Kerala native becomes minister in New Zealand cabinet

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Priyanka's great grandfather was associated with the Communist party and played a crucial role in the formation of Kerala

Kerala native Priyanca Radhakrishnan has scripted history by becoming the first-ever Kiwi – Indian minister in the Jacinda Ardern ministry.

Daughter of Madavanaparambu Raman Radhakrishnan, who hails from Paravoor in Ernakulam district, and Usha, 41-year-old Priyanka had grown up in Singapore. She moved to New Zealand to pursue her master’s degree in development studies.

Priyanka, who switched on to active politics after her study, has become an MP for the second time. In her 14 years of political career, she had served as the private secretary to Jenny Salesa, former minister of ethnic communities, according to New Indian Express.

Jascinda, who was elected for a second term has vested important portfolios such as community and voluntary sector, diversity, inclusion and ethnic communities, youth on Priyanka. She is also an associate minister for social development and employment.

Though Priyanka’s parents were not involved in politics, her great grandfather was associated with the Communist party and played a crucial role in the formation of Kerala. Her husband, Richardson, is an IT employee from Christchurch.

On the eve of her elevation as a cabinet minister, Priyanca, clad in a yellow sari, had posted her pictures on her Facebook account coinciding with Diwali celebrations in her constituency in Maungakiekie, Auckland. She had earlier figures in a video, in which Jascinda extended Onam greetings to Malayalis.

The new Jascinda ministry will assume office on Friday, November 7.

Image Credit: Eascoast daily

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