The ministers most likely to have an impact on libraries and librarians are:
The Minister of Internal Affairs: Jan Tinetti
The Hon Jan Tinetti is based in Tauranga. Jan pursued a career in primary school teaching and taught in Invercargill and Greymouth before embarking on a career as a school principal. Over her 20 years as a primary school principal, she led four schools in Southland and Tauranga. Jan’s last position as principal before entering politics was Merivale School, Tauranga’s sole decile 1 school. Throughout her career in education, she has fiercely advocated at a national level for equal educational opportunities. After seeing families struggling in her local community, she has campaigned for them to access everything they need to thrive. Jan’s entry into politics stemmed from her belief that the Government has a role to play in ensuring all New Zealanders have access to the services they need to help them to be the best they can be. Source. You can read Minister Tinetti’s maiden speech here.
The National Library provides a wide range of useful services, including:
The Minister for Education: Chris Hipkins
The Hon Chris Hipkins retains his role of Minister for Education.
Chris passionately believes that every New Zealander deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential in life. He is a staunch advocate for and defender of our public education system.
Chris believes that a free, quality education is the right of every child. Chris entered Parliament in 2008 and became the Spokesperson for Education at the beginning of 2013.
He places a strong emphasis on social justice and believes that every New Zealander should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. Source.
The Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage: Carmel Sepuloni
The Hon Carmel Sepuloni steps up from her previous role of Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Carmel has always been committed to improving social, health and educational outcomes for all New Zealanders but has especially focused during her career on low socio-economic groups, Māori, Pacific, disabled people and sole parents.
During her political career Carmel has brought to the fore the slashing of the training incentive allowance, made public the impact of cuts to ACC funding for survivors of sexual violence, campaigned for better legislation around social workers and fought for the right to privacy for social service users. Source.
The Minister for Local Government: Nanaia Mahuta
The Hon Nanaia Mahuta retains her position of Minister for Local Government.
During her time in Parliament, Nanaia supported policies and initiatives that built the capacity of communities, especially social service organisations, greater investment in education, employment and training opportunities particularly for young people, supported the continuation of the Treaty Settlement process and supported specific initiatives that lift the wellbeing and opportunities for young mums and those who are vulnerable and victims of abuse. Source.
Nanaia Mahuta is New Zealand's first female Minister of Foreign Affairs and the second of Māori heritage, after Winston Peters.