Labour MP Poto Williams’ promotion is an “absolute honour and a privilege”, she told media as she was sworn in by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy as a Minister outside Cabinet awarded the community and voluntary sector portfolio. Ms Williams has a long history of working in the NFP sector. Before entering politics she was agency manager for West Auckland’s WAVES Trust an agency concerned with family violence.
The Christchurch East MP was bumped up during the Prime Minister’s reshuffle last week to be a Minister outside Cabinet.
She also received the associate portfolios of immigration, social development and Greater Christchurch Regeneration.
“It’s a big day for my family,” Ms Williams said, as her daughter, son-in-law, her sister and her uncle who is her surrogate parent watched her being sworn in. “They’ve supported me throughout my career, You can’t do this work on your own.”
“I’m really grateful for the Prime Minister’s support and hoping to live up to the expectations she’s placed on my shoulders.”
As a Minister, Ms Williams said she had the background and experience to contribute to the Prime Minister’s wellbeing agenda, especially in family violence and mental health.
She said her main strengths were her connections into the community, her association with the non-government sector and her work in a range of fields.