Hon. Carmel Sepuloni - Minister's Address
Hon Carmel Sepuloni is the Minister for Social Development and the Minister for Disability Issues, as well as Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage and Pacific Peoples. She is also the Member of Parliament for Kelston, West Auckland.
Carmel is of Samoan, Tongan and NZ European decent. She was born and raised in New Zealand. She and her husband have a blended family of four boys ranging from 6 to 21 years old.
Outside of politics, Carmel has been a leader in the health and education sectors, including as CEO of New Zealand’s only national Pacific disability, mental health and older persons service provider, Vaka Tautua.
As the Minister for Social Development and Disability Issues, Carmel is committed to improving the lives and long-term outcomes of New Zealanders and particularly people in our welfare system. Carmel is currently leading an overhaul of New Zealand’s welfare system to ensure it is fair and accessible.