Hekia Parata to be appointed MinisterPrime Minister
Prime Minister John Key today announced that Hekia Parata is to be appointed a Minister in Cabinet.
“Ms Parata takes over the Ethnic Affairs and Women’s Affairs portfolios previously held by Pansy Wong. She will also be Associate Minister for ACC, of Energy and Resources and for the Community and Voluntary Sector,” Mr Key says.
Ms Parata’s role as Associate Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector follows discussions with Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Tariana Turia, who requested an associate in this portfolio. It is no longer considered necessary to have an associate in Mrs Turia’s Disability Issues portfolio.
Ms Parata will be sworn in on Wednesday afternoon by Her Excellency the Administrator of the Government.
“Ms Parata has a strong background in the public service and has also been a successful businesswoman.
“Her competence and ability were highlighted by the excellent result she achieved for the National Party in the recent Mana by-election, after running an outstanding campaign.
“I look forward to welcoming Ms Parata to the Executive,” Mr Key says.
Ms Parata was elected as a National List MP in 2008.