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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the latest ministers of Parliament on Monday, including the appointment of Nanaia Mahuta as Foreign Minister; The nation’s first indigenous woman holds the post.
Only shy of a quarter-century of political prowess, including her most recent roles as Maori Development Minister and the Local Government, Mahuta will participate in what is becoming one of the most diverse institute in the world. “I’m very excited about this team,” said Ardern. “They bring experience from the ground, and from within politics. But they also represent innovation and reflect the New Zealand we live in today.”
Mahuta is one of the 16 Maori ministers of New Zealand. Also contributing to the cabinet’s cultural diversity include members of parliament Ibrahim Omer and Vanushi Walters, the first parliamentary leaders of African and Sri Lankan origin.
This 4.8 million people country is represented by 120 elected members of its parliament. Currently, more than half of them are women and about 10% are lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender.
The New Zealand government is also making a turn by bringing younger members to parliament. Ardern, who began a second term in October, became the youngest female head of government in the world when he was elected New Zealand’s 40th prime minister in 2017; She was 37 years old at that time.
Professor Paul Spoonley, Vice Chancellor of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities at Massey University, believes that the New Zealand parliament is the most diverse parliament in national history in terms of gender, ethnicity and indigenous representation. . Spoonley told Reuters in an October interview: “What we see is the departure of many older, male, white lawmakers, including some who have been in parliament for more than 30 years.” .
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