Associate Minister for Pacific Peoples
Hon Carmel Jean Sepuloni
Hon Carmel Sepuloni is Minister for Social Development and Associate Minister for Pacific Peoples and MP for Kelston.
She is of Samoan, Tongan and NZ European decent. Carmel was born and raised in Waitara but has lived in Auckland since 1996. Carmel is the mother of two boys aged 4 and 19 years.
Outside of politics she has worked broadly across the health and education sectors, working as a Literacy Educator with youth in West Auckland, teaching in Samoa, managing equity programmes at the University of Auckland, managing the Pacific non-regulated Pacific health research project and acting as CEO of New Zealand’s only National Pacific health provider, Vaka Tautua.
Carmel has always been committed to improving social, health and educational outcomes for all New Zealanders but has especially focused during her career on low socio-economic groups, Māori, Pacific, disabled people and sole parents. During her political career Carmel has brought to the fore the slashing of the training incentive allowance, made public the impact of cuts to ACC funding for survivors of sexual violence, campaigned for better legislation around social workers and fought for the right to privacy for social service users.
As the Minister for Social Development and Disability issues Carmel is dedicated to building a fairer welfare system that treats New Zealanders with the respect, upholds their dignity and supports them and their families to realise their potential.
As Associate Minister for Pacific Peoples she is committed to advancing the economic and social progress of Pacific people as well as supporting Minister Sio in his official duties.