumed office
23 September 2017
Preceded by Sam Lotu-liga
Personal details
Political party Labour (2006-present)
Alma mater Victoria University of Wellington
Website Labour Party profile

Priyanca Radhakrishnan is a New Zealand politician who was elected to the New Zealand parliament at the 2017 general election as a representative of the New Zealand Labour Party.

Early life and career[edit]

Radhakrishnan was born in southern India and grew up in Singapore before finally moving to New Zealand. She attended Victoria University of Wellington and graduated with a Masters degree in Development Studies.[1]

After graduating Radhakrishnan worked as a social worker amongst the Indian community in Auckland. She joined the Labour Party in 2006 and has worked on the internal party policy development process and has been active in both local and regional party organisation.[2]

Political career[edit]

New Zealand Parliament
Years Term Electorate List Party
2017–present 52nd Maungakiekie 12 Labour

A the 2014 election, Radhakrishnan was ranked number 23 on the Labour Party list, the highest newcomer, but narrowly missed out on election due to a drop in Labour's party vote that year.[3] In October 2016, Radhakrishnan was selected as Labour's candidate for the electorate of Maungakiekie for the 2017 election.[4] She was also ranked number 12 on Labour's list, making her the highest-ranked Labour member not already an MP and a significant increase from her ranking three years earlier.[5]


  1. ^ "Indians add colour to political canvas". Indian Newslink. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Priyanka Radhakrishnan will be the most possible Labour candidate for Maungakiekie Electorate". India NZ Herald. 23 October 2016. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Priyanca jumps up Labour list, 25 June 2014
  4. ^ "Priyanca Radhakrishnan". New Zealand Labour Party. Retrieved 14 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Revised Labour Party List for the 2017 Election". 15 August 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Sam Lotu-liga
Member of Parliament for Maungakiekie

Category:Living people Category:New Zealand Labour Party MPs Category:Members of the New Zealand House of Representatives Category:New Zealand women in politics Category:New Zealand list MPs Category:Women members of the New Zealand House of Representatives Category:Unsuccessful candidates in the New Zealand general election, 2014 Category:New Zealand people of Indian descent Category:Victoria University of Wellington alumni