New Government Ministerial positions announced

Wed 25 Oct 2017

Following the formation of the Labour, New Zealand First and Green Party Government, Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern has announced Ministerial portfolio ...

Following the formation of the Labour, New Zealand First and Green Party Government, Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern has announced Ministerial portfolio responsibilities.

Jacinda Ardern said "I am proud of my Ministers. The team well knows the responsibilities they are taking on. We are all ready and determined to make a difference as we govern for all New Zealanders."

Key positions relevant to family and whānau violence include:

Minister of Justice Andrew Little
Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Justice (Domestic and Sexual Violence Issues) Jan Logie
Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni
Minister for Children Tracey Martin
Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Jacinda Ardern
Minister for Women Julie-Anne Genter
Minister for Māori Development  Nanaia Mahuta
Minister for Whānau Ora  Peeni Henare
Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio
Minister for Ethnic Communities Jenny Salesa
Minister for Seniors Tracey Martin
Minister for Disability Issues Carmel Sepuloni
Minister of Health David Clark
Minister for ACC Iain Lees-Galloway
Minister of Education Chris Hipkins
Minister of Police Stuart Nash
Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Peeni Henare

A full list of Ministers is available from the Labour Party.

The coalition agreement between Labour and New Zealand First includes the priority/goal to "Increase funding for family violence networks, including Women’s Refuge and Shakti." (page 4)

Policy statements on family and whānau violence

Prior to the election, political parties provided policy statements on family and whānau violence.

Women's Refuge requested policy statements from the major parties - the full party statements are available on the Women's Refuge website.

Tick 4 Kids and UNICEF created a family violence scorecard, based on the parties' policy positions.

For more analysis of policies, see the previous NZFVC news story Election 2017 - political parties' policies and family and whānau violence.


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Image: Parliament House by Michal Klajban ( (own work), CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Image: Michal Klajban