Priyanca Radhakrishnan was appointed as New Zealand’s first-ever Indian-origin minister today, November 2. Radhakrishnan is one of the five new members that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has brought into her executive. She will manage the following portfolios: Minister for Diversity, Inclusion and Ethnic Communities, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment. Forty-one-year-old Radhakrishnan is all set to be sworn in on Friday, November 6.
Personal Life And Education
Born in 1979, in Chennai, to Paravoor Madavanaparambu Raman Radhakrishnan and Usha Radhakrishnan, Priyanca Radhakrishnan has her roots in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. New Indian Express reports her great- grandfather was a prominent figure in Kerala’s left-wing progressive politics and played a crucial role in the formation of the state.
Priyanca pursued her elementary education at a Singapore school. Consequently, she went on to pursue her master’s degree in development studies from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She was electedas the International Students’ Officer on the Massey University Students Association at university. In 2010, Radhakrishnan went on to marry an IT professional from Christchurch in Hammer Springs. She currently resides in Auckland with her husband and two rescue dogs.
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