Priyanca Radhakrishnan from Malayali family creates a proud moment for all Indians after being appointed as the first-ever Indian Minister in New Zealand. Born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Priyanca is the daughter of Paravoor Madavanaparambu Radhakrishnan and the late Usha.
On Monday November 2, 2020, Indian origin Priyanca Radhakrishnan was appointed as the minister of diversity inclusion and ethnic communities and the minister of community and voluntary sector. She was also given associate ministry of social development and employment. Priyanca is a second-time Labour MP in New Zealand. She also holds the position of associate minister for social development and employment. She revealed this proud moment with her father who lives in Chennai.
She also expressed her gratitude on facebook.
Indian political leaders also wished her congratulations for this achievement.
Here’s is a brief description of her history and achievements till now:
In September 2017, Radhakrishnan was appointed as a Labour party MP, in September 2019, she was elected as Parliamentary private secretary to the minister of ethnic communities.
Radhakrishnan has her roots in Paravoor, Kerala, even though most of her relatives are based in Chennai. In her early days she moved from her birthplace to Singapore for schooling, and then to New Zealand to pursue higher education. She graduated with a master’s degree from Victoria University of Wellington.
After graduation, Radhakrishnan worked as a social worker in Auckland. In 2006, she became a member of the New Zealand Labour Party, and contributed to the internal party policy development process. She had her equal interests in both local and regional party organization. Currently, she lives in Auckland with her husband, Richardson who is an IT employee.
Lauds by Kerala CM
Current Chief Minister (Pinarayi Vijayan) of Kerala lauds Priyanca for her achievement and sent a letter to her wishing that as a minister she will deliver model service for the development of Newzealand.